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Launch Acquire First Round Pick from Boston Cannons in Exchange for Matt Landis

February 1, 2017
The Florida Launch have acquired a conditional first round pick in the 2017 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft from the Boston Cannons in exchange for defensemen Matt Landis and Rob Haus.

If Landis does not report to Boston for training camp, the fourth overall pick will return to the Cannons and the Launch will retain Landis’s rights. Florida already holds the first overall pick in the draft in addition to today’s acquisition.

“This gives us tremendous flexibility going forward to continue to build the Launch,” said Head Coach Tom Mariano. “Our goal is to build the Launch into a championship organization.”

The Launch also received defenseman Evan Connell in the trade. Connell, a former seventh round draft pick by the Charlotte Hounds, will reunite with his former University of North Carolina teammate Steve Pontrello in Florida. Connell, a LSDM during his time at UNC, will look to make an impact in a talented Launch defense led by All-Star Tucker Durkin.

The Launch return to action on April 23 as a part of a three game roadshow dubbed “The Florida Tour.” The tour will take professional lacrosse to three different Florida cities for the first time. The Launch head back to FAU Stadium on June 10 to face the New York Lizards. To reserve your seat for all of the action, visit or call 561-923-9067 for more information.