Aug. 1, 2008
BOSTON, Mass. - In their second major deal this week, the Boston Blazers announced today that they acquired forward Sean Morris, a former University of Massachusetts All-American from Marshfield, Mass..
To obtain the services of Morris, former Syracuse University defenseman Steve Panarelli and a 2010 second-round draft choice, the Blazers traded defenseman Devan Wray to the Calgary Roughnecks in exchange for defenseman Travis Gillespie and a third-round selection in the 2009 National Lacrosse League (NLL) entry draft. To complete the three-way trade, Boston sent Gillespie, forward Tom Johnson and a third-round draft pick in the 2009 NLL entry draft to the San Jose Stealth.
The deal unites two players from the University of Massachusetts' 2006 NCAA Final Four team as Morris joins defenseman Jack Reid who was acquired by the Blazers in a trade on Tuesday, July 29. Morris was the 2005 and 2006 New England player of the year as a collegian.
"We are very excited about Sean's potential for growth as he plays the indoor game," said Blazers head coach and general manager Tom Ryan. "Sean and Jack Reid led the 2006 UMass Minutemen to the NCAA Finals, and we believe they will be two key components for the future success of the Blazers."
Morris, currently playing in the MLL with the Boston Cannons, was a standout at Marshfield High School where he graduated in 2001 as the school's all-time leading scorer with 324 points. In his 2008 NLL season, he played three games with the San Jose Stealth and scored two goals and added six assists.