Four Lizards chosen for MLL All-Star Game

Lizards attack Rob Pannell looks for an opening

Lizards attack Rob Pannell looks for an opening on goal in the first period of a Major League Lacrosse game against the Charlotte Hounds at Shuart Stadium. (May 31, 2013) (Credit: James Escher)

Four Lizards were selected Monday to compete in the MLL All-Star Game July 13 at American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., by league coaches and general managers.

Goalie Drew Adams was named to his third all-star team and defenseman Brian Karalunas was chosen for his second. Faceoff midfielder Greg Gurenlian and rookie attackman Rob Pannell were named all-stars for the first time. Pannell, the Tewaaraton Award winner who scored a hat trick in his MLL debut, was the only rookie selected.

Adams leads the league in saves with 116 in eight games. Karalunas, the team's best close defenseman, draws the opposition's top scorer every game.

This is Adams' third consecutive all-star nod, but with the Lizards (3-5) off to an uninspiring start, he referred to 2013 as "not his best season."

"It's always a nice accolade, and every year it's exciting," Adams said. "But we're struggling this year. I certainly would trade an all-star appearance for some more wins in New York, but it's still a tremendous honor, nonetheless."

Gurenlian is considered the top faceoff man in the league. His 131 wins and .621 win percentage are tops in the league, and he is third in ground balls, with 54.

"It's about time," said the seven-year pro with a laugh. "It's great. I've been extremely close a bunch of times and to finally be recognized feels really, really good. As an athlete, it's a really cool opportunity."

Pannell, a Smithtown West graduate, has seven goals and nine assists in four games.

"I'm surprised he was the only rookie," Gurenlian said. "But he was definitely deserving."

The 38 all-stars will be divided into two teams selected by the winners of the MLL Ultimate Fan Fantasy contest.

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