Jordan Burke, the Boston Cannons starting goalie of the last five seasons, retired this past week. The Cannons lost backup goaltender Adam Ghitelman to the Atlanta Blaze in the expansion draft, leaving the team without any potential starting goaltender.
There is limited experience on the roster and virtually no starting experience whatsoever. Major League Lacrosse has had several top goaltenders retire this off season now between Burke and Jesse Schwartzman, and many teams such as Ohio, Atlanta, and Chesapeake have made moves, leaving the position thinner than ever.
Hagarty is one of two Endicott lacrosse products on this Cannons roster. He was added by Boston originally in the 18th round of the 2012 MLL Supplemental Draft. He has seen one game of action in his career, and that came in 2013. Hagarty played a little less than 18 minutes in that contest and gave up three goals, making three saves, for a 10.08 goals against average. Hagarty is also an assistant coach at Endicott.
Murphy was an eighth round pick of the Cannons back in the 2014 draft out of Fairfield. He was the ECAC goaltender of the year in his senior season of 2014 with the Stags. His 8.35 goals against average was the seventh best in the country overall.
Runkel, a Loyola product, has limited experience playing professional lacrosse. A 6’4 goaltender, Runkel was between the pipes when the Greyhounds made their national championship run in 2012. Runkel has spent time with the Charlotte Hounds and has been playing indoor lacrosse in the Baltimore Indoor Lacrosse League and Premier Series Lacrosse this past fall.
Bell was a seventh round pick in the 2016 MLL draft out of Endicott, where he played for the new Cannons head coach Sean Quirk. Endicott has been a division three powerhouse and Bell is a three-time All-American heading into his final season with the team. He and Hagarty are both products of the Gulls, and will have opportunities behind coach Quirk.