Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/9/10
Brendan Mundorf scored six goals and Ryan Powell tallied the game winner with less than a minute to play as Team USA edged the Major League Lacrosse All-Stars, 13-12, Thursday night before 11,771 fans at Harvard Stadium.
The match up with the MLL All-Stars served as the final warm-up for the USA National Team as it gears for the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships July 15-24 at Manchester, England.
Also Thursday, seven Philly rising seniors chosen to be part of the first ESPN Rise Warrior 40 event spent time with the MLL All-Stars as well as the US National Team players. The Warrior 40 features the top 42 rising seniors in the nation, as chosen by ESPN.
The players – Carl Walrath (committed to Virginia), Brendan McGrath (Princeton) and Goran Murray (Maryland) of Haverford School, Joey Sankey (Penn Charter/North Carolina), Kevin Forster (La Salle/Maryland), Ryan Kilpatrick (Salesianum School/North Carolina) and Brian Dailey (Conestoga/Duke) – conclude their time in the two-day Warrior invitational event today with an informal game. (updates will be coming later today.)
Murray and Walrath are playing on the Orange team, coached by goalie Jesse Schwartzman (Denver Outlaws All-Star). The assistants are Ridley graduates Bill McGlone (Chicago Machine All-Star) and Brett Moyer as well as Dan Hardy (Denver Outlaws All-Star). The other Philly players are on the Blue Team.
The All-Star game was a perfect tune-up as Team USA was tested early and often. Mundorf, though, came up big and tied the game with two minutes left after Max Seibald (Philadelphia Wings) drew US within 12-11 with 3:15 remaining on his second goal of the game.
The MLL All-Stars put together a balanced attack as Kevin Leveille, Anthony Kelly and Peet Poillon each scored two goals. Ryan Boyle scored USA’s first two goals within two minutes of each other, early in the second quarter.
Also for Team USA, Brian Dougherty (Episcopal Academy) got the win in goal and Alex Smith (University of Delaware) was strong at the face-off X.
Fun and games dominated halftime as Paul Rabil successfully defended his fastest shot crown in a shootout with Seibald. His fastest shot clocked at 111 mph tying last year’s winning shot. Chicago rookie Ned Crotty took home the 2 point contest title while the Cannons’ Kevin Buchanan dethroned Toronto’s Brett Queener as the freestyle champion.