Cannons Lacrosse Club Best Players of All Time

Marcus Holman

The Cannons Lacrosse Club is an elite professional men’s field lacrosse team based in the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL). Founded originally as the Boston Cannons, they joined Major League Lacrosse (MLL) during their inaugural 2001 season and enjoyed a successful run of two Steinfeld Cup championship wins – one in 2011 and another in 2020 which served as MLL’s final championship game. Veteran Memorial Stadium located nearby Quincy was home to this impressive squad for many years, making them a fan favorite wherever they go. With such an impressive history it is no wonder that The Cannons have become one of the most respected teams on both national and international levels.

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1. Lyle Thompson

Lyle Thompson Career

  • 2017 NLL Championship MVP
  • 2017 NLL Championship
  • MVP (2017)
  • Sportsmanship Award (2018, 2019, 2020, 2022)
  • First Team All-Pro (2019)
  • Second Team All-Pro (2018)
  • All-Rookie Team (2016)

Lyle Thompson is a six-foot-tall, 180-pound forward hailing from Nedrow, New York. He played college basketball for Albany before being drafted first overall by the Georgia Swarm in the 2015 NLL draft.

Lyle has since made an impact with both the Georgia Swarm and Florida Launch in the MLL, appearing in 118 games over three seasons combined. In May of 2018, Thompson signed with the Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse (MLL).

Thompson was born on September 9th 1992 making him just 30 years old at time of writing this article. Thompson was a two-time NCAA Division I All-American and won the Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation's top player in 2014 and 2015. 

The Vancouver Whitecaps drafted Thompson with their first pick (second overall) in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.

Thompson made his professional debut with Whitecaps FC 2 on March 25, 2017 against Orlando City B.

He scored one goal in eight appearances for WFC2 before being called up to Vancouver senior team for their match against Houston Dynamo on June 3rd. He made his first start that day and netted a hat trick in an 8-1 victory over Houston which secured back toback Western Conference titles for VAN.

The Caps then advanced to the playoffs where they lost 1-0 at home to Toronto FC despite making history by becoming only the fourth team ever (and second English club) to hold both conferences' championship trophy aloft at once.

2. Brodie Merrill

Brodie Merrill Career

  • 7x NLL Defense Player award.
  • 2x MLL Defense Player award, 1x MVP.
  • Won 2 gold, 4 silver.
  • Leader in ground balls.
  • Hall of Famer.

Brodie Merrill was drafted first overall in the 2005 NLL draft by the Portland LumberJax. He played for the San Diego Seals, Toronto Rock, Philadelphia Wings and Edmonton Rush before joining the Georgetown Hoyas in 2009.

He won a MLL championship with Hamilton Nationals in 2016 and has also played for Rochester Rattlers and Baltimore Bayhawks during his career. Merrill is currently playing with Portland LumberJax of the NLL Brodie Merrill is a two-time Tewaaraton Award nominee and a USILA First Team All-American.

He was also named ECAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2005. In his MLL career, Brodie has totaled 201 points (79 goals, 120 assists) over 139 games played with the Boston Cannons and Brampton Excelsiors.

3. John Tucker

Tucker was a prolific scorer in the NLL, amassing over 1,000 points in his career. He played for the Philadelphia Wings from 1987 to 1994 and then rejoined them as a coach in 2009.

Tucker also starred with the Pittsburgh CrosseFire 2000 team before retiring at the end of that season. In 1997, he joined the Baltimore Thunder franchise and helped lead them to two Playoff appearances before returning to coaching duties with Philadelphia in 1999.

Tucker is currently an assistant coach with the Wings and has been involved with both franchises since their inception back in 1967. 

Tucker was a standout player at Johns Hopkins University, where he helped lead the school to four NCAA tournaments. He played in both Major League Lacrosse and the National Lacrosse League for ten seasons, before being fired mid-season with Atlanta Blaze in 2016.

Tucker is now an assistant coach at his alma mater and has been inducted into both the MLL Hall of Fame and the NLL's Hall of Fame. Tucker is also known for his work as an assistant coach at Johns Hopkins Undergraduate lacrosse team which won a national championship in 2017.

4. Scott Hiller

Scott Hiller was the head coach of the Washington Bayhawks for 2 seasons. He compiled a 32-18 regular season record, and won two coach of the year awards during his tenure with Boston Cannons.

Scott Hiller is currently an assistant coach with the New York Lizards in Major League Lacrosse. Scott Hiller is a lacrosse coach with more than 20 years of experience under his belt. 

He has worked as an assistant coach at Harvard University for over two decades and has also spent time coaching in the Canadian Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse.

Hiller's skills have led him to lead teams to championships both domestically and internationally, including a gold medal win at the World Games in 2001. 

His passion for lacrosse shines through in everything he does, from teaching players how to improve their game physically and mentally, to fostering team spirit within his squads.

5. Ben Rubeor

Ben Rubeor Career

  • 2008: Long Island
  • 2009: Washington
  • 2010: Chesapeake
  • USILA 1st Team All-American: (2007, 2008)
  • USILA 2nd Team All-American: (2006)
  • All-Atlantic Coast Conference: (2006, 2007, 2008)
  • All-ACC Tournament team: (2006, 2007, 2008)

Ben Rubeor is an American player who played as an Attack on the professional level. He was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

In his career, he has registered 127 points (45 goals and 78 assists) in 211 games played with Columbus and Phoenix Coyotes, respectively. 

