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A Game of Ice and Fire: MLL announces 2019 All-Star team names and rosters

Pro Lacrosse Talk takes a look at the Game of Thrones-inspired All-Star team names and discusses the top storylines of the 2019 MLL All-Star Game.

MLL 2019 All-Star Game

On July 15, the MLL announced the rosters for its 2019 All-Star Game, as well as Game of Thrones-inspired team names for Lyle Thompson and Rob Pannell’s squads.

The 2019 MLL All-Star teams are Team ICE, led by Lyle Thompson, and Team FIRE, led by Rob Pannell. Both team captains personally picked the rosters over the phone as you can see here:

2019 MLL All-Star Game rosters

ARob Pannell (Lizards)Lyle Thompson (Bayhawks)
AMark Cockerton (Cannons)Colin Heacock (Bayhawks)
ASteele Stanwick (Bayhawks)Bryce Wasserman (Rattlers)
ADylan Molloy (Lizards)John Grant Jr. (Outlaws)
AShayne Jackson (Blaze)Randy Staats (Blaze)
MKyle Denhoff (Cannons)Brendan Kavanagh (Outlaws)
MNick Mariano (Bayhawks)Bryan Cole (Blaze)
MJack Curran (Rattlers)Brendan Sunday (Blaze)
MZach Currier (Outlaws)Isaiah Davis-Allen (Bayhawks)
MMike Schlosser (Outlaws) Brendan Bomberry (Bayhawks)
MKevin Crowley (Lizards)Matt Abbott (Bayhawks)
DJames Fahey (Cannons)Craig Chick (Rattlers)*
DJake Pulver (Rattlers)Jesse Bernhardt (Bayhawks)
DJack Carrigan (Lizards)Justin Pugal (Cannons)
DBen Randall (Lizards)Finn Sullivan (Outlaws)
FOAlex Woodall (Blaze)Max Adler (Outlaws)
FOGreg Puskuldjian (Lizards)Kevin Reisman (Cannons)
LSMLSM Ryland Rees (Cannons)LSM CJ Costabile (Bayhawks)
SSDMSSDM TJ Comizio (Blaze)SSDM Zach Goodrich (Cannons)
GChris Madalon (Blaze)Dillon Ward (Outlaws)
GNick Marrocco (Cannons)Niko Amato (Bayhawks)

*Craig Chick will be replacing Liam Byrnes. Byrnes will not be available for the 2019 MLL All-Star Game.

Biggest storylines heading into the game

On paper, the rosters are fairly evenly split (nice job Lyle and Rob) and the team names set the stage up for several interesting storylines:

  • How will the usual dynamic duo of Shayne Jackson and Randy Staats perform on opposing teams? (We’re wondering if both will be rendered powerless without each other ala the Wonder Twins.)
  • How will Atlanta Blaze players Randy Staats, Bryan Cole and Brendan Sunday fare on an ice-inspired team?
  • Will the 44-year-old John Grant Jr. score 4 goals and 4 assists in honor of his age?
  • Will the ESPN 2 announcers make ice and fire puns throughout the game? (If they don’t, Pro Lacrosse Talk certainly will.)
  • Will the game be more satisfying than Game of Thrones Season 8?
  • Will the MLL actually acknowledge that the team names are inspired by Game of Thrones?
  • Lyle Thompson will score a behind-the-back goal. (Yes, this last one is a statement because it would be a dumb question to ask.)

You can watch the MLL All-Star Game on ESPN 2 on July 27 or see all the action in person at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. Also, be sure to follow @prolacrossetalk on Twitter and Instagram for All-Star game coverage and plenty of fire and ice jokes.

Hutton Jackson is a professional video editor, co-founder/host of Pro Lacrosse Talk and editor-in-chief of Lacrosse Playground. He is also an Emmy-winning associate producer with two major sports networks and oversees Lacrosse Playground's video content as the head coordinating producer. Hutton played four years of college lacrosse at DeSales University where his highest lacrosse accolade was being named to Inside Lacrosse's 2014 All-Name Team with current pros Challen Rogers, Deemer Class and Larken Kemp, an honor that didn't require stepping on the field. When he's not writing on lacrosse, he can usually be found diving around the crease in your local men's league and ranting about Baltimore and D.C. professional sports.

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