Professional sports are not a popularity contest, but in this case being on top of the popular vote came in handy.
James Fahey garnered enough votes from Major League Lacrosse's fans to earn his first career all-star nod for the Boston Cannons, the league announced on Tuesday.
The 2010 Salem News Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year out of St. John's Prep, Fahey is in the midst of his fourth professional season as a long stick middie and defenseman. He's helped Boston win four of its first five games this summer and had a 2-point goal in last weekend's win in Dallas.
A total of 42 players were picked as all-stars and they'll be divided into two teams by captains in a draft style next week. The all-star game will be played on July 27 at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Maryland and will be broadcast on ESPN2.
Fahey was one of eight Cannons selected along with attacker Mark Cockerton, fellow defensemen Jason Pugal and Ryland Rees, faceoff man Kevin Reisman, middies Kyle Denhoff and Zach Goodric and goalie Nick Marrocco.
Boston's next two games are on the road with the next home bout being July 20 in Quincy against Atlanta.