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Boston Cannons Win The Championship In Their PLL Debut

While the Cannons lacrosse club has officially been in the Premier Lacrosse League since 2020, Presidents Day weekend marked their debut as the "Boston Cannons." The PLL announced home cities for each of their eight professional clubs back in November. In the league's first action since November, it couldn't have been a better launch for the Boston Cannons as they won the Championship Series. Yesterday, in overtime, the Cannons defeated the Philadelphia Waterdogs in thrilling fashion. The top four teams took over the Washington DC area starting Friday night to square off in the PLL's biggest action before the start of the regular season in late May. Here, they competed "in the round-robin, six-on-six tournament inspired by the Lacrosse Sixes game format recently added to the Los Angeles Olympic in 2028,” the PLL states. Matt Kavanagh scored the game-winning goal in OT to end the Championship Series. Prior to that, the Cannons had scored the final two goals in regulation to force the extra time. Asher Nolting, who had a game-high of six goals, scored towards the end of the 4th. Overall, the Cannons won three out of their five games in the tournament, making Boston the first official home city champion in PLL play. The Boston Cannons were quite a familiar lacrosse force in the area through 2019, when they were part of the Major League Lacrosse. Shortly after, the MLL merged all operations into the PLL. Therefore, the Championship Series was quite a significant event for the city, now having a pro team in the highest league of competition. Coach Brian Holman For Cannons Head Coach and General Manager Brian Holman, the opening success comes with double the reward. To start, Holman coached his son. Marcus Holman plays for the Cannons. Then, in their father-and-son pro debut, they take the crown. "One of our goals as an organization is to really establish ourselves in the community and bring the best fans in the league another championship back to Boston," Brian Holman told us. As the players celebrated on the field, Coach Holman told Dana Boyle of ESPN, "It’s beyond words,” when asked how it felt to win the Championship Series. Furthermore, on the team's Instagram, their bio reads, "Forged by the Past, Built for the Future." With the Boston Cannons wining the 2024 Championship Series they are certainly off to a good start. [select-listicle listicle_id="641192" syndication_name="4-reasons-why-the-pll-will-continue-to-grow-professional-lacrosse" description="yes"]

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