New York Lizards
|Based in||Hempstead, New York|
|Colors||Green, White, Black|
|Owner||Medallion Sports Group|
|Head coach||BJ O'Hara|
|General manager||Joe Spallina|
|Championships||3 (2001, 2003, 2015)|
|Division titles||3 (2001, 2002, 2003)|
|Local media||New York Newsday|
|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. They lost 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. That season, the Lizards won their third Steinfeld Cup and first in 12 years by defeating their instate rival Rochester Rattlers 15–12. The Lizards won the game at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia before a Steinfeld Cup-record 8,674 fans.
Prior to the 2019 season, Rabil and his brother Michael formed the Premier Lacrosse League, which would compete directly with Major League Lacrosse. With the launch of the PLL, 140 players from Major League Lacrosse migrated to the upstart league. In the Lizards' first season after the pro lacrosse landscape changed vastly, they lost a franchise worst 11 games in 2019, and posted their second-worst winning percentage (.313). After two MLL teams and one went on a hiatus (Charlotte), New York finished last out of six teams that season. After Rob Pannell finished out his contract that season, he too bolted for the PLL. So in 2020, a season shorted and compacted into a week-long, quarantined tournament thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lizards joined the 2006 Chicago Machine as the only two teams in league history to post a winless season; albeit the 2020 Lizards' 0–5 record was not as bad as the Machine's 0–12 season. Additionally, the Lizards led in all five games and only finished with a -8 goal differential (-11 score differential).
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 former head coach and current general manager of the New York Lizards.
Current coaching staff
- Head coach – BJ O'Hara
- Assistant coach – Ted Garber
- Assistant coach – Mike Gongas
All-time head coaches
|2020 New York Lizards|
|1||Sean O'Brien||M||5 ft 10 in||180 lbs||Bucknell|
|4||Dylan Molloy (C)||A||6 ft 1 in||220 lbs||Brown|
|5||Nicky Galasso||M||6 ft 0 in||185 lbs||Syracuse|
|6||Mark Andrejack||FO||5 ft 7 in||175 lbs||Adelphi|
|7||Andrew Pettit||A||5 ft 11 in||195 lbs||Lehigh|
|11||Justin Reh||M||6 ft 1 in||185 lbs||Albany|
|12||Brian Corrigan||G||5 ft 11 in||205 lbs||Marist|
|14||Austin Kaut (C)||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||Thomas O'Connell||SSDM||6 ft 2 in||195 lbs||Maryland|
|18||Mike Mayer||D||6 ft 5 in||215 lbs||Georgetown|
|19||Bobby Duvnjak||D||6 ft 3 in||205 lbs||Harvard|
|20||Danny Dolan||G||6 ft 1 in||180 lbs||Maryland|
|22||Brendan Kearns||A||6 ft 1 in||195 lbs||Providence|
|23||Ian Kirby||A||6 ft 1 in||170 lbs||Adelphi|
|31||Andrew Bracy||FO||5 ft 11 in||196 lbs||Norwich|
|34||Mark Ellis||SSDM||5 ft 10 in||188 lbs||Hofstra|
|39||Tommy Wright||D||6 ft 0 in||190 lbs||Penn State|
|42||Colin Burke||M||6 ft 0 in||175 lbs||Utah|
|44||Decker Curran||M||6 ft 3 in||200 lbs||Michigan|
|71||Peter Welch||D||6 ft 2 in||205 lbs||Duke|
|77||Ben Randall||D||6 ft 3 in||210 lbs||Ohio State|
|88||Connor O'Hara||A||6 ft 0 in||175 lbs||Bucknell|
|90||Jack Carrigan||D||6 ft 3 in||220 lbs||Loyola|
|92||Alex Spring (C)||D||5 ft 11 in||185 lbs||Bucknell|
- As of 21 May 2020[update]
MLL Award Winners
* August 17 game against Baltimore canceled due to rain
MLL Collegiate Draft history
First Round Selections