MLL All-Star Game 2014: Date, Start Time, Rosters and More

Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2014

DELAWARE, OH - JUNE 6:  Paul Rabil #99 of the Boston Cannons controls the ball against the Ohio Machine on June 6, 2014 at Selby Stadium in Delaware, Ohio. Boston defeated Ohio 17-16.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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The top lacrosse stars will take the field Thursday for the 2014 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game in Boston.

Starting in 2006, the MLL All-Stars began a tradition of clashing with the U.S. men's national team every four years in preparation for the World Lacrosse Championship, which the U.S. has won nine of 11 times with Canada taking the other two titles. 

This marks the third time Team USA will collide with the MLL All-Stars, who are still looking for their first victory over the national squad. They'll get another chance at Harvard Stadium this Thursday.

 

When: Thursday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET (Skills competition begins at approximately 8:30 p.m.)

Location: Harvard Stadium, Boston, Massachusetts

TV: CBS Sports Network

The sport's premier talent, featuring multiple representatives from all eight teams, will all lace up to showcase the young league, which began play in 2001. Here are the full rosters for each squad along with a highlighted look at a few of the marquee players to watch.

 

Team MLL Roster
PlayerPositionMLL Team
Joe WaltersMChesapeake Bayhawks
Jordan BurkeGBoston Cannons
Michael ManleyDRochester Rattlers
Joel WhiteLSMRochester Rattlers
Justin TurriMRochester Rattlers
Drew WesterveltAChesapeake Bayhawks
Eric LawADenver Outlaws
Peter BaumMOhio Machine
Brodie MerrillLSMBoston Cannons
Kevin DrewACharlotte Hounds
Jeremy SievertsMDenver Outlaws
Logan SchussAOhio Machine
Kevin ClowleyMFlorida Launch
Brett QueenerGFlorida Launch
Ryan FlanaganLSMCharlotte Hounds
Tom SchreiberMOhio Machine
John OrtolaniFORochester Rattlers
Matt DanowskiACharlotte Hounds
Brett SchmidtDCharlotte Hounds
Anthony KellyFODenver Outlaws
Mike SimonLSMDenver Outlaws
Steven DeNapoliMNew York Lizards
Kyle SweeneyDBoston Cannons
Kevin UntersteinMNew York Lizards
MajorLeagueLacrosse.com

 

Team USA Roster
PlayerPositionMLL Team
Marcus HolmanAOhio Machine
Brendan MundorfAChesapeake Bayhawks
Matt AbbottSSDMChesapeake Bayhawks
Dan BurnsSSDMChesapeake Bayhawks
Greg GurenlianFONew York Lizards
Steele StanwickAOhio Machine
Garrett ThulAFlorida Launch
Matt MackridesAChesapeake Bayhawks
Drew AdamsGNew York Lizards
John GallowayGRochester Rattlers
Joe AdamsDNew York Lizards
Kyle HarrisonSSDMOhio Machine
Kevin LeveilleARochester Rattlers
Mitch BeslisleDBoston Cannons
Ned CrottyANew York Lizards
Drew SniderMDenver Outlaws
Chris EckFOBoston Cannons
Brian KaralunasDNew York Lizards
Kevin BuchananMBoston Cannons
Jeff ReynoldsSSDMChesapeake Bayhawks
Lee ZinkDDenver Outlaws
David LawsonMRochester Rattlers
Michael EvansDChesapeake Bayhawks
Jesse BernhardtDChesapeake Bayhawks
JoJo MarascoMNew York Lizards
Max SeibaldMNew York Lizards
Tucker DurkinDFlorida Launch
KyleHartzellDNew York Lizards
Jesse SchwartzmanGDenver Outlaws
Paul RabilMBoston Cannons
MajorLeagueLacrosse.com

 

Stars to Watch: Team USA

Paul Rabil, Midfield, Boston Cannons

ANNAPOLIS, MD - JUNE 14: Paul Rabil #99 of the Boston Cannons runs with the ball against the  Chesapeake Bayhawks at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on June 14, 2014 in Annapolis, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Paul Rabil has earned the right to be deemed the face of professional lacrosse in the United States. 

