By Thomas Livingston | 6/27/14 12:10 PM
History was made in the 2014 MLL All-Star Skills Competition from an unlikely candidate. MLL Fan Zach Dorn of Cary, Illinois, set the record for the fastest shot when he clocked 116 mph in his second and final attempt of the Fastest Shot Competition. Dorn outshot all four Team MLL All-Star Contestants breaking the previous 114 mph record set by Hounds attackman Mike Sawyer at last year’s MLL All-Star Game in Charlotte. Ohio Machine attackman Logan Schuss won the Accuracy Contest, the Skills Competition other event.
“It’s been a huge effort to prepare for the contest,” Dorn said. “I had broken the record practicing before, so decided to fly to Boston to compete today.”
Schuss, the first contestant in the accuracy contest, broke the top right corner and top left corner targets. His score of two points held up for the victory. Denver Outlaws Goalie Jesse Schwartzman picked up a short stick for the event, but was only able to hit the top left corner target. The third contestant, Joe Walters of the Chesapeake Bayhawks hit the right hip target for his only point recorded. The Accuracy Contest’s final contestant, the Ohio Machine’s Marcus Holman did not record any points. He was unsuccessful in aiming for the smaller 3-point target, which would have given him the victory.
“It was a lot harder a lot of nerves going into the contest with the big crowd, “said the victor Logan Schuss, “but I had a great feeder with Tom Schreiber. I’m now just looking forward to finding ways to spend the prize money.”
Jeremy Sieverts of the Denver Outlaws led off the Fastest Shot Competition with a 110 mph blast, but he was visibly unhappy with his performance and could not hit the net in his second attempt. Charlotte Hounds long pole Brett Schmidt missed the net on his first shot, and was able to salvage a 107mph score on a low shot in the back of the goal. The third contestant, Rochester Rattlers Justin Turri was able to record a 103 mph score, he missed on his first shot. Rattlers Teammate Mike Manley hit 112mph on his first attempt, which put him in first place, he matched 112mph mark on his second attempt and celebrated the apparent victory with Florida Launch teammate Brett Queener.
However, the fifth and final contestant shocked the world. MLL Fan Zach Dorn, who won a pregame Warrior Rabil Challenge in the MLL Fanzone to enter the halftime competition. Dorn’s first attempt hit 113mph and instantly won the contest. Dorn made the most his second attempt and set the World Record with a 116 mph cannon. Dorn’s mark beat Mike Sawyer’s 114mph record form the 2013 All-Star Game Skills Competition.
Zach Dorn played high school lacrosse in Cary, Illinois and currently plays club lacrosse in his home state. He was ecstatic with his performance and the achievement. However, he attended the game with a plan and the aspiration to make history.
Dorn’s unexpected shot shocked the MLL players, fans and the lacrosse world.