Major League Lacrosse: Breaking Down the 2012 All-Star Rosters

Kevin W. RyanContributor IIIJune 26, 2012

Major League Lacrosse: Breaking Down the 2012 All-Star Rosters

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    It's that time again! Major League Lacrosse All-Star Weekend begins Friday June 29th and runs through Sunday July 1st with much of the live coverage held on ESPN2. 

    The 2012 All-Star Weekend houses everything from a jamboree tournament to charity auction, and of course the fan-favorite Skills Challenges. 

    Here's a complete breakdown of the 2012 MLL All-Star Weekend...

Format

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    The format for the 2012 MLL All-Star Game is sure to be exciting as once again the Young Guns take on Old School at Florida Atlantic University Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida—a recent "target" for MLL expansion. 

    The MLL stole a page from the top-level sports leagues like Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League and gave the power of voting to the fans for the first year ever. 

    The Old School players are eligible to be considered 'Old School' if they joined Major League Lacrosse between 2001 and 2008 while players who began MLL play by 2009 are considered the Young Guns. 

All-Star Weekend Schedule

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    Friday, June 29th: Media Day

    On Friday of All-Star Weekend, the event kicks off with a Fanzone (open 5pm-8pm) while introducing the All-Stars (6pm) and concludes with a free youth clinic held by the Stars (6:30pm-7:30pm)

    Saturday, 6/30

    Saturday's jam-packed day begins with the MLL All-Star Experience featuring Casey Powell and Tony Lowe. This is a "jamboree" style tournament held before the MLL All-Star Game that will give registered players the unique opportunity to play against MLL legend Casey Powell. 

    Following the first part of the jamboree tournament, the MLL All-Stars will begin warm-ups at 6:30pm with the official face-off set for 7:30pm live on ESPN2.

    At halftime of the All-Star Game players will take part in the Bud Light Skills Competition which features events like a trick shot competition or hardest shot competition. 

    Following the game, the players will autograph their game-used jerseys that will be donated to the HEADstrong foundation. 

    Sunday, 7/1 

    Casey Powell and Tony Lowe's MLL All-Star Experience tournament finishes at Florida Atlantic University.

Young Guns Attackmen

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          Player     Team
    Billy Bitter   Charlotte
    Stephen Keogh   Hamilton
    Matt Gibson Long Island
    Jim Connoly     Ohio

     

    The Young Guns attackmen are headlined by UNC-grad Billy Bitter who is backed by Hamilton's Stephen Keogh, Matt Gibson from the Long Island Lizards and Ohio's Jim Connolly. 

Old School Attackmen

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           Player     Team
    Chazz Woodson      Ohio
    Kevin Buchanan     Boston
    Brendan Mundorf     Denver
    Drew Westervelt Chesapeake
    Brian Langtry Long Island

     

    The Old School attackmen are purely stacked. From Team USA's Brendan Mundorf to true O.G. Chazz Woodson, it will be extremely interesting to see the Young Guns' defense try and contain them.  

Young Guns Midfield

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        Player Position    Team
       Matt Dolente    F/O    Hamilton
    Steve DiNapoli     M   Rochester
        David Earl     M    Hamilton
        Mike Stone     M    Boston
        Max Siebald     M  Long Island
         Ben Hunt     M Chesapeake
       Jovan Miller     M   Charlotte
    Jeremy Sieverts     M    Denver
       Peet Poillon     M    Denver

Old School Midfield

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           Player Position      Team
         Chris Eck    F/O     Boston
        Paul Rabil     M     Boston
    Steven Brooks     M  Chesapeake
        Kyle Dixon     M  Chesapeake
    Stephen Berger     M     Charlotte
     Casey Powell     M    Hamilton 
      Matt Striebel      M    Rochester 
       Joe Walters     M    Hamilton

     

    From the most popular man in lacrosse to sharpshooter Joe Walters, the Old School midfield is a Hall of Fame team in itself. 

Young Guns Defense

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    Player PositionTeam
    Drew AdamsGLong Island
    Jordan BurkeGBoston
    Joel WhiteDRochester
    Brian Karalunas DLong Island
    Michael EvansDChesapeake
    Brian FarrellDBoston
    Ryan FlanaganDCharlotte

                                                              

Old School Defense

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               Player Position   Team
         Brett Queener     G    Hamilton
    Jesse Schwartzman     G     Denver
            Greg Bice     D      Ohio
          Kyle Hartzell      D      Ohio 
          Nick Polanco     D  Chesapeake
            Lee Zink     D     Denver 
          Brian Spallina     D Chesapeake 

     

    The Old School defense is headlined by two future Hall of Famers, Kyle Hartzell and Nicky Polanco, while the always entertaining Brett Queener will step between the pipes. 

MVP Watch

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    Once the 2012 MLL All-Star Game gets underway, all of the focus will turn to the MVP award. 

    Key Players to Watch

    Paul Rabil

    Casey Powell

    Nicky Polanco

    Brett Queener

    Chazz Woodson

    Kevin Buchanan 

    However given the insanely stacked rosters, it's anyone's call as to who is the favorite for the 2012 MLL All-Star Game MVP. 

    Past All-Star Game Most Valuable Players

    2011 - Michael Kimmel

    2010 - Brendan Mundorf

    2009 - Brian Langtry

    2008 - Ryan Powell

    2007 - Matt Poskay