By Sean Desmond | 7/5/13 12:30 PM
In order to be competitive in the MLL week in and week out, a team needs to have an impact player; and for the Cannons that player is midfielder Paul Rabil.
Rabil, who graduated from the prestigious Johns Hopkins university in 2008, was one of the most highly regarded prospects in draft history. Rabil’s incredible athleticism combined with his uncanny ability to shoot on the run made him the number one overall pick in the 2008 MLL Collegiate Draft.
Boston immediately knew that they had drafted a star. Rabil’s performance in his rookie campaign earned him a spot on his first All-Star roster, a trend that has continued throughout his career. With his selection to the 2013 All-Star game, Rabil will make an appearance on his sixth ASG roster, a Cannons’ franchise record for a single player.
Throughout his career, Rabil has been able to put up some very impressive numbers. The perennial All-Star has a combined 281 career points in 65 appearances for Boston.
In 2013 Rabil has been living up to his expectations as one of the best shooting midfielders in the MLL. Rabil’s shooting percentage is currently .236, his highest since 2010 when he finished the season scoring on 26 percent of his shots. The former collegiate All-American has carried the Cannons’ offensive load for much of the first half of the season, Rabil is currently tied with Drew Snider for fourth in the league in scoring behind Chriis Bocklet, Kevin Crowley and Brendan Mundorf.
Rabil’s offensive numbers are the highest when he distributes the ball well, something that he hasn’t had going in the first half of the season. Rabil’s teammate, fellow All-Star Mike Stone, has contributed to the Cannons’ scoring attack and has helped right the ship after a rocky start to begin the year.
Rabil is the consummate professional on the field and is now widely considered to be the best player in the league. With three points this weekend against Charlotte, the Cannons’ All-Star will pass Conor Gill to become Boston’s all time leading scorer.
If Rabil’s consistency on the field continues, don’t be surprised if Boston finds its way to championship weekend once again. Other Cannons’ All-Stars include Stone, (D) Kyle Sweeney, and (A/M) Kevin Buchannan.
The MLL All-Star Game presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill will be held on Saturday, July 13. Visit the MajorLeagueLacrosse.com All-Star Game page to purchase your tickets to watch the MLL’s best players go head to head. If you can’t make the game then be sure to tune into ESPN2 for all the action.