By Wylie Leabo | 7/6/11 9:30 AM
I'm excited to be playing with and against the best shooters in the game. Its an honor to have an opportunity to step on the field with the best players in the MLL. I know that I'm going to have my hands full playing against these guys, but I am really looking forward to the challenge.
I would prepare the same for this game the same as I would prepare for any game. I've pretty much had the same routine since high school so I wouldn't change anything now.
For me its always been off hip shots, but in a game like this these shooters are good enough to score anywhere. I dont expect any saves to come easy so ill have to be really sharp for this one.
I think it would be tough seeing the ball coming out of a lot of these shooters' sticks from the two point arc, Pete Poillon is one guy I've seen this year that has ripped me up pretty good from outside. He has such a quick release the ball is in and out of his stick before you can really react. Hopefully I end up on his team in this game.
Professional shots are much harder to stop than collegiate shots. These guys are shooting the ball more accurately with more speed than guys in the college game. Plus these shooters are always changing planes shooting from different angles and putting spin on the ball. It makes goaltending a lot more difficult than it was in college.
The goalie gauntlet should be a alot of fun to be a part of. Hopefully the fans enjoy this new event. I've never played any other position but goalie I'll have to work on some shooting so I dont embarass myself out there.