NORTH ANDOVER, MA - Recent Merrimack men's lacrosse graduate, Nick Maggio (Winchester, Mass.), was picked up by the Boston Cannons of the MLL, Major League Lacrosse.
"I am really happy Nick," said head coach Mike Morgan. "He has worked hard on his craft over the past couple of seasons to become an elite face off man and he has received this great opportunity for all his work."
After being picked up by the Cannons, the face off specialist was placed on the practice squad. Maggio is the third Warrior in history to be picked up by a MLL team, joining Greg Rogowski who plays for the Rochester Rattlers and Neal Anderson who also played for the Cannons.
Maggio was noticed by the Cannons after a strong showing at the Vail Lacrosse Shootout. Maggio was on the Brine Elite team that came in fourth place overall. All tournament long he beat division I face off men from some of the best teams in the country, including Johns Hopkins, Fairfield, Georgetown, Denver, UMass and Rutgers.
"This is great exposure for our program as their are not many division II players that get the chance to play in the MLL," stated Morgan.
Arguably the best faceoff specialist in the league if not the country over his four seasons with the Warriors, Maggio won 59% of his draws as a senior, setting school records for faceoff percentage, faceoff wins, ground balls in a season and ground balls in a career. Maggio closed out his senior campaign scooping up 87 ground balls to give him 410 career ground balls, ranking him first over all three divisions in ground balls in a career among active players. Maggio was a two-time NEILA All New England selection as well.