Editor’s note: Philly will host the MLL Championship Weekend, presented by Smartlink, at PPL Park on Saturday and Sunday August 24-25. Tickets for the two-day event are available at MajorLeagueLacrosse.com/championship-weekend/
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/13/13
From Press Release
Major League Lacrosse held the All-Star Team selection on Friday Night at American Legion memorial Stadium in advance of the All-Star Game, presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill, on Saturday, July 13 at 7 p.m.
The MLL Ultimate Fan Fantasy winners, Cameron MacKenzie and Frank Ranfone, selected the players for teams Eclipse and Supernova in a playground-style process. MacKenzie is the honorary captain of the Eclipse, coached by Bayhawks head coach Dave Cottle, and Ranfone is the honorary captain of the Supernova, coached by Hounds top man Mike Cerino. Team Eclipse won the coin toss, earning them the first selection in the draft and the home field advantage.
Mackenzie selected New York Lizards faceoff specialist Greg Gurenlian first overall, while Ranfone and team Supernova countered by taking the other faceoff man in the All-Star Game, Anthony Kelly of Denver.
The team captains continued to focus on the specialized positions with MacKenzie selecting New York’s Drew Adams as a goalie for team Eclipse. Ranfone responded by selecting another goalie, Denver’s Jesse Schwartzman. The Eclipse picked up Brett Queener, a goalie from Hamilton, with its third pick.
Team Supernova used its third pick to select the first attackman of the draft, Denver’s Chris Bocklet. MacKenzie countered by selecting an attackman of his own, Rob Pannell of the Lizards.
After these initial offensive picks, the team captains began to differ in strategy. MacKenzie selected defensive players like Brodie Merrill (Hamilton) and Lee Zink (Denver) for the Eclipse, while Ranfone focused on the midfield, picking up players like Kevin Crowley (Hamilton) and Peet Poillon (Charlotte).
Crowley is one of several Philly players on the rosters that have been named Philly MLL Players of the Week by Phillylacrosse.com. Others are Springfield-Delco grads Greg Gurenlian and Kyle Sweeney.
Both captains said they were pleased with their selections and are excited for the game.
“We have good team chemistry,” Ranfone said, “a lot of people that will work well together. Three of our attackmen are from Virginia, so they have chemistry from college.”
Ranfone also stated that he expects big games from Chris Bocklet and Peet Poillon.
MacKenzie echoed Ranfone’s sentiment. “We definitely have a solid roster, a lot of team players. I’m really looking forward to seeing these guys play. It’ll definitely be a good game tomorrow.”
The 2013 All-Star Game allows the world’s top lacrosse talent to all play on the same field, putting on a spectacular show in the annual exhibition game. To attend the game and watch as MLL’s best players become the Eclipse and the Supernova, visit the MajorLeagueLacrosse.com All-Star page for more info. If you can’t make it to the game in Charlotte, you can catch all the action, including the halftime skills competition, on ESPN2 starting at 7 p.m.
Full All-Star Team Rosters:
Drew Adams (G, New York, Springfield-Delco), Steven Brooks (M, Chesapeake), Ned Crotty (A, Rochester), Ryan Flanagan (D, Charlotte), Zack Greer (M, Denver), Greg Gurenlian (FO, New York, Springfield-Delco), Mike Manley (D, Rochester), Brodie Merrill (D, Hamilton), Tommy Palasek (A, New York), Rob Pannell (A, New York), Brett Queener (G, Hamilton), John Ranagan (M, Rochester), Mike Sawyer (M, Charlotte), Jeremy Sievers (M, Denver), Drew Snider (M, Denver), Matt Striebel (M, Rochester), Kyle Sweeney (D, Boston, Springfield-Delco), Ryan Young (A, Charlotte), Lee Zink (D, Denver)
Matt Abbott (M, Chesapeake), Chris Bocklet (A, Denver), Kevin Buchanan (M, Boston), Kevin Crowley (M, Hamilton, Shipley School assistant coach), Kevin Cunningham (A, Hamilton, Villanova), Barney Ehrmann (D, Chesapeake), Michael Evans (D, Chesapeake), Kyle Hartzell (D, Ohio), Brian Karalunas (D, New York, Villanova), Anthony Kelly (FO, Denver), Jordan MacIntosh (M, Rochester), Peet Poillon (M, Charlotte, Seneca Valley, PA), Ben Rubeor (A, Chesapeake), Brett Schmidt (D, Charlotte, Upper Dublin), Jesse Schwartzman (G, Denver), Steele Stanwick (A, Ohio), Mike Stone (M, Boston), Kip Turner (G, Chesapeake), Joe Walters (M, Hamilton)