Rhys Duch will represent the Stealth at the 2012 NLL All-Star Game (Photos by Richard Olson).
The National Lacrosse League announced the complete rosters for the 2012 NLL All-Star Game, which is slated for February 25 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY. Two members of the Washington Stealth were named reserves on the West All-Star Team; forward Rhys Duch and transition player Paul Rabil.
A two-time NLL All-Pro, Duch leads the Stealth offensive attack in 2012 with nine goals and eleven assists for 20 points in four games played so far this season. The Stealth got off to a slow start this season, losing its first three games, but last week picked up a big win in Buffalo due in large part to the eight-point (4g, 4a) outing from Duch, which included the game-winning goal in overtime. Duch will be appearing in the NLL All-Star Game for the second time in his four-year NLL career.
“It’s always an honor to be recognized for your play,” said Duch of making the West All-Star team. “Playing alongside some of the greatest athletes in our sport is always a humbling experience and I look forward to representing the Stealth in Buffalo.”
Joining Duch on the West All-Stars will be transition player Paul Rabil, who is also appearing in his second straight NLL All-Star Game. Rabil has notched a goal in three of the Stealth’s four games so far, and has added five assists and 25 loose balls. Last week against the Buffalo Bandits, Rabil tallied a season high three points on a goal and two assists and added six loose balls.
Washington Stealth Head Coach Chris Hall will serve as head coach of the West team. Hall, who was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on his right tonsil prior to the start of the 2012 season, has yet to join the team on the bench this season. After a six-week treatment, Hall is currently in recovery and anticipates a return to the Stealth bench prior to the All-Star Game.
The 2012 NLL All-Star Game takes place on Saturday, February 25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, home of the Buffalo Bandits. Gametime is 7pm Eastern. Tickets can be ordered by clicking here. Fans can watch the game on ESPN3 in the US and The NLL Network at NLL.com in Canada and worldwide.