The top players in Major League Lacrosse will take the field in Charlotte on Saturday, July 13, for the 2013 MLL All-Star Game, and it’s a showdown you can’t afford to miss.
The last four MLL All-Star Games have been decided by one goal, and this year should be a close battle as well.
Each team in the league is well represented, with the Chesapeake Bayhawks earning eight All-Stars, just one more than the Denver Outlaws. In total, 38 players have been selected to participate in the night’s festivities.
While the players for this year’s All-Star Game have been announced, the individual team rosters won’t be determined until Friday night. Inside Lacrosse reports that a pair of Ultimate Fan Fantasy winners will draft the two opposing All-Star teams, named Supernova and Eclipse, on Friday.
Below is everything you need to know about this year’s showcase, with general information about the All-Star Game, the player to keep an eye on throughout the exhibition as well as the goalie who is bound to flaunt his shot-saving talents on Saturday night.
When: Saturday, July 13, at 7 p.m. ET
Where: American Legion Memorial Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.
TV Info: ESPN2
2013 Major League Lacrosse All-Stars (Teams to be determined July 12)
|Drew Adams||Goalie||New York||3|
|Greg Gurenlian||Faceoff||New York||1|
|Brian Karalunas||Defense||New York||2|
|Rob Pannell||Attack||New York||1|
|All-Stars courtesy of MajorLeagueLacrosse.com.|
Player to Watch: Chris Bocklet, Attacker, Denver
The Outlaws have been unstoppable this season, and Chris Bocklet is one of the main reasons why. Denver has been the top team in the league, going undefeated through 10 games, and Bocklet is one point behind Boston’s Paul Rabil for the league scoring lead. The attacker is the player to watch with Rabil out of the showcase, according to Inside Lacrosse.
Bocklet has scored 33 goals and racked up nine assists for 42 points, already doubling his points total from a year ago, when he scored 17 goals and had three assists for 20 points in seven games. Consequently, he was an easy selection for the All-Star Game this season.
The former Cavalier has quickly emerged as one of the top players in Major League Lacrosse, and he’s only in his second season. Regardless of whether he finishes the 2013 season with the league scoring title, Bocklet clearly has a bright future. This will not be the lone All-Star Game of his career, that’s for sure.
Goalie to Watch: Jesse Schwartzman, Denver
While Bocklet has done a great job in getting Denver on the scoreboard this season, Jesse Schwartzman has played extremely well defending the net for the Outlaws. He’s a perfect 10-0 and has allowed just 82 goals and a pair of two-point goals on the season. He also has five more wins than any other goalie in the league.
Schwartzman leads Major League Lacrosse in goals-against average at 9.29 and is in second place with a .611 save percentage, just .004 behind fellow All-Star Brett Queener for the league lead. The six-foot, 225-pound Schwartzman is easily having the season of his career.
This is the sixth time in seven years that Schwartzman has been selected to the All-Star Game. Just one win away from tying his single-season career high, he is also in position to set new personal bests in goals-against average and save percentage.
Don’t expect a ton of shots to get past Schwartzman on Saturday night.