PLL Brings The “Wow” Factor In This Year’s All-Star Game

Patrick Bernard – Field Correspondent, All Lacrosse All The Time

The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) had their annual All-Star game this past weekend in Louisville, KY.  This was the first time the PLL had come to Louisville, and treated their fans to a spectacle of epic proportions.  It was the Veterans vs. The Rising Stars in this year’s showcase, with the Veterans outlasting the Rising Stars 26-19.

To The Game:

The Veterans got off to a red hot start scoring the first six goals.  Ryan Drenner found the low corner off a Bryan Costabile feed at 2:15, followed by Will Manny grabbing a turnover and feeding Rob Pannell for the second goal.  Troy Reh fired a bomb off a Zach Currier pass and it was 4-0.  The Veterans pressure kept the Rising Stars on their heels. 

Both teams were still in the spirit of things with a Rock, Paper, Scissors faceoff to follow.

Romar Dennis would score next beating man coverage, followed by Zach Currier hitting Connor Fields for the highlight reel goal.

Asher Nolting finally got the Rising Stars on the board with a snipe just inside the arc at 6:57.

Ryder Garnsey increased the Veterans lead, but Nolting’s second of the quarter kept the Rising Stars in the game.  Jarrod Neumann then gave us a taste of what was to come in the skills competition firing a 106 MPH shot into the far corner to end the quarter.

After one quarter, Veterans 9 Rising Stars 2.

Second Quarter:

The Rising Stars got moving and made a game of this to start the quarter.  Nakeie Montgomery opened the scoring just 0:12 seconds into the quarter, followed by TD Ierlan converting an Asher Nolting feed just 0:11 seconds later.  Mac O’Keefe kept the Rising Stars rolling, followed by Justin Anderson bringing the game within three goals, scoring at 4:37.

Matt Rees converted a Will Manny pass at 5:27, but Rising Stars captain Michael Sowers got on the board finishing off a TD Ierlan feed at 5:34.  The “Milkman” Connor Farrell got explosive with a 2-point bomb, followed by Tom Schreiber with a laser and Jarrod Neumann with another impressive 2-point howitzer.

Logan Wisnauskas would give the Rising Stars another tally, scoring at 8:54.

At the half, Veterans 15 Rising Stars 8.

Halftime saw the Skills Competition:

Logan Wisnauskas won the Accuracy Competition.

Xander Dickson Freestyle Champion.

Blaze Riorden Goaltending Winner.

Jarrod Neumann Fastest Shot in PLL History with an astounding 121 MPH shot.

Third Quarter:

Rob Pannell opened the second half scoring off a Marcus Holman behind the back pass at 1:53.

Connor Fields continued the onslaught, followed by Pannell again converting a Bryan Costabile feed at 3:38.

Mac O’Keefe scored the next two goals for the Rising Stars to bring the score to 18-10, but Ryder Garnsey with yet another spectacular goal off a Rob Pannell feed stopped the mini run, but Brett Makar then hit a 2-point shot that had long distance charges on it for the Rising Stars.

Will Manny sandwiched a Logan Wisnauskas goal to take the Veterans into the fourth with an eight goal lead.

After three quarters, Veterans 21 Rising Stars 13.

Fourth Quarter:

Zach Currier opened the scoring, but another impressive goal from the Penn State product Mac O’Keefe, and Logan Wisnauskas kept the Rising Stars in the hunt.  Anderson, O’Keefe and Nakeie Montgomery brought the score within four goals before Tom Schreiber scored for the Veterans to make it a 23-18 game.

Logan Wisnauskas and Bryan Costabile trade goals, then Ryder Garnsey puts an exclamation point on the game with yet another unbelievable goal.  Rob Pannell finished the scoring with 0:04 seconds left for the Veterans victory.

Final score, Veterans 26 Rising Stars 19.

Will Manny was named the MVP of the Game

Game Stats:

Shots on goal were 45-44 in favor of the Rising Stars.

Ground balls were also led by the Rising Stars 66-50

The faceoff battle had the Rising Stars winning 68.2% (30-14)

The Veterans went 1 for 1 on the power-play, while the Rising Stars went 0 for 1.

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Pat Bernard
Pat Bernard

Pat Bernard has four years of podcasting. His first year with the Pattison Ave Phantics and four years running Devereaux Sports. Now currently, both Devereaux Sports and Edge of Sports. Pat is a  for 6 Philly sports fan.  Flyers, Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, Wings, and Union. The Gobbler is a former pro wrestler and ACPW Hall of Famer! He is originally out of Ambler from Northeast Philly (by the Tacony Bridge).  Pat is a credentialed Philadelphia Wings Beat Reported under Edge of Philly Sports.