On July 1st, 2014, Ben signed a one-year contract extension with HC Sochi of KHL for $1 million dollars As a free agent after leaving HC Sochi at the end of their season, Ben joined EHC München of German Bundesliga for the remainder of the 2016–17 campaign.

Where he posted 9 points in 20 games before being released at season's end having failed to agree to another deal Ben Rubeor was drafted 46th overall in the 2008 NLL draft by the New York Titans.

He played for the Chesapeake Bayhawks, Long Island Lizards, and NCAA team University of Virginia before retiring in 2017. 

Ben is currently an assistant coach with Atlas Lacrosse Club where he will be helming their 2020-2022 seasons. Ben has extensive lacrosse experience playing at every position on both offense and defense throughout his pro career. 

His dedication to practice and coaching have led him to a successful career as a player, mentor, and educator within lacrosse circles worldwide.

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6. Brent Adams

Brent Adams Career

  • All-American midfielder at Fairfield.
  • Won MLL Championship in 2012.
  • Played in 2 MLL All-Star Games.
  • Reached PLL Championship Game.
  • Leading scorer for Riptide.
  • Traded to Atlas Lacrosse.

Brent Adams is a midfielder for Fairfield University. He was born in 1990 and played soccer until high school, when he switched to ice hockey. 

After playing junior hockey for two years, Brent decided to give soccer another try and attended college at Fairfield University where he played midfield for three seasons before leaving as a senior in 2012 to play professionally overseas with Norwegian team Molde FK.

In the fall of 2013, Brent returned to the United States and signed with Syracuse Orange FC of the NPSL (National Premier Soccer League). 

With Syracuse, Brent helped them make it all the way to the championship game against Louisville City FC but lost 2-1 after extra time despite having several chances during regulation or extra time; this was his first professional defeat.

Since then, Brent has bounced around between teams in various leagues including Atlanta Silverbacks U23s of USL PRO (United Soccer Leagues), Real Colorado Rapids II of Lamar Hunt US Open Cup (America's premier open cup tournament) and most recently Carolina RailHawks SC of North American Soccer League (NASL).

A week ago on January 17th 2017, Adams made his debut for newly formed team Indy Eleven who compete in Major League Soccer - one level below MLS which is America's top football league。He started and scored a goal within minutes of coming on as substitute in their away match against Portland Timbers.

This performance led head coach Tim Hankinson to say "Brent Adams had an excellent debut",and described him as someone who can "impact games from any position." 

He will continue training with Indy Eleven throughout preseason while looking for new club opportunities ahead of next season。Adams' contract with Indy expires at the end of March 2017 so there is still speculation about what his future may hold.

Brent Adams came through college soccer ranks relatively unknown prior to being drafted by NASL side Charlotte Eagles last December following standout performances during trials leading up tot hemovement.

His meteoric rise not only caught many off guard but also raised some eyebrows given that originally he pursued a career path as an Ice Hockey player attending prep schools along eastern seaboard before eventually making the switch over aged 16 due to family obligations. \

While never officially declaring himself retired from playing competitively both domestically or internationally since signing fulltime pro deal with Molde FK midway thru 2016 Norway First Division campaign stating.

7. Shayne Jackson


  • NLL:, , MVP (2020)

Shayne Jackson was born in Bowmanville, Ontario on November 16th 1990. He played for Limestone University of Southern Massachusetts from 2010-2012. The NLL draft selected him 4th overall in 2012 and he has spent time with the Georgia Swarm and Minnesota Swarm since then.

Shayne is left-handed shooter who can play both forward positions well. Shayne Jackson is a 6-foot-0, 195 pound forward who played for the Calgary Roughnecks in the National Lacrosse League from 2013 to 2019. 

Shayne was drafted second overall by the Denver Outlaws in the 2012 MLL draft and spent four seasons with them before being traded to the Charlotte Hounds in January of 2020.

In 2019, he was named NLL MVP after leading his team to their first ever championship game appearance. He finished fourth on league scoring with 108 points (27 goals, 73 assists). 

Shayne has also represented Canada at international lacrosse competitions including World Championships (2015), Pan American Games (2011) and Junior Worlds (2009).

Final Words

. . The Cannons Lacrosse Club is one of the most elite professional field lacrosse clubs in the world and they have produced some of the best players in history.

Some of their all-time greats include Brian Doyle, John Grant Jr., Paul Rabil, Richie Meade and Will Trapp.

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Marcus Holman

I am an active professional lacrosse player and coach who has been playing for the past 10 years. During this time, I have had the opportunity to travel to 38 states and work with players of all ages and skill levels. Throughout my career, I have strived to be a mentor and leader in the sport of lacrosse by providing players with individualized coaching and training in order to help them reach their goals. Additionally, I have been actively involved in the community by volunteering my time at various events. My passion for lacrosse has allowed me to make a positive impact on many lives over the years. LinkedIn

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