June 22, 2017 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) - Atlanta Blaze
Kennesaw - The 2017 All-Star roster has been announced, and three Blaze players will make an appearance in WHERE WHEN: Matt Mackrides, Scott Ratliff, and Kevin Rice. The announcement came just after noon on June 22, and is a well-deserved reward to the trio named.
After Matt Mackrides went down hard with a concussion in the end of the 2016 season, but has made his mark in 2017. In 7 games played with the Blaze Mackrides has put up 13 goals, one two-point goal and 9 assists to make 23 points for the Blaze. Mackrides is commended throughout the league and the lacrosse world for his character and commitment to his brothers on the field. He has emerged as a playmaker in the 2017 season, and has truly shone as an infinitely valuable Blaze midfielder.
Scott Ratliff, a Blaze captain and the first MLL player from Georgia, tore up the field from the moment he first put on a Blaze jersey in the 2016 inaugural season. This year, Scott not only won the MLL Real Men Wear Pink contest put on by the American Cancer Society to benefit the fight against breast cancer, he also had repeat phenomenal field performances. In his 7 games with the Blaze he has put up 4 goals, 1 two-point goal, and 1 assist for a total of 6 points. More notably, he has snagged 29 ground balls and been a visible force and true leader on the field.
Finally, no one has had a bumpier road trying to earn a place on this team than Blaze captain Kevin Rice. Coming off an ACL tear at the end of the 2016 season, Rice broke his hand in the first game of the 2017 season, putting him out for a solid X games. However, in his 2 games back, he has made it clear that he is one of the most dominant players in all of Major League Lacrosse. Rice has made 7 goals and 10 assists, contributing to 17 points for the Atlanta Blaze. Kevin Rice has earned this place through his performance in his three games in the 2017 season, and his never-say-die attitude.