The very best players in Major League Lacrosse will compete in the 2015 All-Star Game on Saturday, June 13 at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.
The game can be seen at 7 p.m. ET exclusively on the CBS Sports Network. Per Major League Lacrosse, the league has been considering Houston as a potential option for an expansion team. Having the All-Star game there is a great way to gauge overall interest.
Because the Denver Outlaws and Rochester Rattlers battled in the 2014 MLL championship, their head coaches will run the two teams on Saturday. Here's a look at the players Denver's B.J. O'Hara and Rochester's Tim Soudan will be tasked with leading:
- Drew Adams (NY Lizards)
- Tyler Fiorito (Chesapeake Bayhawks)
- John Galloway (Rochester Rattlers)
- Jesse Schwartzman (Denver Outlaws)
- Craig Bunker (Boston Cannons)
- Brendan Fowler (Charlotte Hounds)
- Greg Gurenlian (NY Lizards)
- Anthony Kelly (Denver Outlaws)
- Mitch Belisle (Boston Cannons)
- Tucker Durkin (Florida Launch)
- Michael Evans (Chesapeake Bayhawks)
- Ryan Flanagan (Charlotte Hounds)
- Brian Karalunas (Ohio Machine)
- Joe Fletcher (NY Lizards)
- Kyle Hartzell (NY Lizards)
- Michael Manley (Rochester Rattlers)
- Scott Ratliff (Boston Cannons)
- Joel White (Rochester Rattlers)
- Dana Wilber (Ohio Machine)
- Matt Abbott (Chesapeake Bayhawks)
- Peter Baum (Ohio Machine)
- Ned Crotty (NY Lizards)
- Kyle Harrison (Ohio Machine)
- John Haus (Charlotte Hounds)
- Ben Hunt (Chesapeake Bayhawks)
- Jordan MacIntosh (Rochester Rattlers)
- Matt Mackrides (Chesapeake Bayhawks)
- JoJo Marasco (NY Lizards)
- Paul Rabil (NY Lizards)
- Tom Schreiber (Ohio Machine)
- Max Seibald (Boston Cannons)
- Jeremy Sieverts (Denver Outlaws)
- Drew Snider (Denver Outlaws)
- Jeremy Boltus (Rochester Rattlers)
- Marcus Holman (Ohio Machine)
- Eric Law (Denver Outlaws)
- Will Manny (Boston Cannons)
- Kieran McArdle (Florida Launch)
- Rob Pannell (NY Lizards)
- Casey Powell (Florida Launch)
- Jordan Wolf (Rochester Rattlers)
Players to Watch
Along with Rob Pannell of the New York Lizards, the Rochester Rattlers' Jordan Wolf is tied for the league lead in points with 42. The elite-level attacker has blown past the pace he set in 2014 when he helped lead his team to the cusp of a championship before being turned away by the Outlaws.
Wolf amassed just 33 points on 21 goals and 12 assists as a rookie in 2014. This season, he already has 26 goals and 16 assists. After a standout collegiate career with the Duke Blue Devils, Wolf has become a legit star and has embraced his role as an ambassador for the game.
He tweeted about "growing the game" ahead of a recent event in Boise, Idaho:
Wolf may ultimately become the face of the sport. Saturday's All-Star Game is a perfect place for him to shine brightest.
Speaking of young stars, 2014 Rookie of the Year Kieran McArdle is another player to keep an eye on in the All-Star Game. The 23-year-old has proven to be the leader of a Florida Launch team that is struggling to find its way.
The team is just 1-7, but you can't blame the team's struggles on McArdle. As was the case during his award-winning rookie campaign, McArdle has been awesome in 2015. He has 35 points in eight games despite his team's futility.
As the sport continues to grow, look for McArdle to be another of its most recognizable stars.
Scoring is great, but sometimes the best goalies have to get some love. The Lizards are a perfect 8-0 this season and one of the big reasons is the play of Drew Adams. He gets a lot of help from his defense, but Adams' 10.27 goals-against average is tops in the MLL and his 58 percent save rate is second.
The 28-year-old is one of the league's veteran top performers who can sometimes fly under the radar. Make no mistake, if the Lizards continue their dominance, Adams will see more of the spotlight.
All stats per Major League Lacrosse.