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Cannons hire Sean Quirk as new coach

The Boston Cannons announced Thursday that they have hired Sean Quirk as the sixth head coach in franchise history.

Quirk, a native of Cheshire, Conn., previously was coach of the men’s lacrosse team at Endicott College, where he led the Gulls to a 243-95 record and nine NCAA tournament appearances in 18 seasons. He will remain Endicott’s associate director of athletics.

“Sean’s résumé from his college playing days to 18 years at Endicott College shows he is a winner, and he will be bringing that pedigree of success to the Cannons,” said Cannons general manager Kevin Barney.

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Quirk was a two-time All-America selection and the 1995 Goalie of the Year while playing at Springfield College, where he helped lead the Pride to the 1994 Division 2 national title.

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“I am extremely excited,” said Quirk. “I look forward to getting to work with a talented group of men on and off the field during the 2016 MLL season.

“I’ve already spoken with a few of the players and I know they are hungry for the season to begin. They are already dedicating themselves now in preparation for a great year.”

In early September, the Cannons announced that coach John Tucker, whose contract was up, would not return to the team so he could pursue other opportunities.

The Cannons went 8-6-2 last season and made the playoffs for the first time since 2012. They lost in the semifinals to the New York Lizards, 16-15.