Over Six Thousand fans on hand at American Legion Memorial Stadium; Hamilton Nationals Kevin Crowley earns MVP with five point effort
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Saturday, July 13) – Team Supernova used a nine-goal fourth quarter run to take over and defeat Eclipse 24-15 in Saturday’s MLL All-Star Game, presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill from American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
Hamilton’s Kevin Crowley was the star of the show, earning Most Valuable Player honors after a three-goal, two-assist performance.
Although the game was played in rain for much of the contest, the numerous fans in Charlotte, over six thousand, created a great atmosphere for an entertaining game.
Supernova, captained by MLL Ultimate Fan Fantasy winner Frank Ranfone, dominated the decisive fourth quarter, outscoring Eclipse, captained by UFF winner Cameron MacKenzie, 9-2 in the final frame. Denver’s Zack Greer scored the first goal of the quarter for Eclipse to make it 15-14 in favor of Supernova, but Supernova dominated the rest of the quarter scoring the next nine goals to stretch the lead to an insurmountable 24-14 score. Crowley and Boston’s Kevin Buchanan lead the fourth quarter charge with two goals each.
Sieverts finally put an end to the Supernova run with his second goal of the night, to bring the game to a 24-15 final.
Other than the final quarter, it was a tight, highly competitive contest that featured great play from both sides.
Supernova got off to a quick start, scoring the first two goals of the game with Crowley tallying the game’s first goal less than a minute into the game. Ohio’s Steele Stanwick followed that goal with a tally of his own to push the score to 2-0.
New York’s Rookie attackman Rob Pannell got Eclipse on the board when he received a feed from his Lizards teammate Greg Gurenlian and ripped a right-handed shot past Denver’s Jesse Schwartzman.
Supernova responded with a four-point run, as Chesapeake’s Ben Rubeor and Boston’s Mike Stone tallied goals before Ohio’s Kyle Hartzell ripped a deep two-pointer to extend the lead to five. Back-to-back goals from Rochester’s John Ranagan and Pannell brought the Eclipse back within three, but Rubeor’s behind the back goal pushed the Supernova advantage to 7-3 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter saw the pace pick up quite a bit, and the energetic Charlotte crowd came alive as a result.
Hamilton’s Joe Walters opened the second quarter with a behind the back goal of his own when he received a pass from Rochester’s Jordan MacIntosh and put it past New York’s Drew Adams.
Pannell followed by completing his first half hat-trick before Denver’s Drew Snider drove through the Supernova defense and put a shot past his Denver teammate Schwartzman to make the score 8-5. Gurenlian then won the faceoff and took it all the way to the cage for a goal of his own to cap off the three-goal Eclipse run and bring the score to 8-6.
Supernova answered with a five point run to push the lead to 13-7. Stone got the run started with his second goal before Walters also recorded his second. Buchanan kept the run going with a two-point goal, and Charlotte’s Peet Poillon capped off the run to make it 13-6, Supernova. Eclipse got back within six before halftime, when Chesapeake’s Steven Brooks received a pass from Pannell and put it past Adams to close out the half.
Eclipse dominated the third quarter as New York’s Tommy Palasek scored consecutive goals to get the half going. Palasek’s goals were followed by four more consecutive Eclipse scores that brought the count to 13-all.
During the run, Hamilton goalie Brett Queener made his way all they way down the field to record a rare goal, while Charlotte’s Ryan Young, Denver’s Jeremy Sieverts and Boston’s Ryan Sweeney all recorded their first goals of the contest. Sweeney’s goal capped off a 7-0 that stretched over two quarters.
Poillon finally ended the run with his second goal of the night before Denver’s Chris Bocklet, the MLL leader in goals, scored his first goal of the game to give Supernova a 15-13 lead.
-Earlier in the day several players served as guest coaches during the All-Star Youth tournament organized with Hounds defenseman Ryan Flanagan’s Team 24/7.
-Some All-Stars were on hand at the Moe’s Luncheon at a local Moe’s Southwest Grill to make burritos and interact with fans.
-The enthusiastic crowd was treated to plenty of halftime entertainment when a number of players participated in the MLL Skills Competition between the two halves.
-Charlotte’s own Mike Sawyer won the Fastest Shot Contest, breaking the record previously shared by Hartzell and Paul Rabil with a 114 mile per hour shot.
-Schwartzman won the Long Distance Accuracy Contest in the event’s first ever installment.
-Buchanan won the Freestyle Competition for the second time, showing off some sweet moves with his stick.
Quotes of Note:
All-Star MVP Kevin Crowley (Hamilton Nationals)
On the 2013 All-Star Game: “It was a lot of fun. It’s great to play in front of such a big crowd. They stuck out the weather and these conditions. They’re avid fans. We’re here to grow the game of lacrosse, and I think we did a really great job tonight.”
On team Supernova: “You don’t really go into these games with game plans. There’s such good talent out there that anyone’s capable of going to goal and making an assist. I was fortunate enough to be in good positions where I got my goals, and when I passed it to guys they buried it.”
On host city Charlotte: “It’s great, and it was cool to meet some of the guys. We had a clinic this morning and last night, so we got to meet some of the fans and sign some autographs. It’s just a great experience overall.”
Jesse Schwartzman (Denver Outlaws)
On the 2013 All-Star Game: “It’s an honor to be out here in Charlotte with everyone, all the All-Stars. It’s big honor and the city of Charlotte was great. The fans were awesome. The first ever Long Distance Accuracy was really fun. I’m glad I got to be a part of it and win. I want to thank my stick stringer Drew Snider for helping me out there. All in all, it was a good win for team Supernova out here.”
Kevin Buchanan (Boston Cannons)
On the 2013 All-Star Game: “Fantasitic. Awesome environment. Great show of talent. Great halftime show. It was awesome, a ton of fun. The folks down here in Charlotte welcomed us with open arms, and it was a great success.”
Rob Pannell (New York Lizards)
On the 2013 All-Star Game: “It was a ton of fun. It’s easy to play well out there with so many All-Stars. That’s why they’re here. They’re all great players, and it’s a ton of fun. It’s one thing just playing against them, and you don’t really get to know them, but when you come to something like this you really get to talk to them and hang out and know the person outside of the team you’re trying to beat every week. That’s my favorite part, getting to know these guys, and it’s been a lot of fun.”
On playing against teammates: “It definitely is weird. Brian Karalunas, my teammate, was covering me a little bit there. It’s fun to come here and play other people, and I think that’s the best part of the event, guys that you don’t get to play with.”
Tommy Palasek (New York Lizards)
On the 2013 All-Star Game: “Right now it’s a little tough to reflect on it, but it’s just a nice thing to have all of these guys in town and being able to get together and play. They all play at such a high level, so it’s a real honor for me because some of these guys I watched playing when I was younger, in high school, college ball, and some even in the pros. It wasn’t the most competition, guys playing and doing whatever they got to do, but it was a lot of fun.”
On the All-Star teams: “The other guys are so good that it doesn’t really matter what position you’re playing or who’s where. They’re usually going to make the right play, so that was fun.”
Ryan Flanagan (Charlotte Hounds)
On the 2013 All-Star Game: “Great weekend for Charlotte lacrosse. We talked about it being the biggest weekend in Charlotte lacrosse history. I think we put on an unbelievable event. The fans had a great time. It was just a really good turnout. I’m happy to be a part of it.”
On the youth tournament: “The tournament went awesome. We had 36 teams, filled it up, and everything was smooth sailing. The weather was beautiful, and we’ll be back at it tomorrow morning.”