Major League Lacrosse Names All-Star Team
|Boston Cannons long-stick midfielder Brodie Merrill, who will play for Team Canada at the FIL World Championship next month, was among those named to the MLL All-Star team that will face Team USA on June 26 in Boston. (Bill Danielewski)|
Major League Lacrosse on Tuesday announced the roster that will take on Team USA in the MLL All-Star Game June 26 at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass.
The team includes nine-time All-Star and Boston Cannons long-stick midfielder Brodie Merrill and last year's MLL MVP, Florida midfielder Kevin Crowley, who will both play for Team Canada at next month's Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, presented by Trusted Choice, in Commerce City, Colo.
The MLL All-Star team also features ten players who will be making their first all-star game appearance, and more than dozen who were involved in the Team USA tryout process before it trimmed its roster to 30 after January's Champion Challenge.
The MLL All-Stars will be coached by Chesapeake Bayhawks head coach David Cottle. New York Lizards head coach Joe Spallina will serve as his assistant.
MLL All-Star Team by position
Attackmen: Matt Danowski (Charlotte), Eric Law (Denver), Logan Schuss (Ohio), Drew Westervelt (Chesapeake)
Midfielders: Peter Baum (Ohio), Kevin Crowley (Florida), Tom Schreiber (Ohio), Jeremy Sieverts (Denver), Justin Turri (Rochester), Joe Walters (Chesapeake)
Defensemen: Ryan Flanagan (Charlotte), Mike Manley (Rochester), Brett Schmidt (Charlotte), Kyle Sweeney (Boston)
Long-stick midfielders: Brodie Merrill (Boston), Michael Simon (Denver), Joel White (Rochester)
Short-stick defensive midfielders: Steve DeNapoli (New York), Kevin Drew (Charlotte), Kevin Unterstein (New York)
Goalies: Jordan Burke (Boston), Brett Queener (Florida)
Face Off: Anthony Kelly (Denver), John Ortolani (Rochester)
Team USA's roster for the game can be found here. There is one addition: faceoff man Greg Gurenlian, who has been added back to the tryout pool. Team USA head coach Richie Meade said the U.S. staff is considering bringing both Gurenlian and the Boston Cannons' Chris Eck to the 2014 FIL World Championship July 10-19 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Team USA will hold a training camp in Greenwich, Conn., in the days ahead of the MLL All-Star Game. The group will hold another camp at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs in July ahead of the world championship. FIL rules mandate a 23-man roster. Meade said the team will bring 23 and two or three alternates to Colorado Springs.
The All-Star Game will also be televised live at 7:30 p.m. ET June 26 on CBS Sports Network and in 175 U.S. territories including U.S. military installations, U.S. embassies and U.S. consulates through the American Forces Network. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com or by calling 617-746-9933.
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