No wins, one all-star

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:17 AM ET

Being named an all-star isn't taking the sting of the Edmonton Rush's poor start off Andrew Turner.

The Rush captain was the lone Edmonton player named to the West Division team for the National Lacrosse League All-Star Game which goes Feb. 25 in Toronto. But Turner, a defender who has three points and 34 loose balls so far this season, didn't feel he should have been the choice from the Rush. The all-star game's coaches and NLL executives choose the reserves with the starters selected by votes from team general managers, media and fans.

"It's nice to be chosen to go, but I think Pat Campbell or Jimmy Quinlan deserve to be there ahead of me," said Turner. "I've made a lot of mistakes, especially the last game taking some questionable penalties."

Campbell has notched 210 saves during the Rush's 0-6 start and had his best game of the year last Saturday when he managed 41 stops in the 13-11 loss to Toronto. Quinlan is the Rush's leading scorer with 22 points. Turner will make his third all-star game appearance, having won as part of the East Division squad the last two seasons.

Turner will be joined in the game by two former NLL Rookies of the Year - both of whom have ties to the local lacrosse community. Playing alongside Turner on the West team is Edmonton native and Calgary Roughnecks defender Taylor Wray.

Wray was the NLL's top first-year player in 2004 and has returned to form after missing the first five games of the 2005 season with a broken ankle.

"I definitely feel more comfortable," said Wray, who has 12 points and 44 loose balls this year. "Last year, I never really felt healthy.

"It's a nice compliment to be selected and it definitely gives my morale a boost."

Sherwood Park's Blaine Manning, the NLL's top rookie in 2002, will play in his third all-star game - this time in front of his own Toronto Rock fans. Manning stands fourth in the league with 38 points in eight games, including a 10-point effort in a win over Edmonton three weeks ago.

Manning noted that the NLL's All-Star Game is unlike other sports' mid-season clash in that both sides approach the contest with a great deal of pride and intensity.

"My first time in Colorado, Jay Jalbert went after me and John Tavares and Glen Clark then went after him. And last year it was a pretty spirited affair in Calgary," said Manning.

"It's one of the few games that people can see on national TV in the U.S. (on NBC) and the players want to show them what we're about. It's not a country club game. People in the lacrosse community are saying that the East is stronger this year and I'm sure the West will want to prove that they're no slouches."


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