Many lacrosse fans attended or watched the 2014 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game in Boston on Thursday night. The game featured an MLL skills competition at halftime with the main attraction being the Fastest Shot Competition.
Four MLL stars took their turn, taking two shots on net in attempt to break the world record of 114 mph established in 2013 by Mike Sawyer of the Charlotte Hounds.
Jeremy Sievert of the Denver Outlaws was the first to shoot and put up 110 mph. Charlotte long-pole Brett Schmidt (107 mph) was followed by Rochester Rattlers teammates Justin Turri (103 mph) and Mike Manley (112 mph) in the contest, but failed to break the record.
In dramatic fashion, lacrosse fan Zak Dorn stepped up after the four MLL stars for his shot. Dorn had won the pregame Warrior Rabil Challenge to earn a chance to challenge the pros. His first shot was announced as 114 mph, equaling the world record. Moments later a second shot hit the net at 116 mph! Dorn won the competition, set a new world record and was presented a prize of $1,000 by MLL Commissioner David Gross.
A member of the semi-professional Chicago Outlaws (CILL), Dorn acknowledged in the interview after the competition he practiced for the moment. “I work at a lacrosse store in Chicago and ah, lucky enough to have a shooting cage in the store so, with a radar gun.” Dorn also commented that he has shot faster in practice.
Will we see Zak Dorn at the 2015 MLL All-Star Game?