New York Lizards
|Based in||Hempstead, New York|
|Colors||Green, White, Black
|Owner||Medallion Sports Group|
|General manager||Joe Spallina|
|Head coach||Joe Spallina|
|Local media||New York Newsday|
|Steinfeld Cups||3 (2001, 2003, 2015)|
|Division titles||3 (2001, 2002, 2003)|
|Formerly||Long Island Lizards
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.
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. 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.
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.
Investor Medallion Financial currently values the team at approximately $3.7 million, well in excess of the implied $1.4 million valuation when it was acquired in 2012. At the end of 2013, it was valued at as little as $604,000. Filings show it has never paid a dividend back to Medallion, suggesting it is not currently profitable.
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.
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).
- Joe Spallina is the head coach and general manager of the New York Lizards.
Current coaching staff
- Head coach – Joe Spallina
- Assistant coach – Keith Cromwell
- Assistant coach – Tommy Susko
- Assistant coach – Steve Duffy
All-time head coaches
|2017 New York Lizards|
|0||Joseph Catalanotti||M||5 ft 10 in||193 lbs||Adelphi|
|1||Joe Walters||A||6 ft 0 in||192 lbs||Maryland|
|3||Rob Pannell||A||5 ft 10 in||195 lbs||Cornell|
|4||Will Manny||A||5 ft 9 in||160 lbs||Massachusetts|
|5||Joe LoCascio||M||5 ft 9 in||195 lbs||Maryland|
|6||Zack Sikora||M||6 ft 4 in||175 lbs||Rutgers|
|7||Kyle Sweeney||D||6 ft 2 in||195 lbs||Georgetown|
|11||Chris Madalon||G||6 ft 3 in||210 lbs||North Carolina|
|12||Tyler German||M||6 ft 0 in||200 lbs||Virginia|
|14||Drew Adams||G||6 ft 0 in||205 lbs||Penn State|
|17||Joe Fletcher||D||6 ft 2 in||185 lbs||Loyola|
|21||Thomas Zenker||M||6 ft 3 in||215 lbs||Duke|
|22||Jojo Marasco||M||5 ft 10 in||193 lbs||Syracuse|
|23||Brett Queener||G||5 ft 10 in||180 lbs||Albany|
|24||Ryan Flanagan||D||6 ft 6 in||220 lbs||North Carolina|
|25||Scott Firman||D||5 ft 11 in||189 lbs||Syracuse|
|27||Jacob Richard||M||6 ft 0 in||180 lbs||Marquette|
|31||J.D. Recor||A||5 ft 7 in||160 lbs||Marist|
|32||Greg Gurenlian||FO||6 ft 1 in||225 lbs||Penn State|
|33||Austin Pifani||D||6 ft 2 in||215 lbs||North Carolina|
|36||Kevin Unterstein||M||5 ft 11 in||190 lbs||Hofstra|
|37||Jerry Ragonese||M||5 ft 8 in||204 lbs||RIT|
|42||Tripp Telesco||D||6 ft 2 in||217 lbs||Lehigh|
|43||Ryan Walsh||A||6 ft 4 in||235 lbs||Colgate|
|55||Jeff Reh||M||5 ft 11 in||190 lbs||Stony Brook|
|58||Jon Garino, Jr.||FO||5 ft 10 in||180 lbs||Maryland|
|66||Matt Gibson||A||5 ft 10 in||170 lbs||Yale|
|70||Steve DeNapoli||M||5 ft 9 in||165 lbs||Hofstra|
|71||Curtis Dickson||A||6 ft 2 in||200 lbs||Delaware|
|81||Kyle Hartzell||D||6 ft 2 in||180 lbs||Salisbury|
|84||Tommy Palasek||A||5 ft 11 in||175 lbs||Syracuse|
|90||Jack Carrigan||D||6 ft 3 in||205 lbs||Loyola|
|91||Brian Spallina||D||6 ft 1 in||200 lbs||Hofstra|
|99||Paul Rabil||M||6 ft 3 in||220 lbs||Johns Hopkins|
- updated 2017-06-30
MLL Award Winners
* August 17 game against Baltimore canceled due to rain
First Round Selections