New England Lacrosse Journal - April 2017 - 42
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The Cannons were in a pinch when longtime goaltender Jordan Burke
retired in mid-March last year, only weeks before the start of the season, but
the team moved quickly to find its new top guy�
Shortly after the retirement announcement, the team announced
it traded three players and a first-round draft pick to the Chesapeake
Bayhawks for Tyler Fiorito� The deal did not disappoint� Fiorito played every
possible minute for the Cannons, finishing fourth in the league in goalsagainst average and third in save percentage, while earning his second
consecutive trip to the All-Star game�
How did you get started playing lacrosse? "Both my parents
are from Connecticut and didn't know the sport well� My dad and
I were throwing a baseball around and my neighbor came over
and told us we were playing the wrong sport� He said, 'No one
does that here, you need to play lacrosse�' They were the Will
brothers (and) they played at UNC� Five years later, when I was
12, they needed a goalie, and I'd hop in cage with them�"
What did you think of your first year with the Cannons? "It was a great experience� It's a little bit of a younger, less
experienced team than the Bayhawks, which I had been on� It
was exciting to take on more of a leadership role� I think at that
point last year, playing with my roommate from college, Chad
Wiedmaier, was a great experience� We played together for four
years at Princeton� Unfortunately, he retired, but it was a great experience� I got to play with Will Manny, Brodie Merrill (and) Mitch Belisle�
The Cannons front office is one of the best in the league� The connectivity
with the community in Boston and the whole Northeast, they do a lot of
grassroots marketing� They get a ton of fans to games�"
What's your favorite thing to do when in Boston? "The funny
thing about this league is you don't have a ton of time� We fly in Friday
night, practice Saturday morning, play Saturday night and fly out Sunday�
It's like a business trip� Boston in the summer is beautiful� The hotel we
stay in is on the Charles� It's a great time to de-stress from the work week�
It's nice hanging out with the guys and going out with them in Boston� It's
an escape from my life in New York City, which is busy�"
How do you prepare for a season where you play every minute of
every game? "I wouldn't want it any other way� A staple of my career since
high school, I've been very fortunate to log a lot of minutes and stay healthy�
That makes me a good goalie� I'm very consistent� That's all you can ask� The more
I play, the more you can understand and anticipate where guys will shoot, the
more comfortable I get in goal and make sure I'm playing my angles as best I can�"
What's your favorite thing to do when you're not playing
lacrosse? "I love to travel as much as I can� Home in New York, with work
in New York, 60-hour weeks and traveling on the weekends, it's nice to hang
out in my apartment, go see a movie� The coolest thing about New York is all
the great food� I like to try a new restaurant every week� Not everyone can
say they have the best restaurants on every corner�"
Stick: "I work with Warrior/Brine, so I've used the Brine Eraser�"
Helmet: "I've used Cascade, but this year I'll be using the Warrior (helmet)�"
Gloves: Nemesis Pro
Pads: Warrior� "I still use the chest protector I got my freshman year of
college with a Princeton 'P' stitched on the chest�"
Cleats: "I don't wear cleats� I only wear turf shoes� I wear the Warrior
New Balance Freezes�"
Team: Boston Cannons
Hometown: Phoenix, Md�
Birthdate: Sept� 22, 1989
Pregame meal: "Chicken parm is a staple
the night before� I think I've had that every
single day in college and with the Cannons�"
Visiting stadium: "The Naval Academy
is a great venue there� I spent a lot of time
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there on the team, and now, traveling, it's
one of the best places to play�"
Practice drill: "There's more drills I despise
as a goalie than I love� The worst one is 3-on2s back and forth when defensemen decide
they're shooters and shoot as hard as they
can� ... I enjoy transition drills getting up
What was your favorite class at Princeton? "Princeton has a good
public policy school� I took a class on ethics in public policy� Being taught by
a top leader in the space, that was interesting� Not only is it a great institution, you're surrounded by the smartest people in the world debating topics�"
What's something you want the readers to know about you?
"I did run with the bulls in Pamplona� It was cool� You don't sleep� You go
the day before and you line up at 6 and you run with the bulls at 7:30� You
let the first one go by and chase it in and hope the rest don't catch you� It's
definitely an experience�"
- PHIL SHORE
Major League Lacrosse
and down the field, full-field scrimmage� It's
upbeat and all the guys get into it�"
Vacation spot: Barcelona
Actor: Margot Robbie
Movie: "Boondock Saints"
TV show: "The Wire"
Book: Harry Potter
Video game: "FIFA"
Sport other than lacrosse: soccer
Athlete: Cristiano Ronaldo
Team: Real Madrid
Article of clothing: Anything Lululemon
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