Boston Cannons attackman Pat Kavanagh

Pat Kavanagh injury: Cannons rookie moved to injured reserve

By Sarah Griffin | Jul 3, 2024

The Boston Cannons on Wednesday announced they had placed attackman Pat Kavanagh moved to injured reserve retroactive to June 25.

Kavanagh has been battling a right groin strain and left toe injury that prevented him from traveling to Minneapolis last weekend in the Cannons’ fourth game of the season. Boston defeated the Utah Archers 14-9 for its third straight victory. 

Coming off a whirlwind of a college season that ended in a second consecutive NCAA championship for Notre Dame and transitioned straight into Cannons training camp in Albany, the Tewaaraton Award winner has had very little time for rest and recovery. 

Head coach Brian Holman expressed some regret about playing Kavanagh in Week 1, but the highly touted rookie looked much more comfortable on the field in Week 2.

“I threw him into the shark tank,” Holman remarked. 

Though his pro debut might’ve been one to forget, Kavanagh quickly made his mark as a Cannon in the team’s win against the Maryland Whipsnakes. He recorded his first two career goals, as well as an assist. 

“I wasn’t gripping my stick as tight [as the first game],” Kavanagh said after the game. 

Primarily running out of the box for the Cannons in the first two games, Kavanagh played some time at his natural position of attack in Week 3 versus the Philadelphia Waterdogs. Many expected to see him get more time on attack last weekend in Minneapolis, but his injuries kept him off the roster. 

With Kavanagh’s return timeline unknown at the moment, the Cannons luckily have no shortage of depth at both midfield and attack. The return of Jonathan Donville last weekend is now even more important for Boston as they head to Harvard Stadium for their Homecoming weekend doubleheader. 

The Cannons will face the California Redwoods on Friday at 6 p.m. ET before a rematch with the Waterdogs on Saturday at 7 p.m.