12/14/12 8:53 AM
With less than 57 seconds remaining in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill at Florida Atlantic University Stadium, midfielder Steven Brooks of the Chesapeake Bayhawks scored the final goal of the game to give Team Old School an 18-17 win over Team Young Guns.
Only a few weeks before the Old School New Guns showdown, the MLL appointed Machine Head Coach Ted Garber to the Team Old School helm as head coach and selected Chazz Woodson, Greg Bice, Kyle Hartzell and Jim Connolly to represent the Machine.
The 2012 All-Star Game was Woodson’s first since representing the Los Angeles Riptide in 2008 and walking away with the 2008 MLL All-Star Freestyle title. Going into the All-Star Game and leading the Machine in points (16) and goals (13), Woodson saw this game as an important moment of his 2012 season. “Before the season I set a few goals and one of them was to be a MLL team captain and another was to make the All-Star Game,” said Woodson. “To have a season that represented what I did as a lacrosse player was all part of my personal success this season.”
During the game Woodson continued his personal success when he scored late in the game to put Team Old School up 17-15 and to help push them on to the win.
Joining Woodson on Team Old School were Kyle Hartzell and fellow captain Greg Bice. The 2012 All-Star Game marked Bice’s fourth-time being named a MLL All-Star in his tenure and Hartzell’s second consecutive All-Star appointment. “It being my second time as an All Star and hosting the game in Florida made it awesome,” said Hartzell. “We had an incredible fan base in attendance and were able to give them a good show with the rallying between both sides.”
Playing in the 2012 All-Star Game also gave Hartzell a chance to defend his title as the 2011 MLL Fastest Shot Champion. During the fastest shot contest of the Bud Light Skills Competition this year, Hartzell recorded a speed of 111 miles per hour matching Paul Rabil’s world record-setting shot and secured his second consecutive Fastest Shot Crown. Hartzell, who is now known around MLL for his blistering shots, credits some of his success as a sharpshooter to his use of a long pole. “I think using a long pole is an advantage because you get more torque,” said Hartzell.
But unlike fellow teammates and veterans Hartzell, Bice and Woodson, the 2012 MLL All-Star Game was the first for attackman Jim Connolly. He went into the game having scored nine goals and tallied three assists in the first part of the Machine’s inaugural season and once in the game showed how he earned his spot on Team Young Guns, scoring two goals.
Each of the Machine’s All-Stars are hoping to be back in the 2013 All-Star Game being hosted by the Charlotte Hounds and to become the first Machine players in team history to appear in back-to-back All-Star Games.