New England Lacrosse Journal - April 2017 - 9
(Bourne, Mass.) - still with Boston from
the franchise's lone MLL title in 2011, Buchanan has seen plenty of comings and
goings in his time in the league. As much
as change is an understood reality in a
league of mostly part-time players, it was
reassuring to have it be more of a reunion
than a meet-and-greet when the Cannons
got together for training camp March 2426 in Beverly, Mass., and held an official
media day on March 27 in Boston.
"There is familiarity," Buchanan said.
"It's like picking up where we left off last
year. When you have a change at the
helm it's difficult. Having that head start
is huge for us. Having that mindset, that
same direction going forward into game
one, is great."
Those expectations have the enthusiasm level of Hawkins back soaring early in
training camp. Entering his third season in
Boston, where he now works in lacrosse-related activities full-time as he looks to help
the sport expand its brand in the area, he
said he is embracing being one of the faces of a franchise he hopes is poised to join
the other professional teams in the region
as perennial championship contenders.
Major League Lacrosse
Kevin Buchanan is one of only two players
remaining from the Cannons' MLL title in 2011.
"It's great to see Coach Tuck back on
the sideline," Hawkins said. "He's just
right back in it. You can see it already in
how the offense, especially, has really responded to him in just three practices. It
seems Coach Quirk and Coach Tuck have
a great relationship already as well. That's
where it starts for us. It translates to the
"You look around the league and the
successful teams try to keep that core and
nucleus together. I think it came together
later last year. And then we added some
new pieces, and brought back pieces. I really do think it's coming to a head where
we have that nucleus. We have a lot of
guys who (live) in market. You really hope
that this starts to build and snowball into
wins on the field."
In a league where the margin that sep-
arates teams is razor thin - seven teams
tied for four playoff spots last year with
identical 8-6 records - chemistry and
confidence can be the difference between
a team playing on championship weekend and one of players who spend an entire offseason trying to figure out exactly
why they were sent home for good at the
end of the regular season.
"We really hit our stride last year probably midway - probably a little bit after
that," Quirk said. "We finished real strong.
We put ourselves in every position to
make the playoffs. We just didn't do that
early in the season."
That's why players and coaches agreed
that the emphasis will be starting strong
so, if anything, the Cannons can play with
a cushion this season instead of having to
play catch-up the entire summer.
"Every game is a playoff game,"
Hawkins said. "It's always playoff time for
us because there are so few teams.
"You don't want to be in those tiebreakers. They don't make sense and they
are confusing. You've just got to win to
June 20-22, 2017
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