The MLL All-Star Game took place over the weekend in Annapolis as Team Ice, captained by Lyle Thompson, defeated Team Fire, captained by Rob Pannell, 16-15 in overtime.
While the game as a whole was great there was one storyline in particular that stood out to many during this game. That storyline was the play of Atlanta Blaze rookie attackman Brendan Sunday. The Towson product put on a show, wowing fans all game long with his impressive array of offensive firepower as a scorer and a feeder.
Sunday ended the game with five points (4G/1A), including the game-winner in overtime. The rookie was simply on another level as he helped lead Team Ice to victory over Team Fire. Sunday took the reigns, ran the show, and did it just like he was a veteran.
Having such an unbelievable performance as a rookie playing in your first All-Star game may come as a surprise to some, but knowledgable lacrosse fans know just how special of a player Sunday is and how good he can be.
Sunday’s success in the All-Star game and this season, in general, is no accident or fluke. The attackman has been grooming his craft and working towards this moment for years now. During his college days at Towson, Sunday was a key fixtures of the Tigers’ offense and regularly put up four-five point performances. He even had a few games where he tallied eight and nine points with most of those points coming from goals.
The All-Star attackman was a force to be reckoned with during his time at Towson and still is now with the Atlanta Blaze. Thus far, Sunday has tallied 23 points (13G/10A). He is a big part of that fiery Atlanta Blaze offense that can strike at any given time.
A Poughquag, N.Y. native, Sunday’s ability as a pure sharpshooter is surely appreciated, but his passing game has seemed to develop the most during his rookie season with Atlanta, feeding some of the other amazing player makers on that offense.
Sunday brought that same mentality to Annapolis on Saturday. Even though he was playing for Team Ice, Sunday was ready to catch fire and did just that. Sunday didn’t let the words All=Star get into his head all, and just simply went out there and did what he does best, ball harder than anyone else on the field.
With the second half of the season coming up next weekend the Atlanta Blaze will need the services of Brendan Sunday to help keep their offense flowing and ultimately keep winning the way they are.