New York Lizards

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New York Lizards
New York Lizards logo.png
Founded 2001
History Long Island Lizards
2001–2012
New York Lizards
2013–present
Home Stadium Shuart Stadium
(5 Games in 2013)
Icahn Stadium
(2 Games in 2013)
City Hempstead, NY
Randall's Island, NY
Colors Green, white, black
              
Local Media New York Newsday
General Manager Casey Hilpert
Head Coach Joe Spallina
Steinfeld Cups 2 (2001, 2003)
Division Championships 3 (2001, 2002, 2003)
Website www.nylizards.com

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 and lost in the league's inaugural game on June 7, 2001 to the Baltimore Bayhawks (now Chesapeake Bayhawks), 16–13. From the league's inception in 2001 through 2005, they were in the American Division. From 2006 to 2008, they were in the Eastern Conference.

History[edit]

In the MLL's inaugural season in 2001, the 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 and 2003. 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 home town of Hempstead.

On December 14, 2012 the Lizards changed their name to the New York Lizards.[2]

Rivalry[edit]

The Lizards' main rival is the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Between them they hold 7 of the 13 MLL league championships awarded through the 2013 season. The two teams have played in the championship game five times, with Chesapeake winning 3 of those 5.

General managers[edit]

  • Casey Hilpert

Coaching staff[edit]

Current coaching staff[edit]

  • Head Coach – Joe Spallina
  • Assistant Coach – Keith Cromwell
  • Assistant Coach – Tommy Susko
  • Assistant Coach – Matt Madalon

All-time head coaches[edit]

# 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 2012 42 21 21 .500 2 0 2 .000

Current roster[edit]

2013 New York Lizards
Number Name Position Height Weight College
0 Albert Maione Midfield 6-1 205 lbs Molloy
3 Rob Pannell Attack 5-10 195 lbs Cornell
4 Dan Cocchi Midfield 5-11 195 lbs Towson
7 Justin Smith Midfield 5-10 165 lbs Salisbury
8 Joe Yevoli Attack 6-0 175 lbs Syracuse
11 Grant Catalino Attack 6-5 225 lbs Maryland
12 Tom Burke Midfield 6-1 185 lbs Cortland
13 Stephen Berger Midfield 5-10 160 lbs Washington (MD)
14 Drew Adams Goalie 6-0 205 lbs Penn State
17 Vito DeMola Attack 5-9 175 lbs Dowling
18 Stephen Peyser Midfield 6-2 220 lbs Johns Hopkins
20 Matt Cannone Attack 5-9 185 lbs Salisbury
21 Tim Henderson Defense 6-3 205 lbs Army
22 Tommy Palasek Attack 5-10 165 lbs Syracuse
23 Mike Ward Midfield 6-0 195 lbs Duke
24 Steven Waldeck Defense 6-0 210 lbs Stony Brook
25 Brian Karalunas Defense 6-0 185 lbs Villanova
26 Doug Shanahan Midfield 6-2 220 lbs Hofstra
28 David Hild Midfield 6-4 215 lbs Middlebury
31 Matt Bernier Defense 6-2 195 lbs Penn State
32 Greg Gurenlian Midfield/Face-Off 6-1 225 lbs Penn State
33 David Earl Midfield 6-1 185 lbs Notre Dame
42 Max Seibald Midfield 6-1 215 lbs Cornell
43 Jack Reid Defense 6-3 230 lbs UMass
52 Joe Marra Goalie 6-2 230 lbs Fairfield
65 Mike Unterstein Midfield 5-11 195 lbs Hofstra
66 Matt Gibson Attack 5-10 170 lbs Yale
72 Mark Matthews Attack 6-5 230 lbs Denver
83 Athan Iannucci Attack 6-4 200 lbs Hofstra
86 Kevin Unterstein Midfield 5-11 190 lbs Hofstra
92 Michael Skudin Defense 6-2 205 lbs Hofstra
96 CJ Costabile Defense 6-1 195 lbs Duke


  • updated 2013-05-25

MLL Award Winners[edit]