2012 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Weekend Full Analysis

BOCA RATON, FL - JUNE 30:  Jim Connolly #21 of Team Young Guns scores during the MLL All-Star game at FAU Stadium on June 30, 2012 in Boca Raton, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Kevin W. RyanContributor IIIJuly 3, 2012

Despite some technical difficulties from ESPN, the 2012 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Weekend was a great success. 

From another 111-mph crank during the fastest shot competition to a thrilling one-goal game, lacrosse fans in Boca Raton, Florida got their money's worth last weekend. 

Skills Challenge

At halftime of the All-Star Game, ESPN's top lacrosse analyst and former John Hopkins standout goalie Quint grabbed the mic and stepped behind the cage for the fastest shot contest.

Kyle Hartzell ripped a record-tying 111-mph shot to take home the fastest shot and a cool $1,500 check. But the real treat for lacrosse fans was the All-Star Game itself, which featured everything from insane goals by Old School's true O.G.'s to attackmen scoring goals with a long pole.  

All-Star Game

Young Guns Stats:

        Player G 2PG A
Steve DeNapoli 2   0 0
    Jovan Miller 0   0 2
Jeremy Sieverts 2   1 1
   Jim Connoly 2   0 0
   Matt Gibson 1   0 0
    Peet Poillon 2   0 0
   Max Seibald 2   1 0
 Stephen Keogh 1   0 0
    Brian Farrell 2   1 1

Matt Dolente and Chris Eck were the only two to take a face-off in the All-Star Game, nearly splitting the 35 total face-offs taken in the game. 

Old School kept their defense simple and swapped goalies at the half. Jesse Schwartzman started the game for the Young Guns and saved 10 of the 18 shots he faced. After the jam-packed halftime show, Brett Queener stepped into the cage for Old School and saved six of the 12 shots he faced and earned the win.

The loss was handed to Drew Adams who logged the last 21 minutes of the game for the Young Guns after allowing the last five goals. 

Old School Stats:

       Player G 2PG A
Chazz Woodson 1   0 0
    Joe Walters 1   0 1
Brendan Mundorf 1   0 2
     Paul Rabil 2   1 0
   Kyle Hartzell 0   0 1
  Steven Brooks 2   0 1
    Brian Langtry 2   0 0
  Steven Berger 3   0 0
Drew Westervelt 1   0 1
   Casey Powell 2   0 1
     Chris Eck 1   0 1
Kevin Buchanan 1   0 0


The format itself is great for the game as the league's older, veteran players square off against the most talented and promising Young Guns

Headed back into regular season action, here's the current league standings looking into the second half of the season:

Wins Losses GB
Bayhawks   7     1  
Lizards   5     2 1.5
Cannons   5     3  2
Outlaws   5     3  2
Rattlers   3     4 3.5
Nationals   2     5 4.5
Hounds   2     6  5
Machine   1     6 5.5

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