MLL All-Star Game to Feature Six Former Blue Jays
July 16, 2009
BALTIMORE, MD - The Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse program will be well represented when the Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game takes place tonight (July 16) at Denver's Invesco Field. The game will air live on ESPN2 at 10 pm and will feature four players (a fifth was selected, but is injured and will not participate) and one head coach who graduated from Johns Hopkins.
The format of the game has been changed back to the Old School vs. Young Guns format. Old School will be represented by players who entered the league between 2001 and 2006 while Young Guns features players who have entered since 2007.
Kyle Harrison `05, who plays for the host Denver Outlaws, was selected to play for the Old School team, but is injured and is not expected to play.
Headlining the Young Guns team are former Blue Jays Paul Rabil `08, Kevin Huntley `08, Jesse Schwartzman '07 and Matt Bocklet '08. Dave Huntley '79, the head coach of the Toronto Nationals, will serve as the head coach of the Young Guns squad.
Rabil enters the All-Star festivities as the league's leading scorer as he counts 22 goals (including four, two-point goals) and 10 assists to his credit for 36 points. He is making his second consecutive appearance in the All-Star game. He enters the game on a scoring tear as he has totaled 25 points in his last five games and dropped a nine-point masterpiece on the Washington Bayhawks on June 19.
Kevin Huntley, the 2008 MLL Rookie of the Year, is tied for 10th in the league in scoring with 19 goals (two, two-pointers) and five assists for 26 points. He is the second-leading scorer for the Washington Bayhawks through the first eight games of the season. Huntley has posted three or more points in six of the Bayhawks' eight games this season.
Schwartzman was selected as a team co-captain for the Young Guns. He has been the goalie of record in all eight games for the Outlaws, who currently sit in first place in the MLL with a 6-2 record. Schwartzman ranks third in the league with a 12.01 goals against average and also fashions a .520 save percentage. The 98 goals the Outlaws have allowed are the second fewest in the league.
Bocklet is in his first season playing for Denver after debuting with the Bayhawks last season. He counts two goals and 27 ground balls to his credit through eight games. He ranks seventh in the league (third among non-faceoff specialists) in ground balls and is part of a Denver defense that ranks second in the league in scoring defense.
Dave Huntley's Toronto Nationals are currently 4-5 and hold the fourth and final spot in the race for the playoffs. The Nationals have scored a league-high 131 goals entering the All-Star game.
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