Team USA Defeats MLL All-Stars 13-12

Team USA Defeats MLL All-Stars 13-12

Team USA Defeats MLL All-Stars 13-12

Team USA Defeats MLL All-Stars 13-12

The story unfolded as scripted. Team USA defeated the MLL All-Stars in front of 11,771 patriotically primed fans at Harvard Stadium. Norman Rockwell could not have staged a more colorful scene. Team USA was etched in the foreground like a Rushmore facade of proud stormtroopers. Their notable adversaries, the MLL All-Stars, were swathed in limited edition urban camo and detailed in car show quality chrome, which every mohawked tweener noted for his holiday wish list. Of the 200 applicants to tryout for US Men’s Team, only 84 were asked to tryout, of which 13 were on the MLL All-Star Team. From the group of 84, only 40 advanced to the Training Squad level. The final roster slimmed down to 23 and left 17 casualties, of those 17, six were on the MLL All-Star Team. The math wasn’t complicated. There was more at a stake than a friendly FIL World Championship prelude.

True competitors cannot mask their nature - a maxim embodied in the MLL-All Stars. That was a good and practical thing for Team USA. The US offense was battle-tested and held scoreless for the first 17 minutes of regulation by a savvy zone defense. The US offense demonstrated good ball movement, but the MLL All-Stars read the lanes well and came up with several interceptions. MLL All-Star Matt Bocklet picked off several passes and was instrumental off several clears. The US offense will have time on their side next week, with the variable of the shot clock removed; the attack should be able to finalize a bankable rhythm and flow. Bud Light MVP Brendan Mundorf led the attack with six goals. Fastest shot winner Paul Rabil was unable to score, but the topside dodge that initiates the offense should be able to crack open the defenses of softer teams. There was no shortage of high quality goalies, but one reigned supreme. US Goalie Brian Dougherty was as dynamic as ever between the pipes commanding his defensive slides and sending on point clears with air and power nearly seventy yards downfield.

The first period was a little rough for both teams. Both squads bobbled the ball and traded possession, but it was the MLL team that got several early and good licks at the cage. All-Star team hit pipe off their first shot and forced Dougherty to save the second. MLL All-Star and US Team alternate, Kevin Leveille, was the first to score off a feed from Chris Rotelli at 6:36. Dan Hardy used his side off the topside with a stickside pipe shot at 10:39 (2-0).

Team USA rallied and came alive in the second period outscoring the MLL All-Stars 5-1. Team USA’s Ryan Boyle scored off the grounder and dodged lefty in tight at 2:38 (1-2). Boyle got the equalizer two minutes later (2-2) off a dump on the crease. Fastest shot finalist and Team US middie Max Siebald put the US ahead with a sidearm rip at 7:06 (3-2). The MLL responded with a far side pipe goal from Peet Poillon over Dougherty’s shoulder (3-3). Team US attackman Brendan Mundorf got his first taste of the mesh at 14:20 off a feed from Drew Westervelt. Mundorf and Westervelt combined less than 30 seconds later for another goal. Mundorf fired a lefty sidearm past MLL All-Star keeper Chris Garrity (5-3).

The third period was the most prolific one. It also belonged to the MLL All-Stars who outscored Team USA 6-3. Mundorf made it a hat trick at 1:53 (7-3). The MLL roared back with six-consecutive goals going up 9-7: Stephen Berger (1), Matt Danowski (2), Anthony Kelly (1) from Matt Abbott, Kevin Leveille (1) from Danny Glading, and Peet Poillon (1). Berger initiated the launch sequence with a back-handed righty pipe dive (4-7). Glading got the BTB to Leveille who finished with a low shot (5-7). Team USA’s Matt Zash and Brendan Mundorf wrapped up the shooting in the third.