The three-time MLL Offensive Player of the Year winner cemented himself as a superstar from the second the Boston Cannons drafted him in 2008. Rabil has tallied 15 goals, one two-point goal and a MLL-best 24 assists, leading the league with 40 points.

Four years ago, he earned Most Outstanding Player honors for Team USA in a second-place finish to Canada. Gearing up for another run on the national squad, he'll look to avenge that loss.

The numbers speak for his dominance, but he has looked to expand lacrosse's popularity off the field. According to LaxMagazine.com's Corey McLaughlin, he became the first player to become a millionaire through lacrosse- and endorsement-related income, which the 28-year-old attributed to reaching out to a younger demographic.

As the sport makes that push to become a mainstream recognized sport, you have to cross certain boundaries and get out of your comfort zone. Part of our challenge is being able to effectively communicate to the younger generation that a professional lacrosse athlete is just as good of an athlete as football or basketball. That drive isn't lost at the college level any more. That title might take a different approach to articulating that.

He'll lead the charge branding the All-Star festivities in a tune-up match for Team USA. A gifted passer who has resoundingly enhanced his unselfishness over the years, look for Rabin to shine the spotlight on his teammates.

 

Jesse Schwartzman, Goalie, Denver Outlaws

DENVER, CO - MAY 4:  Jesse Schwartzman #19 of the Denver Outlaws against the Ohio Machine at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on May 4, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The teams wore Star Wars themed jerseys in honor of 'May The 4th Be With You Day.' (Photo
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If Rabil if the offensive star, Jesse Schwartzman deserves top billing for protecting the net.

In the past five years, Schwartzman is the only goalie to allow less than 10 goals per game over a season, a feat he accomplished three times. This year, his 8.50 goals allowed average represents a career best, as does his .663 save percentage.

Jesse Schwartzman 2014 Stats
CategoryNumberMLL Rank
Wins71
GAA8.501
Saves1141
SV %.6631
MajorLeagueLacrosse.com

After going 14-0 under his watch last season before losing in the playoffs, Denver is 7-0 with him guarding the post this year. The 28-year-old, who was Rabil's teammate at Johns Hopkins, is simply playing on another level.

The 220-pound goalie is a brick wall guarding the net, one that the MLL All-Stars will struggle to circumvent. Look for him to make a convincing case to serve as Team USA's starting goalie during the World Lacrosse Championship.

 

Star to Watch: MLL All-Stars

Eric Law, Attack, Denver Outlaws

DENVER, CO - MAY 30:  Eric Law #15 of the Denver Outlaws in action against the Charlotte Hounds at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on May 30, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Outlaws defeated the Hounds 13-11 to stay perfect at 5-0 on the season. (Photo
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Used to enjoying Schwartzman's defensive protection, Eric Law will now have to find a way to get the ball past his Denver teammate.

Law's 22 goals only trail Boston's Kevin Buchanan, who will line up for Team USA during the All-Star Game. The Outlaws' star also has 11 assists to his credit, giving the second-year pro a gripe for not holding a spot on the national squad.

He quickly burst onto the scene during his rookie campaign, scoring on his first nine shots en route to posting a league-leading .636 shooting percentage. His 24 goals scored set an Outlaws rookie record.

While his conversion rate has dropped down to 52.4 percent, he remains the league's most efficient scorer. Only three players have generated higher clips, and none of them have attempted more than eight shots this season.

Perhaps deemed too inexperienced, the 23-year-old has proved that his success was not a flash in the pan. If the same All-Star format persists, expect Law to play for the other side in four years.

 

Prediction

While this format gives Team USA a chance to practice for the world championships, it also creates a mismatch with the country's best players all lining up on one side. Because of this, Team USA will pick up another win over the MLL All-Stars, which are a second-tier squad in comparison to the real superstars lined up against them.

 

Note: All statistics and scheduling info courtesy of Major League Lacrosse.