By Jillian Fay | 6/24/13 5:27 PM
Major League Lacrosse today announced the 38 players selected to participate in the 2013 MLL All-Star Game, presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill, on July 13 at American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. The Hounds will have four players representing the host city, including attack Ryan Young, midfielder Peet Poillon and defensemen Ryan Flanagan and Brett Schmidt. Participants are selected through a balloting process by the coaches and general managers from each of the league’s eight teams.
Young and Schmidt, both third-year players out of Maryland, will be making their MLL All-Star Game debuts. “I feel very honored to be selected by the GMs and coaches,” said Young. “Charlotte fans are very passionate and I’m excited to be able to play in front of them another time at American Legion Memorial field.” Young in seven games this season has amassed 24 points (19 goals, 5 assists), which ranks him eighth overall in the MLL. The attackman has tallied multiple points in each game this season, including a personal best eight points (7g, 1a) Week 3 versus the Rattlers.
Schmidt, meanwhile, has been an anchor on the other end of the field, leading the Hounds defense with 26 groundballs over eight games. The long pole also has put up two points, with a goal in Week 4 and an assist in Week 2. “It’s an honor to be picked and even associated with all of the other great players that were chosen to be a part of the MLL All-Star Game,” said Schmidt. “Being able to play in front of the home crowd in Charlotte will be awesome. They have been such great supporters of the Hounds since our inception last year, and we are excited to be able to bring them a fun weekend of great lacrosse.”
This year marks the fourth-straight All-Star selection for Poillon, who has participated in the event each year since 2010. The midfielder is on pace to have his best season yet, already tallying 22 points on 16 goals (including three 2-pointers) and three assists. Poillon’s highest-scoring game this season came in Week 2, when he put up five goals, including two 2-pointers, against the Rattlers.
Flanagan in his second full MLL season also will be making his second MLL All-Star appearance, having been named to the Young Guns All-Star roster in 2012. “Lacrosse is such a small community that a lot of us have known each other for a few years,” said Flanagan. “It is a lot of fun to catch up with everyone and play with some of the best players ever. Covering Casey Powell in my first All-Star Game is something I will remember for the rest of my life.” Flanagan this year has recorded 16 groundballs in six games, and in Week 6 held reigning MLL Offensive Player of the Year Paul Rabil pointless for the first time since the 2010 semifinals.
In addition to playing in the All-Star game, Flanagan will host the MLL All-Star Youth Tournament in conjunction with Team 24/7 Lacrosse, the Charlotte-based youth lacrosse program he founded in 2010. Youth teams from around the country will have an opportunity to compete in a jamboree style tournament taking place the Saturday and Sunday of All-Star weekend. “This year will be very special to me because the game is being played right here in Charlotte,” he said. “I have loved living in this city and really look forward to having the best players in the world here. It is going to be a great experience for the fans and the community.”
Hounds leading scorer Matt Danowski -- 25 points on 18 goals (three 2-pointers) and four assists in six games -- was an obvious All-Star pick for this year, but has a personal commitment that weekend and would be unavailable to play in the game. The attackman has participated in four All-Star Games over the course of his MLL career.
The 2013 MLL All-Star Game will revisit the 2011 format in which two ultimate fans will get to play general manager and pick their fantasy All-Star teams on Friday night of All-Star weekend. The winners -- 17-year-old Cameron MacKenzie, from St. Charles, Ill., and 15-year-old Frank Ranfone, from Guilford, Conn. -- will serve as honorary captains and will be taking part in all team activities during the course of the weekend.
Several All Stars, to be announced at a later date, also will participate in the Half-Time Skills Competition, which will include Fastest Shot, Accuracy and Freestyle contests. The All Stars will be wearing specially designed jerseys that will be auctioned off following the game to benefit JDRF, the 2013 All-Star Game's charity.
Tickets for the 2013 MLL All-Star Game are on sale now through Ticketmaster and the Charlotte Hounds. To purchase tickets please call the Hounds at (704) 206-1515 or visit charlottehounds.com/asg-2013.
See the full list of 2013 MLL All-Stars.