Last week, we chatted with PLL Cannons Head Coach, Sean Quirk, who gave us an awesome deep dive into his career and the nature of the sport. One story that stuck out was how Paul Rabil, the Co-Founder of the league and the GOAT of Lacrosse, was traded to the Cannons in what would be his final season.
The history of the Rabil and the Cannons dates back years prior, and the connection is no coincidence. When there was still Major League Lacrosse, the Boston Cannons selected Rabil 1st overall back in 2008. He grew as a player and became one of the sports finest. During his tenure he was named to his seven consecutive All-Star team and named MLL First-Team All-Pro for the six times in a row. He also was a 2x MVP and 3x Offensive Player of the Year.
Years later, after starting his PLL career with Atlas LC, Rabil made his way back to the Cannons, and the rest is history. As Coach Quirk said, it was a no-brainer move.
PODCAST 33:14 - Quirk led the Boston Cannons to the final Major League Lacrosse Championship in 2020, and earned the franchise a bid to the Premier Lacrosse League the next year. But, like many in the sport of lacrosse, his journey began far before he dreamed of calling the shots on the sidelines for the greatest players in the world. Coach Quirk joins the show to discuss his decorated career as an All-American goalie, his D3-record coaching stint at Endicott, and the lessons he’s learned along the way. We also discuss coaching Paul Rabil & Lyle Thompson, how far the PLL can go, and lacrosse’s potential to crack America’s major sports.