Premier Lacrosse League All-Star Game

The Premier Lacrosse League All-Star Game is a field lacrosse game played between the best players on two teams representing the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL).

The inaugural game took place on Sunday, July 22, during the 2019 season, at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California.[1][2][3]

There was also an All-Star Skills Competition that took place on Saturday, July 21 that was streamed on NBC Sports Gold.

Selection process

The PLL's inaugural All-Star Game featured the league's top 50 players selected by fans. Once the players were selected earlier this season, the PLL held an All-Star Draft on July 9 for team captains Trevor Baptiste of Atlas and Matt Rambo of the Whipsnakes, who both received the most fan votes, to select their 21 teammates.

Broadcast

The game was broadcast on NBCSN.[4] Analysts Brendan Burke and Ryan Boyle were the play-by-play commentators, along with sideline reporter Chantel McCabe who conducted in-game interviews.

Players from each team were mic'd up for "under-the-helmet" interviews with analyst Ryan Boyle up in the booth. They were Paul Rabil, Justin Guterding and Jarrod Neumann of Team Baptiste, as well as, opposing team captain Matt Rambo.

Syracuse Lacrosse player, Lacrosse Hall of Fame and NFL Hall of Fame inductee Jim Brown joined the analysts in the booth during halftime and also gave an opening speech to all the players before the game. Also, Chantel McCabe interviewed legendary lacrosse player Gary Gait during the second quarter.

Rules

The standard PLL face-off rules were modified for the All-Star Game. (All quarters start with a face-off).

  • 1st Quarter: Same as regular season with Lacrosse face-off.
  • 2nd Quarter: Goalie begins play again after each goal scored.
  • 3rd Quarter: "Hockey-style" face-off (like a puck-drop) is in effect.
  • 4th Quarter/Overtime: Same rules as regular season.[5]

Teams

Team Rambo (captain Matt Rambo, wearing black/gray tie-dye uniforms) vs. Team Baptiste (captain Trevor Baptiste, wearing white/rainbow-colored tie-dye uniforms). All uniforms had name plates with the player's (@) Instagram profile names on the back of their jerseys.[6]

Outcome

Winners: The score was 17–16, Team Baptiste over Team Rambo with a second half comeback, scoring 9 of the final 13 goals of the game. The All-Star game MVP award (presented by Mike Rabil) went to goalie Jack Concannon who had 13 saves with only 5 goals allowed in the second half.[7] The attendance was 8,189.[8]

Rosters

Team Baptise
No. Name Team Position Name Plate
0Tim TroutnerRedwoodsGoalie@timothytroutner
1Marcus HolmanArchersAttack@marcusholman1
1Mike ChanenchukWhipsnakesMidfield@Mike_Chanencuk
2Scott RatliffArchersLSM@ScottRatliff2
4Will MannyArchersAttack@willmanny1
5Matt KavanaghRedwoodsAttack@mattkavanagh_
9Trevor BaptisteAtlasFace Off@trevorbaptise9
12Jack ConcannonGoalieAtlas@_concannon_
13Tyler WarnerWhipsnakesMidfield@_twarner5
14Justin GuterdingChromeAttack@guterball14
15Myles JonesChaosMidfield@mylesjones15
18Kyle HarrisonRedwoodsMidfield@kyleharrison18
22Josh ByrneChaosAttack@joshbyrne22
22Ned CrottyChromeMidfield@crottykid22
22Ryan DrennerWhipsnakesAttack@ryandrenner
26Tom SchneiderArchersMidfield@tom_schneider26
43Matthew LandisRedwoodsDefense@mattlandis43
51Tucker DurkinAtlasDefense@tdurkin51
52Garrett EppleRedwoodsDefense@garrett_epple
81Kyle HartzellAtlasLSM@khartzell81
88Jarrod NeumannChaosDefense@jneu_xv
99Paul RabilAtlasMidfield@paulrabil

Coaches: Nat St. Laurent (head coach – Redwoods), Andy Towers (assistant coach – Chaos)

Team Rambo
No. Name Team Position Name Plate
0Blaze RiordenChaosGoalie@blazeriorden10
1Joe WaltersRedwoodsMidfield@jwalters1
2Miles ThompsonChaosAttack@miles74thompson
4Ryan BrownAtlasAttack@rbrownie4
5Connor FieldsChaosAttack@connorfields5
6Bryce YoungWhipsnakesDefense@b_young41
7Jules HeningburgRedwoodsAttack@julesheningburg
8Brent AdamsRedwoodsMidfield@brentadamsco
9Matt RamboWhipsnakesAttack@rattmambo
11Matt McMahonArchersDefense@mattmcman
16Mark GliciniChaosMidfield@mark_glic
23Drew SniderWhipsnakesMidfield@dsnides23
26Michael EarnhardtAtlasLSM@airheart12
32Greg GurenlianRedwoodsFace-Off@gregbeast32
32Jordan WolfChromeAttack@jwolf31
33Conner BuczekAtlasMidfield@cbuczek33
33Matthew DunnWhipsnakesDefense@matt_dunn33
35Kyle BernlohrWhipsnakesGoalie@kbernlohr35
48Sergio SalcidoRedwoodsMidfield@sergiosalcido48
54Jake FroccaroChaosMidfield@simple__jake
77Cade van RaaphorstAtlasDefense@cvanrapp77
83Jake BernhardtWhipsnakesMidfield@jak3bernhardt

[9][10]

Coaches: Jim Stagnitta (head coach – Whipsnakes), Chris Bates (assistant coach – Archers)

Skills Competition

The All-Star Skills Competition took place right after the All-Star game on NBC Sports Gold. The events featured were named:

  • Fastest Player – 5 of the fastest competitors run from the in line to the top of the opposite 2-point arc. The first 3 to cross the line move onto Round 2.
    • Participants: Brent Adams, Sergio Salcidd, Dan Eipp, Mark Glicini, Jarrod Neumann[11]
      • Winner: Dan Eipp
  • Adidas Freestyle Challenge – players have 30 seconds each to score 1 goal in the most creative way possible. Judges score with a 1 to 10 rating.
    • Participants: Connor Fields, Ryder Garnsey, Scott Ratliff, Ryan Drenner, Justin Guterding
      • Winner: Justin Guterding
  • Goalie Competition – 3 goalies will try and stop as many shots as possible in 30 seconds. The goalie who makes the most stops (save or a missed shot) wins the competition.
    • Participants: Kyle Bernlohr, Tim Troutner, Blaze Ridrden
      • Winner: Tim Troutner
  • Vineyard Vines Accuracy Challenge – 6 competitors have 30 seconds to hit 5 targets in the cage as fast as they can from a distance of 10 yards.
  • Fastest Shot – 2 rounds, 2 shots per player from 10 yards out to score with the fastest MPH shot on goal.
    • Participants: Jarrod Neumann, Connor Buczek, Blaze Riorden, Jake Froccaro, Myles Jones, Michael Ehrhardt
      • Winner: Jarrod Neumann [12]

References

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