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Ratcliff, Beers & Self added to All-Star Lineups

02/21/2012, 12:14pm EST
By NLL.com

Wings' Dan Dawson replaces Rock's Doyle as assistant captain for East team at All-Star game


Lewis Ratcliff of the Washington Stealth will replace injured teammate Rhys Duch at Saturday's All-Star game in Buffalo's First Niagara Center. (Photo Credit: Larry Palumbo)

The National Lacrosse League has announced three substitutions for injured players in the 2012 NLL All-Star Game.  The All-Star Game takes place on Saturday, February 25, 7 p.m. ET at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, home of the Buffalo Bandits. 

Washington Stealth teammates Lewis Ratcliff and Matt Beers, and Scott Self of the Buffalo Bandits have been named as injury replacements and are now on the rosters.

On the West squad, Ratcliff will replace teammate Rhys Duch, and Beers takes over the spot that belonged to the Chris Corbeil of the Edmonton Rush.

Ratcliff, who will make his sixth All-Star appearance, is tied with Duch for the Stealth lead with 14 goals and is second with 29 points.

Beers, who’s slated to make his All-Star debut, has picked up 17 loose balls and leads Washington with 31 penalty minutes. He’s also contributed three goals and four assists in six games.

Self will play in his third All-Star game after collecting a team high-tying 34 loose balls with a goal and eight assists in six games.  Self takes the place of Toronto Rock forward Colin Doyle.   

Self is the sixth member of the host Bandits to make the All-Star team with forwards John Tavares and Luke Wiles, defensemen Billy Dee Smith and Chris White, and goaltender Mike Thompson.

Also, Dan Dawson of the Philadelphia Wings, already on the East roster, replaces injured Toronto Rock forward Colin Doyle as assistant captain for the East team.

Dawson has recorded 10 points in each of the last two weeks, making him the first NLL player since Tracey Kelusky in 2001 to do so. Dawson, the reigning Offensive Player of the Week, leads the league with 34 assists and is second with 41 points.

The updated All-Star Rosters are listed below.

East All-Star Team

(Player, Team and # of times player has now been selected to NLL All-Star Game)

Forwards

Starter: John Tavares (Buffalo Bandits – 10th)

Starter: Cody Jamieson (Rochester Knighthawks – 2nd)

Luke Wiles (Buffalo Bandits – 2nd)

Dan Dawson (Philadelphia Wings – 6th)

Garrett Billings (Toronto Rock – 2nd)

Kevin Crowley (Philadelphia Wings – 1st)

Josh Sanderson (Toronto Rock – 7th)

Johnny Powless (Rochester Knighthawks – 1st)

Transition

Starter: Brodie Merrill (Philadelphia Wings – 6th)

Max Seibald – (Philadelphia Wings – 2nd)

Defensemen

Starter: Billy Dee Smith (Buffalo Bandits – 1st)

Starter: Pat McCready (Rochester Knighthawks – 3rd)

Chris White (Buffalo Bandits – 4th)

Sandy Chapman (Toronto Rock – 2nd)

Mike Kirk (Rochester Knighthawks – 1st)

Scott Self (Buffalo Bandits – 3rd)

Goaltenders

Starter: Mike Thompson (Buffalo Bandits – 1st)

Matt Roik (Toronto Rock – 2nd)

Selected but unable to play due to injury:

Colin Doyle (Toronto Rock – 10th)

Head Coach: Troy Cordingley, Toronto Rock

Assistant Coach: Darris Kilgour, Buffalo Bandits

West All-Star Team

Forwards

Starter: John Grant Jr. (Colorado Mammoth – 8th)

Starter: Adam Jones (Colorado Mammoth – 1st)

Gavin Prout (Colorado Mammoth – 8th)

Ryan Benesch (Minnesota Swarm – 2nd)

Callum Crawford (Minnesota Swarm – 2nd)

Shawn Williams (Edmonton Rush – 7th)

Jeff Shattler (Calgary Roughnecks – 4th)

Lewis Ratcliff (Washington Stealth – 6th)

Transition

Starter: Andrew Suitor (Minnesota Swarm – 1st)

Geoff Snider (Calgary Roughnecks – 5th)

Curtis Manning (Calgary Roughnecks – 1st)

Paul Rabil (Edmonton Rush – 2nd)

Jordan MacIntosh (Minnesota Swarm – 1st)

Defensemen

Starter: Rory Smith (Colorado Mammoth – 1st)

Starter: Kyle Rubisch (Edmonton Rush – 2nd)

Matt Beers (Washington Stealth – 1st)

Goaltenders

Starter: Goaltender - Chris Levis (Colorado Mammoth – 2nd)

Goaltender – Aaron Bold (Edmonton Rush – 1st)

Selected but unable to play due to injury:

Chris Corbeil (Edmonton Rush – 1st)

Rhys Duch (Washington Stealth – 2nd)

Head Coach: Chris Hall, Washington Stealth

Assistant Coach: Derek Keenan, Edmonton Rush

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.   

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