ad
ad
 

Old School Edges Young Guns in Shootout, 18-17

By MLL Statistics and Information |  6/30/12 11:33 PM

Old School Edges Young Guns in Shootout, 18-17


Final Stats (HTML)

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Another year, another nail-biter in the Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game.

Led by midfielder Stephen Berger of the Charlotte Hounds, the Old School All-Stars rallied to earn an 18-17 victory over the Young Guns All-Stars in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game presented by Moe's Southwest Grill at FAU Stadium on Saturday evening.

It marked the fourth straight year that the All-Star Game was decided by a single point. In addition, it is the third time in three All-Star Game match-ups that the Young Guns and Old School All-Stars played in a one-point affair.

The fans at FAU Stadium knew it was going to be a high-scoring and fast paced affair in the opening seven seconds of the game when midfielder Chris Eck won the opening face-off and scored to give the Old School All-Stars a 1-0 lead. From there, the Old School All-Stars added three of the next four goals to take a 4-2 lead with 9:57 left in the opening stanza.

But, back-to-back markers from midfielder Peet Poillon and attackman Drew Westervelt tied the game for the Young Gun All-Stars before midfielder Casey Powell regained a one-point edge by scoring an unassisted with 1:28 remaining.

After Berger and midfielder Paul Rabil extended the Old School advantage to 7-4 in the opening minutes of the second quarter, the Young Gun All-Stars rallied with three straight goals, including a goal and an assist from attackman Jeremy Sieverts, to even the score at 7-7 with 8:05 left in the first half.

The teams exchanged twice to end the first half with the score tied at 9-9.

Just like they ended the first half, the teams traded goals three separate times, including a two-point marker from Rabil, to open the second half before Westervelt and midfielder Kevin Buchanan scored consecutive goals to give the Old School All-Stars a 15-12 edge. With 42 seconds left in the frame, Sieverts converted a pass from defenseman Brian Karalunas to close within 15-13.

With 8:11 remaining in the fourth quarter, attackman Max Seibald tied the game for the Young Gun All-Stars when he fired a two-point goal off an assist from Sieverts, a former teammate when Seibald played in Denver. But, the Old School All-Stars battled back to take a 17-15 lead with back-to-back goals from midfielder Steven Brooks and attackman Chazz Woodson.

However, the Young Gun All-Stars answered right back with a two-point goal from defenseman Brian Farrell with 3:42 remaining to even the score at 17-17.

But, with just 56 seconds remaining, Brooks provided the heroics when he scored an unassisted goal to give the Old School All-Stars an 18-17 lead they did not relinquish.

While Berger scored three goals to lead the Old School All-Stars and earn the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors, Brooks added both of his goals in the fourth quarter while Rabil scored twice, including a two-point marker.

Sieverts led the Young Gun All-Stars in a losing effort with two goals, including a two-point marker, with two assists. Meanwhile, Farrell and Seibald each added two goals, including a two-point marker, each.

The Old School All-Stars held a commanding 57-44 advantage in shots and won 18 of 35 face-offs.

During the Bud Light Skills Competition, Ohio Machine defenseman Kyle Hartzell successfully defended his Fastest Shot title by recording a speed of 111 miles per hour while Rochester Rattlers defenseman Joel White earned the Gauntlet championship. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Brett Queener of the Hamilton Nationals won the Freestyle event.



Jul Sat 26
17
AT
23
Recap
Jul Sat 26
9
AT
13
Recap
Jul Sun 27
12
AT
11
Recap
Jul Thu 31
7:30 PM ET
  AT   Buy Tickets
More Info
Aug Fri 1
7:00 PM ET
  AT   Buy Tickets
More Info
Aug Sat 2
3:00 PM ET
  AT   Buy Tickets
More Info
View Complete Schedule
ad