ANNAPOLIS – A combined 31 goals were scored during the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) All-Star Game played on July 27 in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in front of 6,685 fans. However, the league’s annual showcase game needed an overtime period to determine the winner, which attackman Brendan Sunday provided to give the Team Ice All-Stars a 16-15 victory.
Before the contest, two captains were named to select the teams. Team Ice was represented by Chesapeake Bayhawks attacker Lyle Thompson, the league’s top goalscorer with 27 goals. Team Fire was led by Rob Pannell of the New York Lizards.
Of the 10 Bayhawks that were nominated to the All-Star Game, seven were selected to join Team Ice, while the final three joined Team Fire.
After Sunday scored the game’s opening goal, Team Ice took an early 4-3 lead coming out of the first quarter. Team Fire scored six of the next nine goals to head into halftime with a two-goal lead.
Team Fire increased their lead to a three-goal advantage thanks in large part to a five-goal performance by New York’s Dylan Molloy, who was named the game’s MVP.
However, Team Ice roared back, scoring four goals in the fourth quarter. Thompson tied the game after dodging a defender and launching his shot into the goal before falling forward. It was the Chesapeake star’s fourth goal of the game.
However, Team Fire attackman Mark Cockerton of the Boston Cannons responded with less than two minutes remaining to reclaim their one-goal advantage.
With 77 seconds left, Dallas Rattlers’ BrJoseyce Wasserman charged in front of goal and scored the game-tying goal for Team Ice. In the final 15 seconds, Team Fire had two opportunities to win the game but was denied by consecutive saves from Bayhawks goalie Niko Amato, to send the game to overtime. It was the fifth time that the All-Star game has gone into overtime.
After each team missed multiple chances to win the game, Thompson threw a quick pass to a sliding Sunday in the middle of the crease. Sunday quickly released the shot past goalie Nick Marrocco for his fourth goal of the contest to win the game for Team Ice.
The Bayhawks return to action on Aug. 3 when they host New York at 7 p.m. in Annapolis.