By Sam Gest | 6/20/13 10:30 AM
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 MajorLeagueLacrosse.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 closer look at some of the top players on the Charlotte Hounds and Chesapeake Bayhawks.
Ryan Young – Attack
Young has put up great numbers in the 2013 season, and he leads the Hounds in scoring, with 21 points on 16 goals and five assists. He has been key to the Hounds’ success this season, and it appears that in his third year in the league, he is starting to hit his groove. He has appeared in six games this season, and has scored multiple points in all six of those games, including a huge eight point effort in a week 3 loss to Rochester that saw him score seven goals. He has been the most consistent performer for Charlotte thus far, and he is making a strong case for his first All-Star selection.
Peet Poillon – Midfield
Peet Poillon has quietly become one of the more dangerous offensive players in the league over the last few years. But his sixth season in the league could be his best one yet. With 14 goals, plus three more two-pointers, and 20 points total, his he is on pace to have his best season yet. He has recorded a point in all but one of the seven games this season, and put up seven points and five goals in a winning effort over Rochester in week 2. Since 2010, Poillon has been selected to three consecutive All-Star Games, and is in good shape to reach his fourth in 2013.
Matt Danowski – Midfield
Despite being third on the team in points, with 18, Danowski is the undisputed leader of this Hounds team, and he is the catalyst for the success of the team. He’s played in five games in 2013, and has scored multiple points in all of those games. He’s also tallied four points twice this season, as well as a six-point effort in the season opener against the Denver Outlaws. If selected to the All-Star Game, it would be the sixth appearance of his career.
Kyle Dixon – Midfield
In his eighth season in the league, Dixon is showing no signs of slowing down, scoring 20 points in seven games. He currently leads the league in two point goals, with four, and is also tied for third in the league in assists, with 11. Dixon has scored a point in all but one game, and has had several highlight performances, namely his six point effort in week 6 and his seven point outburst in week one. In the week one victory over Rochester, Dixon converted a trio of two-pointers while adding an assist, which helped him earn Warrior Offensive Player of the Week.
Kip Turner – Goalie
Turner has been the anchor of a very impressive Bayhawks defense this season, and has become one of the most reliable goalies in the league. His 9.1 goals against average and 62 percent save rate both rank first in the league by a considerable margin. He was at his strongest at the beginning of the season, allowing only 8 goals total in the first two weeks of the season, while stopping 28 shots. His steady play has continued throughout the season as he makes a case for his first All-Star Game appearance in seven seasons.
Drew Westervelt – Attack
In his seventh year in the league out of UMBC, Westervelt appears to be at the top of his game in 2013. He sits second on the Bayhawks with 21 points, and is averaging 3.5 points per contest while scoring on 43 percent of shot attempts. Westervelt has recorded at least one point in each of his six appearances in 2013, including a week 6 win that saw him light up the New York defense for eight goals and nine points total. An All-Star selection in 2013 would be his fifth consecutive, as well as the fifth of his career.
Tomorrow, we look at some of the top performers from the teams sitting atop the league standings, the Hamilton Nationals and Denver Outlaws.