Blaze Riorden found out 10 minutes before warmups Sunday afternoon that he’d have an additional role during the inaugural PLL All-Star Game. With the late scratch of Miles Thompson, Team Rambo had only five attackmen, so the 25-year-old Chaos LC goalie volunteered for double duty. He procured arm pads plus a helmet without a throat guard from the equipment manager and borrowed Drew Snider’s backup stick.
Atlas LC defenseman Kyle Hartzell hadn’t suited up for a National Lacrosse League game since 2013 when Brodie Merrill texted him last month. The San Diego Seals captain — along with his brother, Patrick, who is the head coach and general manager — urged Hartzell to return to box lacrosse. A few days later, Hartzell was on the floor for the Seals matchup with the Toronto Rock.