The MLL 2016 All-Star Game was anticipated to be a thriller, and it definitely held up to the expectations. It all began with the release of two absolutely star-studded rosters.
Head Coach Bear Davis
Attackmen Rob Pannell, Marcus Holman, Kieran McArdle, Eric Law
Midfielders Jeremy Sieverts, Kyle Denhoff, Peter Baum, Tom Schreiber, Ned Crotty, Matt Abbott, Drew Snider
Faceoff/Midfield Chris Mattes, Greg Puskuldjian
Defensemen Scott Ratliff, Jackson Place, Joel White, Michael Ehrhardt
Goalies Tyler Fiorito, Brain Phipps
Head Coach Joe Spallina
Attackmen Randy Staats, Joey Sankey, Will Manny
Midfielders Paul Rabil, Mike Chanenchuk, JoJo Marasco, Connor Buczek, Josh Hawkins, Brent Adams, John Haus, Joe Walters
Faceoff/Midfield Brendan Fowler, Greg Gurenlian
Defensemen Joe Fletcher, Tucker Durkin, Mike Simon, Brian Karalunas, Matt Bocklet
Goalies Scott Rodgers, John Galloway
The game took place yesterday at Titan Stadium on the campus of California State University at Fullerton. Riptide took the lead early with 3 quick goals. Rolling Thunder answered with a goal by New York’s Rob Pannell. They evened the score at 6-6 in the first quarter before Paul Rabil put one in the back of the net, giving Riptide the lead heading into the second quarter.
Rolling Thunder came in hot for the second quarter, scoring six straight goals by six different players. Ned Crotty of the Rochester Rattlers led with three goals in the first half and Will Manny of the Boston Cannons notched two goals and two assists.
After the halftime break, time ticked away without a goal to be scored. The players turned it up in the final three minutes, scoring a total of six goals. Riptide tallied three goals in a row thanks to teammates Paul Rabil and JoJo Marasco as well as Joe Walters of the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Kieran McArdle of the Florida Launch put one in for Rolling Thunder, giving them a two-goal lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Defense was key in the final quarter. Boston Cannons goalie Tyler Fiorito and Ohio Machine goalie Scott Rodgers totaled 28 second-half saves. Riptide started the scoring streak with three straight goals to reclaim the lead 18-17. Within minutes, Rolling Thunder notched two goals to lead 20-19. The battle raged on, but Riptide emerged victorious, thanks to Rodgers, the first goalie to win MVP in MLL All-Star game history.
It was Rodgers’ first All-Star game, and boy, did he shine. Rodgers allowed only seven goals in the second half and was a major factor in the Riptide’s elimination of the halftime deficit by the end of the third quarter. He kept his team in the battle with some truly fantastic saves, including a one-arm save on Ohio Machine teammate Marcus Holman. Visibly, Rodgers had a phenomenal game and received high praise from fellow members of the league.
— Paul Rabil (@PaulRabil) July 10, 2016
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