Skills And Thrills The Order Of The Day At The PLL All-Star Game

Gary Groob
All Lacrosse All The Time – A Division of Edge of Philly Sports Network

The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) held their All-Star game Saturday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.  

Team Baptiste faced Team Farrell in a display of sportsmanship and skill. Following the game, the best players in the world would compete in the 2022 All-Star Skills Challenge.  Whipsnakes LC head coach Jim Stagnitta was on the sidelines for Team Baptiste, and Chaos LC head coach Andy Towers for Team Farrell.

Team Baptiste scored early and often jumping out to an insurmountable lead early on.  Michael Sowers (3g, 0a), Marcus Holman (1g, 1-2pt. g, 4a), and Myles Jones (2-2pt. goals, 1 assist) led them throughout the game.  Final score was 33-13 in favor of Team Baptiste.

To The Game:

Team Farrell got on the board first when Logan Wisnauskas fired a Mike Chanenchuk pass in at 1:16.

Team Baptiste answered back with three quick goals to take the lead.  Danny Logan scored off Scott Ratliff pass 0:13 seconds later, followed by Bryan Costibile converting a Chris Gray feed at 2:59.  Myles Jones fired a 2 pointer off a Jeff Teat pass at 3:58 for a 5-1 Team Baptiste lead. 

Ryan Terefenko scored for Team Farrell at 4:35, but Matt Rambo, with a backhanded shovel beat Kyle Bernlohr at 7:30.

A new rule for today’s game was the “Bonus Ball” rule.  This means in the last 2 minutes of EVERY quarter goals are double valued.   You can score a 4 point goal in this game!

In “Bonus Ball” time of quarter number one, Chris Gray scored off a Myles Jones feed at 11:52, then Joey Nardella scored off a Matt Rambo feed at the horn.

After one quarter, Team Baptiste 10 Team Farrell 2.

Second Quarter:

Marcus Holman opened the second quarter scoring for Team Baptiste.  Converting a Joey Nardella pass, Holman scored a 2 pointer at 0:20 seconds to increase the lead to 12-2, followed by Michael Sowers scoring off a Matt Moore pass at 1:50. 

Jeff Teat got on the board for Team Baptiste finishing off a Brad Smith pass at 3:03, but was answered back by Asher Nolting scoring off a Jake Pulver pass at 3:51.  Scott Ratliff scored for Team Baptiste off a Jeff Teat feed at 4:16. 

Myles Jones scored his second 2 pointer of a the game with an absolute howitzer of a shot off a Marcus Holman pass at 6:15. 

Brendan Nichtern scored for Team Farrell off a Rob Pannell pass at 8:52, but was answered back by Danny Logan scoring a 2 point goal off a Marcus Holman pass at 9:22.

In “Bonus Ball” time Logan Wisnauskas scored a 2 pointer for Team Farrell off a Will Manny pass at 10:41 to end the half.

At the half, Team Baptiste 19 Team Farrell 6.

During halftime, the Premier Lacrosse League held the fastest shot competition.  It came down to Mike Manley with a 116 mph shot vs. Jarrod Neumann with a 118 mph shot to get to the finals.  Neumann won the competition with a 116 mph shot in the finals.

Third Quarter:

Connor Farrell opened the third quarter scoring just 0:07 seconds into the quarter, followed by Logan Wisnauskas just 0:25 seconds later. 

Michael Sowers scored for Team Baptiste at 1:09, but was answered by two more Team Farrell goals.  Will Manny converted a Logan Wisnauskas pass at 2:08, followed by Rob Pannell finishing off a Mike Chanenchuk feed at 5:08. 

Team Baptiste kept coming.   Jules Heningburg scored at 6:19, followed by a 2 point goal from Matt Moore.  Michael Sowers scored a beauty off a Jeff Teat pass at 7:47.

Rob Pannell scored off a Logan Wisnauskas feed for Team Farrell, but was answered back by Bryan Costabile at 8:27, then Marcus Holman off a Jeff Teat feed at 9:24. 

After three quarters, Team Baptiste 26 Team Farrell 11.

Fourth Quarter:

Three quick goals worth five thrust Team Baptiste even further ahead.  2 point goals from Cade van Raaphorst and Troy Reh, followed by a goal from Danny Logan at 2:50 made the score a very lopsided 31-11. 

Asher Nolting scored for Team Farrell at 3:12, followed by Zach Currier off a Ryan Terefenko pass at 8:30.

In the “Bonus Ball” part of the quarter, Jules Heningburg scored a 2 point goal off a Bryan Costabile pass at 11:23.

Final score, Team Baptiste 33 Team Farrell 13.

Game MVP was Marcus Holman with 7 points

Game Stats:

  • Shots on Goal favored Team Baptiste 40-30.
  • Team Baptiste went 1 for 2 on the power play.
  • Team Farrell didn’t have a power play.
  • Facoffs were 19-18 in favor of Team Baptiste.

Top Scorers:

Team Farrell:

  • Logan Wisnauskas 3g, 2a
  • Rob Pannell 2g, 1a
  • Asher Nolting 2g, 0a

Team Baptiste:

  • Marcus Holman 1g, 1-2pt. goal, 4a
  • Jeff Teat 1g, 4a
  • Myles Jones 2-2pt. goals, 1a

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.