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2016 MLL All-Star Game

March 29, 2016


The game-worn jerseys from the 2016 All-Star Game have been signed by the players and are being auctioned through  SidelineSwap RIGHT NOW!  Click here to access the game jersey auction. 

This year's auction will benefit the  Concussion Legacy Foundation. The Concussion Legacy Foundation was founded in 2007 by Chris Nowinski and Dr. Robert Cantu to solve the concussion crisis by advancing the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups.


FULLERTON, C.A. - Team Riptide used a six-goal fourth quarter to take the lead and defeat Team Rolling Thunder 21-20 in Saturday's MLL All-Star Game at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, CA. This tight game featured unselfish offense, over 30 attempted behind-the-back passes and goals, and stellar goalkeeping.  

Ohio Machine goalie  Scott Rodgers took home Most Valuable Player honors after making 10 key saves in the second half for the Riptide. The biggest save of the night came in the final minute with a point-blank, one-armed stop on fellow Machine teammate,  Marcus Holman to preserve the Riptide's lead and secure the victory. This is the first time that a goalkeeper has been named Most Valuable Player of the MLL All-Star Game.  

"The whole experience was a pleasure," said Rodgers. "Playing in my first All-Star Game of my career and doing it with the group of guys on my team was a pleasure."  

Riptide, coached by New York Lizards head coach  Joe Spallina, got on the board early with three quick goals before Rolling Thunder got on the board with an unassisted goal from  Rob Pannell. Rolling Thunder, coached by Ohio Machine head coach  Bear Davis, evened the score at 6-6 in the first quarter before  Paul Rabil gave the Riptide the one-goal advantage heading into the second quarter.  

Rolling Thunder pushed the tempo after the break and dominated the second quarter, outscoring Riptide 7-2 behind six straight goals scored by six different players.  Ned Crotty, attackman for the Rochester Rattlers, led scorers in the first half with three goals while Boston Cannons attackman  Will Manny added two goals and two assists.  

The pace started off a little slower after the halftime break but both teams made up for it by scoring six goals in the final three minutes of the third quarter. Riptide added three goals in a row, tallied by Lizards teammates  Paul Rabil and  JoJo Marasco and Chesapeake Bayhawks midfielder  Joe Walters, before the Florida Launch's  Kieran McArdle scored for Rolling Thunder to give them a two-goal lead heading into the final quarter.  

Defense really made a difference in the final quarter as both teams battled it out in a close contest. Cannons goalie  Tyler Fiorito and Rodgers combined for 28 second-half saves in efforts to give their team the victory. Riptide kicked off the final quarter with three straight goals to retake the lead 18-17. After trading goals, Rolling Thunder strung two goals together behind Pannell and Holman to lead 20-19. Riptide used Boston Cannons' offense with goals from Manny and  Brent Adams along with strong defense from Lizards defender  Joe Fletcher and Rodgers to take back the lead and secure the victory.  

Double Platinum recording artist  Kid Ink also made a special appearance for the All-Star Game by performing at halftime and postgame for the fans.  

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Check out the  pre game and  in game photo galleries! 

MLL ANNOUNCES CALIFORNIA AS ALL-STAR LOCATION Major League Lacrosse (MLL) will host their 15th annual All-Star Game on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, CA. This will be the first time in league history the All-Star Game will be hosted in Orange County. The event will feature the top professional lacrosse players from across the country competing in a showcase game and providing tips to youth players during a 7 on 7 tournament. In addition, all fans are invited pre-game to the MLL Fan Fest that includes clinic access, photo opportunities and giveaways. New this year, Kid Ink, a local Southern California hip-hop performer and producer who has collaborated with Sean “Diddy” Combs and Usher, will perform during a halftime and postgame show. “We’re excited to be back in Southern California. We believe our destiny lies in having teams on the West Coast again and this is our first step in making that happen,” said MLL Commissioner David Gross. “This is also a great opportunity for our teams from across the country to play in front of new and passionate fans of the sport.” The 10,000-seat Titan Stadium is a state of the art facility located within the Titan Sports Complex at California State University, Fullerton. Built in 1992, the stadium is home to the Cal State Fullerton men’s and women’s soccer programs. The facility has hosted several international soccer exhibitions and due to its close proximity to Hollywood, has been a favorite location for movies, commercials and video games. Major League Lacrosse will work with a strong partnership group in Southern California comprising of local lacrosse groups and local US Lacrosse chapters to bring professional lacrosse back to California. “Southern California is a hotbed of athletic talent in America. This past year we have seen more boys and girls commit to NCAA Division I and II lacrosse scholarships than ever before. Having an event such as the MLL All-Star game in our own backyard is an incredible opportunity for our community,” said US Lacrosse Orange County Chapter President John Fischbeck. For the city of Fullerton and its surrounding areas, hosting the MLL All-Star Game is another testament to the growth of lacrosse in emerging markets. California has seen an expansive growth of lacrosse at all levels. According to the 2014 US Lacrosse Participation Survey, California was selected as one of the states experiencing the fastest growth of youth and high school lacrosse. The prominence of lacrosse west of the Mississippi River can be seen in the rise of the USC women’s program, currently ranked #12, and in the Denver Pioneers winning the 2015 NCAA Championship to become the first team outside of the Eastern time zone to win the title.