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, New York
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
New York 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. From the league's inception in 2001 through 2005, they were in the American Division. From 2006 to 2008, they were in Eastern Conference. Investor Medallion Financial currently values the team at approximately $3.7 million,[1] well in excess of the implied $1.4 million valuation when it was acquired in 2012.[2] At the end of 2013, it was valued at as little as $604,000.[3] Filings show it has never paid a dividend back to Medallion, suggesting it is not currently profitable.


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.[4] 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.[5]

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.


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 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
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 70 47 34 .671 5 2 3 .400

Current roster[edit]

2016 New York Lizards
Number Name Nationality Position Height Weight College
1 Jojo Marasco United States M 5 ft 10 in 193 lbs Syracuse
3 Rob Pannell United States A 5 ft 10 in 195 lbs Cornell
5 Chris LaPierre United States M 6 ft 3 in 210 lbs Virginia
7 Jake Tripucka United States M 6 ft 0 in 200 lbs Duke
14 Drew Adams United States G 6 ft 0 in 205 lbs Penn State
17 Joe Fletcher United States D 6 ft 2 in 185 lbs Loyola
27 Jacob Richard United States M 6 ft 0 in 180 lbs Marquette University
28 Dylan O'Shaughnessy United States D 6 ft 5 in 232 lbs Lehigh
30 Matt Poillon United States G 5 ft 10 in 185 lbs Lehigh
31 Dave Lawson United States M 6 ft 1 in 203 lbs Duke
32 Greg Gurenlian United States M 6 ft 1 in 225 lbs Penn State
36 Kevin Unterstein United States M 5 ft 11 in 190 lbs Hofstra
37 Jerry Ragonese United States M 5 ft 8 in 204 lbs RIT
43 Ryan Walsh United States A 6 ft 4 in 235 lbs Colgate
45 James Pannell United States A 5 ft 10 in 175 lbs Virginia
66 Matt Gibson United States A 5 ft 10 in 170 lbs Yale
70 Steve DeNapoli United States M 5 ft 9 in 165 lbs Hofstra
77 Andrew Hodgson United States M 5 ft 9 in 165 lbs Towson
80 Steve Holmes United States D 6 ft 0 in 200 lbs Virginia
81 Kyle Hartzell United States D 6 ft 2 in 180 lbs Salisbury
84 Tommy Palasek United States A 5 ft 11 in 175 lbs Syracuse
88 Cody Jamieson United States A 5 ft 9 in 213 lbs Syracuse
91 Brian Spallina United States D 6 ft 1 in 200 lbs Hofstra
92 Chris Piccirilli United States D 6 ft 5 in 220 lbs Villanova
99 Paul Rabil United States M 6 ft 3 in 220 lbs Johns Hopkins


  • updated 2016-05-21

MLL Award Winners[edit]