The MLL All-Stars had the slim 9-8 lead going into the fourth quarter, but it was Team USA that prevailed outscoring the All-Stars 5-3. Mundorf struck again shooting across his body (9-9). Canadian defensemen Brodie Merrill got an early look at the competition and also found the back of the net at 3:04 unassisted. MLL All-Stars Kelly and Poskay also scored giving their team a 12-9 lead with eight and half minutes left. Team USA surged with a four-goal spree to take the contest 13-12. Ryan Powell notched a pair of goals. Seibald and Mundorf each added a goal. It was Seibald’s goal at 11:37 that put the US within one. Mundorf, the game’s finisher, racked the equalizer. Team Captain Ryan Powell scored the game winner. Powell took the ball to cage hard and shot pasta frustrated Jesse Schwartzman. The US prevailed 13-12. Team USA will travel to Manchester where they will meet Team Australia on July 16th.

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helmets?
    by (#232996) on 7/09/10 @6:56PM
does any one know why they were wearing triumphs
 
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improvement
    by (#167078) on 7/09/10 @7:00PM
its a plus for them... they used to wear the venoms...
 
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    by (#232996) on 7/09/10 @7:02PM
yea i no just weird they went to brine now instead of maybe wearing the trojan the trojans look better then the triumphs
 
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    by (#178025) on 7/09/10 @7:16PM
they are wearing them because they are sponsored by warrior which is owned by new balance and brine is also owned by new balance
 
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Gear
    by (#164268) on 7/09/10 @7:37PM
They need to just wear STX, Nike, and Cascade..donee
 
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(no subject)
    by (#84096) on 7/09/10 @8:01PM
they're already wearing EFX so thats a plus...
 
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the trojans r to small 4 most of the players (nt)
    by (#204058) on 7/09/10 @9:01PM
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(no subject)
    by (#245300) on 7/11/10 @2:23AM
i know i mean atleast wear trojans or even Pro7's
 
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arm guards
    by (#252570) on 7/13/10 @11:00AM
i want new arm pads. what are the best ones out there
 
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Crotty?
    by (#244151) on 7/09/10 @9:31PM
What number is Crotty wearing for USA?
 
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crotty is 12 for usa i believe (nt)
    by (#227191) on 7/09/10 @9:56PM
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(no subject)
    by (#239648) on 7/10/10 @12:35AM
HOW DO THEY MAKE THERE HEADS LIKE CHROME
 
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sdlkj
    by (#201616) on 7/10/10 @11:52PM
yeah, i wanna know how they do this too!
 
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(no subject)
    by (#219082) on 7/12/10 @10:51AM
companies make them. i know a few people that can do it themselves but its a pretty confusing process
 
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Just thinking out loud here...
    by (#65280) on 7/10/10 @12:48AM
most of the MLL all stars were candidates for the US team... correct? if not most... a lot of them tried out for the team as they should have... so for the coaches... was this one last game to give that talent a run at the talent they picked to see if they made the right decisions in certain areas? and not to mention... what is the MLL all stars won?! haha... would they drop the current US team for ML all stars and call it good? these games are going to be great this year. i think we are about to see some great lacrosse!
 
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    by (#244587) on 7/11/10 @10:39AM
Max Seibald is a truck
 
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    by (#232996) on 7/11/10 @1:49PM
he has started to play like a running back it seems like he does that move at least once a game now
 
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    by (#252624) on 7/11/10 @9:33PM
He's Decent.
 
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Rabil
    by (#227635) on 7/11/10 @9:13PM
what head is paul rabil using in the first photo?
 
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    by (#252624) on 7/11/10 @9:34PM
"were swathed in limited edition urban camo and detailed in car show quality chrome, which every mohawked tweener noted for his holiday wish list. "


You are definitely one of those kids.
 
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warrior noz (nt)
    by (#167078) on 7/11/10 @10:46PM
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USA TEAM A JOKE
    by (#252288) on 7/14/10 @8:41AM
You must be joking? A premier team needs to be selected on the performance of the players not what they can give back to US Lacrosse. Stenersen and the US Lacrosse leadership are a disgrace to the game and this team. Its time for the good old boys network to vanish and let the best represent the game.
 
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queener
    by (#170773) on 7/15/10 @12:00AM
did he just show up, he wasnt on the roster but i saw him in middie gear in a video
 
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