Drew Adams Historic Playoff Run Backbone of Lizards Title

August 23, 2015

The Lizards’ championship wasn’t because of one player. League MVP Greg Gurenlian made that clear in his postgame interview and said it was because New York had the best locker room. And arguably the most important cog in the Lizards’ machine outside of Gurenlian was goalie Drew Adams. Adams has been in the MLL since 2009 and he’s been one of the best goalies in the league most seasons. He…


Schwedelson: Lizards Won the Rabil Trade

August 13, 2015

You want to take a guess at who I think won the Paul Rabil trade? Let me think about this for a few minutes … I’ll go with the 2015 MLL champion New York Lizards. For the record, that was a joke. It’s an easy choice, at least as of now since the Lizards won the championship this year. LIZARDS RECEIVED: Paul Rabil (From Cannons) Mike Stone (From Cannons) CANNONS…


2015 MLL Season Recap: New York Lizards

August 11, 2015

After the Lizards beat the Rattlers on Saturday in the MLL Championship, Greg Gurenlian shared what made this Lizards team different. “When you go into a fourth quarter like that and you feel like if I don’t do my job, I’m going to let my brothers down, it changes everything,” Gurenlian said in a postgame interview. From the moment the Paul Rabil trade became official, New York was the league’s…


MLL Championship 2015: New York Lizards Keys to Victory

August 4, 2015

In just three days, the Lizards and Rattlers will battle not just to be known as New York’s superior team, but the entire MLL’s. The Lizards were the league’s best team in the regular season but New York barely squeaked by Boston in overtime last week to advance to the championship. In order to go from the regular season’s best team to MLL champions, the following three things must happen:…


MLL Defenders of the Year Candidates

August 3, 2015

The best defenders are the ones that don’t get recognized. Similar to an offensive lineman in football, if you do your job, it should be invisible because hopefully, they are shutting down the opposing attack. With hype for the MLL Championship expected to pick up later this week, let’s spend the down time looking at the league’s best least recognizable players. RYAN FLANAGAN – Charlotte Hounds Despite the disappointing season…


Lizards Head Into Playoffs With Heads High

July 30, 2015

Of course the Lizards and Cannons will meet in the first round of the MLL Playoffs. It’s as if it was meant to be. Paul Rabil, the sport’s biggest star, takes on his former team. And while the Lizards won both matchups in the regular season, those were both back in May. It’s August now and a trip to the championship is on the line. The stakes are higher and…


MLL 2015 Rookie of the Year Candidates

July 27, 2015

After the MLL Draft in January, it was expected that Lyle Thompson would have run away with this award. The No. 1 overall pick handily won the Tewaaraton, given to college lacrosse’s best player, and was widely viewed as a top five college player of all-time when he graduated from Albany in May. But in one of the wildest MLL seasons in years, stiff competition grew from his classmates in…


Spallina Won’t Rest Players Despite Lizards Clinch

July 16, 2015

With two games left in the regular season, the New York Lizards have already clinched the league’s best record heading into the playoffs. Regardless, head coach Joe Spallina said he won’t be resting fully healthy players. “The focal point of our group from day one has been about the finish line,” Spallina said on Wednesday during the MLL coaches’ conference call. “And we realize there are things that need to…


NCAA Tournament: Profiling the Eliminated

May 12, 2015

This past weekend, the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament field was trimmed from 16 down to eight. While the lacrosse community points to the teams still competing for a national championship, it’s also important to recognize the teams that were eliminated — the ones that didn’t even earn a shot to play for a final four berth and didn’t come close to the ultimate goal of a title. Even though their…


MLL Rookie Report: Play In Games Open

May 9, 2015

Kevin Rice, attack, Syracuse – Rochester Rattlers Without even playing a single MLL game, Kevin Rice has already been traded. About a week before being named a Tewaaraton Award finalist, the Florida Launch sent him packing. He was traded to Rochester with faceoff specialist Mike Poppleton and a 2016 supplemental sixth-round draft pick. All of that in exchange for Miles Thompson and a 2016 fourth-round pick. Rice will have the…