By Ashley Kirby | 6/9/14 4:00 PM
The Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game is fast approaching, and with it, predictions for who will make the cut are proliferating. Team MLL will be announced Tuesday, June 10, and until then, we will preview who we believe to be worthy of donning an All-Star Jersey.
The Ohio Machine lost Steele Stanwick, Kyle Harrison and Marcus Holman to Team USA. However, there are still a handful of heavy-duty Machine players that could fill the MLL All-Star roster and make a substantial impact. All the craziness comes down to one question: who will those players be? Based on the 2014 season thus far, there are three players who immediately come to mind: Brian Phipps, Peter Baum, and Tom Schreiber.
In the last game of the 2013 season, Goalie Brian Phipps tied a career high for saves in a game with 19. He entered the 2014 season more than ready and has been dominating in the cage. When the Machine defense failed this season Phipps has stepped up to keep Ohio in games. This goaltender is not new to the All-Star game, Brian Phipps participated in the 2011 All-Star Game. Now playing his fourth season in the MLL his expertise in the cage would bring excitement and also benefit the all-star roster.
Midfielder Peter Baum has been an explosive bomb for the Ohio Machine this season. He was selected as the No. 1 overall pick by Ohio in the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft, however, he did not join the League until this year. This season Baum leads the team with 14 goals and has tallied 17 total points recording four hat tricks along the way. He has been able to execute plays and bring the fans to their feet with his explosive speed and his ability to bring velocity on the run.
Rookie midfielder Tom Schreiber has been playing like a seasoned veteran. In just four games he’s played with the team, Schreiber has scored seven goals, with two assists and five ground balls. He was named the Cascade Rookie of the Week after his performance in Ohio’s 15-11 win over the Chesapeake Bayhawks on May 31. Schreiber has made an impression on both sides of the ball and has what it takes to be an all-star.
The Ohio Machine lost the dangerous trio, of attackmen Steele Stanwick and Marcus Holman, and midfielder Kyle Harrison to Team USA. The three players combined for a total of 49 points on the season recording a total of 25 goals and 23 assists good for a third and half of the team’s output respectively. Holman was named the Warrior Offensive Player of the Week after his stellar performance in the win over Chesapeake in Week 5. These three players together can make magic happen.
Team MLL will faceoff against Team USA June 26th at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass. showcasing some of the world’s best lacrosse in action and in a skills competition. If you don’t have your tickets for the event yet, be sure to check out the MajorLeagueLacrosse.com All-Star page for information regarding the day.