By Sam Gest | 6/19/13 1:00 PM
Major League Lacrosse will announce the selections for the 2013 All-Star Game presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill on Monday, June 24. Players are selected through balloting process by MLL coaches and general managers. The game will be played in American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte on July 13. Each day this week, we will be previewing some players that have stood out in the first half of the season as names to look for when the selections are announced on Monday.
If you don’t have your tickets for the event yet, be sure to check out the MLL.com All-Star page for information. It is sure to be a great event and with activities taking place throughout the weekend, will be fun for the whole family!
Today, we take a look at some notable performers from the Rochester Rattlers and New York Lizards
Ned Crotty – Attack
Crotty has been the best offensive player for the Rattlers all year, and his team-leading 19 points can attest to that. He has been able to impact each game in a variety of ways, as his balanced stat sheet of nine goals and ten assists shows. He has appeared in six games this year, and has tallied three or more points in four of those games, including a seven point outburst in Rochester’s 13-10 win over Charlotte in week 3 that earned him league Player of the Week honors. After missing out on the All-Star Game in 2012, Crotty is searching for his third selection in four seasons in the league.
John Galloway – Goalie
In his third season in the league, Galloway is becoming one of the top goalies in the league. He is currently in the midst of his best season yet, averaging a career-low 12 goals against while stopping a career-high 57 percent of shots faced in six appearances. Galloway has come on strong the last three weeks, stopping 64 percent of shots, and earning two Warrior Defensive Player of the Week awards. His strength in the clearing game also makes him a threat to start a fastbreak with one of his quick outlet passes. An All-Star selection in 2013 would be the first of his career.
Jordan MacIntosh – Midfield
If there’s one thing that can be said about the second-year man out of RIT, it’s that he can put the ball in the net. MacIntosh leads the Rattlers with 14 goals on a staggering 42 percent shooting. He has thrived in man-up opportunities, with four goals on the power play to lead the team. MacIntosh has recorded four goals twice on the season, first in a week 3 win over the Hounds, and then in a week 6 win against the Cannons. MacIntosh is seeking his first trip the All-Star Game.
New York Lizards
Greg Gurenlian – FO
“The Beast” has solidified himself as an elite face-off man in the league, and is in good position for his first career All-Star Game selection. He has won 65 percent of faceoffs through seven games, good for tops in the league. Gurenlian has scooped up 47 ground balls, and has scored five points, which is second among face-off specialists.
Rob Pannell – Attack
RP3 seems to have made a seamless transition to the professional game, as despite playing in only three games, he has surged into third in point production for the Lizards. The NCAA all-time leader in career points hasn’t slowed down much since joining the league, with five goals and six assists in his first three games in the league. The Tewaarton winner has added another dimension to the Lizards offense and has made the Lizards an immediate playoff contender. Based on the start of his MLL career, things are only looking up for RP3.
Drew Adams – Goalie
The 2012 Warrior Goalie of the year has had a lot to do in cage for the Lizards this year, as he leads the league in saves on the season, with 105. So far this season, Adams has stopped 57 percent of shots faced, while allowing roughly 11.5 goals per game. Despite not having great numbers, they are better than they were during the 2012 season that saw him voted as the best goalie in the league.
Tomorrow, we will take a look at some of the top All-Star Candidates from the Charlotte Hounds and Chesapeake Bayhawks.