Former Navy Lax Standouts Named to MLL All-Star Rosters
June 27, 2007
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Former Navy lacrosse standouts Mickey Jarboe ('00) and Graham Gill ('05) have been selected to play in the Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game it was announced over the weekend. Televised by ESPN2, the MLL All-Star Game is set for a 12:30 pm face-off at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass. on July 8 where the Eastern Conference will battle all-stars from the Western Conference.
Jarboe and Gill are among seven former Navy lacrosse players who are on the Los Angeles Riptide roster this summer. Joining the two MLL All-Stars are Sean Donnelly, a member of Navy's Class of '92 who served five years as a member of the Civil Engineering Corps and is currently a real estate developer in San Francisco; Mitch Hendler ('05), stationed in San Diego as a Force Protection Officer on the USS VANDEGRIFT; Chris Pieczonka ('05), also stationed in San Diego as a Force Protection Officer on the USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN; Matt Russell ('06), an ensign in the Navy who is based out of San Diego and Jon Birsner ('06), who is a member of the team but is currently at sea.
A helicopter pilot based out of San Diego, Jarboe returned to the game of lacrosse this summer where he has led the Riptide to the Western Conference lead with a 4-2 record. He owns the MLL's third-lowest goals-against average, giving up 13.26 per contest, while stopping better than 50 percent of the shots he has faced.
While at Navy, Jarboe garnered All-America recognition twice and was the recipient of the highest honor bestowed upon a collegiate goalkeeper, the Ens. C. Markland Kelly Award, in 1999 and 2000.
Gill, who is finishing up flight school in Corpus Christi, Texas this week, played his inaugural season with the New Jersey Pride in '05 and was acquired by the Riptide last year and played in eight games. He is the team's fourth-leading scorer with 16 points on 13 goals and three assists. His 13 goals are the second most on the team behind Michael Watson's 16 and tied as the 15th most in the league.
A two-time All-American, Gill led the Mids to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Mids' journey to the National Championship Game against Syracuse in 2004.
In addition to the game, the All-Star festivities will include the Bud Light MLL All-Star Skills competition, which will take place at halftime. The events will consist of the fastest shot, accuracy and freestyle contests with Gill competing in the fastest shot battle.
2007 All-Star Roster: Eastern Conference No. Name Pos. Team 0 Mikey Powell A Boston 1 Dan Cocchi M Long Island 3 Roy Colsey M Philadelphia 4 Chris Passavia D Boston 6 Brian Dougherty G Philadelphia 7 Kyle Sweeney D Philadelphia 8 Peter Vlahakis M Long Island 9 Matt Striebel M Philadelphia 11 Kyle Dixon M Washington 12 Matt Ward A Washington 13 Stephen Berger M Long Island 14 Ryan Boyle A Philadelphia 15 Chris Garrity G Washington 17 Brodie Merrill D Rochester 18 Kyle Harrison M New Jersey 22 Casey Powell A Rochester 23 Matt Poskay M Boston 24 John Grant Jr. A Rochester 41 Nicky Polanco D Long Island
Head Coach: Tony Resch, Philadelphia
2007 All-Star Roster: Western Conference No. Name Pos. Team 2 Brendan Mundorf A Denver 5 Eric Martin D San Francisco 6 Brian Langtry M Denver 7 Geoff Snider M Denver 9 Josh Sims M Denver 12 Graham Gill M Los Angeles 15 Jeff Sonke M Denver 19 Kevin Leveille A Chicago 21 Sean Lindsay M Los Angeles 22 Ryan Powell A San Francisco 25 Chris Rotelli M San Francisco 26 Pat Heim M Chicago 29 Lee Zink D Denver 30 Mickey Jarboe G Los Angeles 36 Mike Culver D Chicago 37 Benson Erwin M Denver 40 Trevor Tierney G Denver 44 Greg Bice D Los Angeles 77 Spencer Ford A Los Angeles
Head Coach: John Tucker, Los Angeles