Machine Players Lead Team White to Victory
By Alex Casola |
1/27/14 1:30 PM
This Sunday, US Lacrosse held its Blue-White scrimmage as a final tune-up before naming the 30-man roster for the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship. 51 of the USA’s best players took the field in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Machine players Marcus Holman, Steele Stanwick and Brian Farrell helped power Team White to a 12-5 win over Team Blue In their final on-field test, our Machine players impressed in the intrasquad tilt as they tried to earn a spot on the 30-man roster.
Marcus Holman and Steele Stanwick joined New York’s Rob Pannell on attack for Team White. The trio proved to be a powerhouse offensively. Holman, one of three players to score two goals, exploded on offense, which sparked Team White’s energy across the line-up Holman’s first goal came in the third quarter and opened the floodgates for the rest of the Team White attack.
Like Holman, Stanwick also shined around the cage, scoring one goal and adding two assists. The synergy between Holman, Stanwick and Pannell proved too much for Team Blue to handle at times.
In the midfield, Brian Farrell chipped in offensively as he found Matt Abbott on a breakaway for an assist. But Farrell's main contributions came on the other side of the ball as he proved his defensive worth going up against a dominant Team Blue offense. Farrell stopped dynamic MLL offensive players, such as Ned Crotty, Matt Mackrides and Drew Westervelt, to help maintain Team White’s lead throughout the game.
US Lacrosse will announce its 30-man roster on Wednesday, February 5. The 2014 FILWorld Championship will be held in Denver starting July 10. Team USA hopes to take the gold for its second straight tournament after claiming gold in 2010.