July 17, 2009

Queener Dazzles, Old School Kicks It in OT

from press release

Brodie Merrill (right) receives congratulations from Old School teammate Kyle Sweeney after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime, lifting Old School to a 22-21 win over Young Guns in the MLL All-Star Game at Invesco Field at Mile High. © Jamie Schwaberow

Box Score: Old School 22, Young Guns 21 (OT)

DENVER -- On a clear summer night in Denver, Colorado, the "Old School" took on the "Young Guns" in the 2009 MLL All-Star Game at Invesco Field at Mile High. Amongst 10,123 excited fans and live television audience came a highly entertaining, high-scoring and record-breaking game. The Old School beat the Young Guns 22-21 in overtime.

Brodie Merrill (Toronto) scored the game winner in the extra session, but it was Brian Langtry (Denver) who was the Bud Light MVP with his record breaking three two-point goals in front of his hometown fans. It broke the record previously held by Adam Doneger from the 2003 All-Star game.

Langtry also led all players with seven points, three two-pointers and an assist. It was the Old School's first victory against the Young Guns in two All-Star meetings.

The teams combined for 43 points and 23 assists. Merrick Thomson (Toronto) and Brendan Mundorf (Denver) netted hat tricks.

The Old School built a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter on goals by veterans Langtry (a two-pointer), Anthony Kelly (Chicago), and Spencer Ford (Washington). But the Young Guns weren't done yet. Following goals by Matt Danowksi (Long Island) and Kenny Nims (Chicago), it was Denver Outlaws and Young Guns goaltender Jesse Schwartzman who found the back of the net to tie it at 10.

But it was another goaltender known for scoring goals, Toronto's Brett Queener (Toronto), who would really steal the show.

The winners of the Bud Light Skills Competition were Thomson, who won the two-point contest, Rabil with a record 111-mph rocket to win the fastest shot competition, and Queener, who  won the freestyle contest. On his second attempt, Queener started off with a dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and ended it with a moonwalk/between the legs shot and a goal.

During the fastest shot competition, the record previously held by Anthony Kelly (Chicago) with a 109-mph shot in 2008 was broken twice. The first person to break it was rookie Max Seibald (Denver), who had a 110-mph shot before Rabil took the win.

Kelly was 22-for-40 in faceoffs against Alex Smith (Washington), and Mike Gabel (Chicago) got the win of all the goalies playing. He played 35:31 and made nine saves on 19 shots.

Rabil and  Thomson lead the Young Guns in scoring with five points apiece. Major League Lacrosse was honored to have Ofek Shmool, from West Hills, Calif., in town to serve as honorary captain. Shmool was in attendance with his family courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants extraordinary experiences for children with life threatening illnesses.

Fans can bid on game-worn MLL All-Star autographed jerseys online at http://mll.charitybuzz.com/viewLots.do. The money raised through this online auction will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs. Bidding ends Aug. 14.


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