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The New York Lizards, originally the Long Island Lizards, are a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) team based in Hempstead, New York, located on Long Island. They are original members of the MLL. They lost the league's inaugural game on June 7, 2001 to the Baltimore Bayhawks (now Chesapeake Bayhawks), 16–13.

New York Lizards
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SportLacrosse
Founded2001
LeagueMLL
Based inHempstead, New York
StadiumShuart Stadium
ColorsGreen, White, Black
              
OwnerMedallion Sports Group
ChairmanJeffrey Rudnick
Head coachBJ O'Hara
General managerJoe Spallina
Championships3 (2001, 2003, 2015)
Division titles3 (2001, 2002, 2003)
Local mediaNew York Newsday
FormerlyLong Island Lizards
2001–2012
Websitenylizards.com

HistoryEdit

In the MLL's inaugural season in 2001, the Long Island Lizards split their home games between Hofstra Stadium, now James M. Shuart Stadium, and EAB Park (now Bethpage Ballpark). For the 2002 season, they used Hofstra Stadium as their home field. As of 2003, the Lizards played all home contests at Mitchel Athletic Complex, in Uniondale, New York until 2008. The team will return to James M. Shuart Stadium for their home games in 2009.[1] The Lizards have won American Division championships in 2001, 2002, and 2003, and Major League Lacrosse titles in 2001, 2003 and 2015. The team made the playoffs in 2005 as a wildcard despite a losing record. The team's name and logo are based on the Italian wall lizard, a small reptile that was imported to Long Island (which has no native lizards) in the 1960s and which populate areas of the team's hometown of Hempstead in Nassau County. On December 14, 2012 the Lizards changed their name to the New York Lizards.[2]

Prior to the 2015 season, the Lizards made a trade with the Boston Cannons for Paul Rabil. In exchange for Paul Rabil and Mike Stone, the Cannons received Max Seibald, Brian Karalunas and three draft picks. In 2015, the Lizards won their third Steinfeld Cup by defeating the Rochester Rattlers 15-12.

RivalryEdit

Chesapeake Bayhawks

The Lizards' main rival is the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Between them they hold 8 of the 15 MLL league championships awarded through the 2015 season. The two teams have played in the championship game five times, with Chesapeake winning 3 of those 5.

Boston Cannons

The Lizards have found a new rival in the Boston Cannons after they traded their All Star Mid Fielder Paul Rabil to New York in January 2015. That season the Lizards faced the Cannons in the MLL semi-finals and the game resulted in a dramatic overtime victory for the Lizards(16-15). The tension of that game continued into the 2016 MLL season when the Cannons came to James M. Shuart Stadium, which resulted in another intense over-time victory for the Lizards(13-12).

General managersEdit

  • Joe Spallina is the former head coach and current general manager of the New York Lizards.

Coaching staffEdit

Current coaching staffEdit

  • Head coach – BJ O'Hara
  • Assistant coach – Ted Garber
  • Assistant coach – Mike Gongas

All-time head coachesEdit

# Name Term Regular season Playoffs
GC W L W% GC W L W%
1 John Detommaso 20012004 51 33 18 .647 6 5 1 .833
2 Jim Mule 20052011 84 37 47 .440 5 2 3 .400
3 Joe Spallina 20122018 98 54 44 .551 6 2 4 .333
4 B.J. O'Hara 2019 16 5 11 .313 - - - -

Current rosterEdit

2019 New York Lizards
Number Name Nationality Position Height Weight College
3 Rob Pannell   A 5 ft 10 in 195 lbs Cornell
4 Dylan Molloy   A 6 ft 1 in 220 lbs Brown
5 Nick Galasso   M 6 ft 0 in 185 lbs Syracuse
6 Mark Andrejack   FO 5 ft 7 in 175 lbs Adelphi
7 Brett Osman   D 6 ft 0 in 190 lbs Hofstra
8 PJ White   D 6 ft 3 in 195 lbs Limestone
9 Alex Zomerfeld   M 5 ft 9 in 180 lbs Bryant
11 Justin Reh   M 6 ft 1 in 185 lbs Albany
12 Brian Corrigan   G 5 ft 11 in 205 lbs Marist
13 Nick Spillane   M 5 ft 10 in 190 lbs Penn State
14 Austin Kaut   G 5 ft 10 in 200 lbs Penn State
15 Steven Romano   M 6 ft 2 in 200 lbs Hofstra
16 Nick Aponte   A 6 ft 0 in 190 lbs Penn State
17 Joey Sessa   M 5 ft 5 in 160 lbs Yale
18 Jack Tigh   M 5 ft 10 in 180 lbs Yale
20 Danny Dolan   G 6 ft 1 in 180 lbs Maryland
21 Kevin Crowley   M 6 ft 4 in 230 lbs Stony Brook
23 Greg Puskuldjian   FO 5 ft 11 in 205 lbs Adelphi
24 Dan Marino   G 5 ft 11 in 200 lbs Virginia
25 Noah Rak   FO 6 ft 1 in 203 lbs UMass
26 Scott Corcoran   LSM 6 ft 0 in 190 lbs Merrimack
27 Eric Monfort   D 6 ft 3 in 205 lbs Bucknell
28 Brian VonBargen   M 6 ft 3 in 225 lbs Hofstra
32 JD Recor   A 5 ft 7 in 165 lbs Marist
34 Mark Ellis   DM 5 ft 10 in 188 lbs Hofstra
42 Mark Matthews   A 6 ft 5 in 235 lbs Denver
43 Ryan Walsh   A 6 ft 4 in 235 lbs Colgate
44 John Daniggelis Jr.   M 6 ft 0 in 200 lbs Yale
63 Mike Begley   M 5 ft 11 in 185 lbs Marist
65 Mike Unterstein   DM 5 ft 11 in 195 lbs Hofstra
71 Peter Welch   D 6 ft 2 in 205 lbs Duke
72 Kevin McNally   M 6 ft 0 in 195 lbs Albany
77 Ben Randall   D 6 ft 3 in 210 lbs Ohio State
90 Jack Carrigan   D 6 ft 3 in 220 lbs Loyola
92 Alex Spring   D 5 ft 11 in 185 lbs Bucknell


MLL Award WinnersEdit