New York Lizards

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New York Lizards
New York Lizards logo.png
Team logo
League MLL
Founded 2001
Home stadium Shuart Stadium
Based in Hempstead, NY
Colors Green, white, black
              
Head coach Joe Spallina
General manager Joe Spallina
Local media New York Newsday
Steinfeld Cups 3 (2001, 2003, 2015)
Division Championships 3 (2001, 2002, 2003)
Formerly Long Island Lizards
2001–2012
New York Lizards
2013–present
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 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]

Rivalry[edit]

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.

General managers[edit]

  • Joe Spallina

Coaching staff[edit]

Current coaching staff[edit]

  • Head Coach – Joe Spallina
  • Assistant Coach – Keith Cromwell
  • Assistant Coach – Tommy Susko
  • Assistant Coach – Steve Duffy

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 56 31 25 .554 2 0 2 .000

Current roster[edit]

2015 New York Lizards
Number Name Position Height Weight College
1 Jojo Marasco Midfield 5-10 193 lbs Syracuse University
3 Rob Pannell Attack 5-10 195 lbs Cornell
7 Sean Brady Midfield 6-0 195 lbs Stony Brook University
14 Drew Adams Goalie 6-0 205 lbs Penn State
22 Tommy Palasek Attack 5-10 165 lbs Syracuse
32 Greg Gurenlian Midfield/Face-Off 6-1 225 lbs Penn State
65 Mike Unterstein Midfield 5-11 195 lbs Hofstra
66 Matt Gibson Attack 5-10 170 lbs Yale
81 Kyle Hartzell LSM/Defense 6-2 180 lbs Salisbury
86 Kevin Unterstein Midfield 5-11 190 lbs Hofstra
92 Michael Skudin Defense 6-2 205 lbs Hofstra
99 Paul Rabil Midfield 6-3 220 lbs Johns Hopkins


  • updated 2013-05-25

MLL Award Winners[edit]