Fan shockingly sets record with 116 mph shot at MLL All-Star Game
Illinois man tops Mike Sawyer's mark of 114 mph from last year's event
At last night's Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game, the most impressive shot didn't come from former Maryland player Jeremy Sieverts or former Terp Brett Schmidt -- or any of the sport's other luminaries at Harvard Stadium.
It came from a fan. Showing a powerful, precise windup and release, Zak Dorn, of Cary, Ill., won the Fastest Shot Competition with a stunning 116 mph howitzer that broke former Loyola Maryland player Mike Sawyer's world record of 114 mph from last year's event. Dorn's shot, which came seconds after a 114 mph laser that beat all four of the night's Team MLL entrants, earned him a $1,000 check from MLL commissioner David Gross.
The shot also gave Dorn the No. 8 spot on last night's "SportsCenter Top 10."
"I can't really describe it at all," Dorn said in an interview with CBS Sports Network moments after the competition. "It's amazing. It's a dream."
Here's another angle of the historic shot:
Showing the expanding reach of the game, Dorn said he works at a lacrosse store in Chicago. "Lucky enough to have a shooting cage in the store, with a radar gun. Just been practicing."
Asked whether Thursday night's winner was the hardest shot he'd ever recorded, or whether he has gone faster, Dorn grinned. "Faster," he said.
Now, Dorn isn't just any fan. According to a story on the MLL website, Dorn played high school lacrosse in Cary and currently plays indoor club lacrosse in his home state. He won a pregame Warrior Rabil Challenge in the MLL Fanzone to qualify for Thursday's competition.
Ohio Machine attackman Logan Schuss won the Accuracy Contest, the other event in the skills competition. Team USA won the game itself, 10-9 on a goal by Rob Pannell with seven seconds left.
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