July 13, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Two former men's lacrosse standouts, Brian Karalunas (Class of 2011) and Kevin Cunningham (Class of 2012) have been named Major League Lacrosse All-Stars and will participate in the annual All-Star contest tonight, Saturday July 13th in Charlotte, N.C. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. and will be aired live on ESPN2.
The annual event allows the world's top lacrosse talent to play on the same field, putting on a spectacular show in the annual exhibition game. For the first time since the 2011 collegiate season, Karalunas and Cunningham will be playing on the same team once again, headlining the Supernova squad as they face Team Eclipse in tonight's matchup. All-Star teams were chosen by the MLL Ultimate Fan Fantasy winners in a playground-style process.
Cunningham makes his first All-Star game appearance this season after getting off to a hot start in his first year with the Hamilton Nationals. For the season, Cunningham is second in the MLL with 17 assists and third on the Nationals with 23 total points through the all-star break. The Nationals are currently sitting in second place in the MLL with a 7-3 record and is on the cusp of securing a playoff berth.
As a Wildcat, Cunningham finished his career as one of the most decorated men's lacrosse student-athletes in program history, earning USILA Honorable Mention All-America, BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year, First Team All-BIG EAST and Preseason Offensive Player of the Year honors during the 2012 season. The attackman was also a Tewaaraton Trophy nominee and concluded his four-year career with 69 goals, 81 assists, and joined the prestigious club of athletes who've eclipsed the 100-point mark with 150 career points. Cunningham currently still ranks 4th all-time with 81 assists, 5th all-time with 150 points and 14th all-time with 69 goals.
In his third season with the Lizards, Karalunas will make his second career all-star appearance tonight. The defenseman has played in all eight games for the Lizards, picking up 17 ground balls and serving only two penalty minutes. It marks the second consecutive year Karalunas has earned all-star status, where players are selected through a balloting process by MLL coaches and general managers.
At Villanova, Karalunas led the team to its second NCAA Championship bid in three years in 2009 and 2011 and became the program's first USILA first-team All-America and three-time all-american selection. Karalunas was also the recipient of the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and was a three-time USILA Scholar All-American. In 2011, Karalunas led the NCAA for the second straight year in caused turnovers per game (4.38), and graduated as Villanova's and the NCAA career leader in the category. He finished his career ninth all-time at Villanova with 213 ground balls and was named the 2011-12 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.