The New York Lizards are coming into the 2015 season with a lot of hope and potential. The Lizards made a number of moves in the off season to make them better and give them a great chance to dethrone the Denver Outlaws. The Lizards made moves to get Paul Rabil in a trade that sent Max Seibald and Brian Karalunas to the Boston Cannons. The Lizards also traded away a 2016 third round pick for Brian Spallina. Both players make the Lizards that much better, Rabil adds a midfield dodger that can score from anywhere and Spallina will anchor a defense that has been complacent at times in the past.
The Lizards finished last year in second place, tied with Denver, with a 9-5 record. They then went into the playoffs and finished as first and out team. Although they lost in the first round of the playoffs they did sport some good numbers last season. Numbers like a goals against of 166 on the year, which was second in the year.
The Great goals against numbers where very attributable to some great goaltending from starter Drew Adams, who will return to anchor the back end of the Lizards team. Adams is one of the best young goalies in the league and with the addition of Spallina, who is like a coach on the field, should definitely bring this defense that has names like Luke Dupery, Kyle Hartzell, Joe Fletcher, and Chris Coppolechia (who was picked up in the Supplemental Draft). With some very good defense in front of him Adams should be near the top of the stats lists for goalies this summer, plus Hartzell will pump in around 10 goalies once again this season.
The Lizards roster sports some great offensive names, guys like Rabil, Jerry Ragonese, JoJo Marasco, Tommy Palasek, Cody Jamieson, Matt Gibson, Ned Crotty, and Rhamel and Shamel Bratton. The Lizards have a surplus of very talented attack and midfielders that will be big parts through the season.
The Lizards have a good looking roster and adding the pieces that they did in the offseason they could definitely fight for the MLL Championship this summer. The Lizard’s full roster is below.
|14||Drew Adams||GOALIE||6′ 0″ (183 cm)||205 lbs.|
|71||John Austin||Midfield||6′ 3″ (191 cm)||205 lbs.|
|7||Sean Brady||GOALIE||6′ 0″ (183 cm)||195 lbs.|
|11||Shamel Bratton||Midfield||6′ 1″ (185 cm)||195 lbs.|
|33||Rhamel Bratton||Midfield||6′ 1″ (185 cm)||195 lbs.|
|Andrew Casimir||Defense||6′ 2″ (188 cm)|
|20||Chris Coppolecchia||Defense||6′ 0″ (183 cm)||210 lbs.|
|22||Ned Crotty||ATTACK||6′ 2″ (188 cm)||185 lbs.|
|70||Steve DeNapoli||Midfield||5′ 9″ (175 cm)||165 lbs.|
|19||Luke Duprey||Defense||6′ 5″ (196 cm)||210 lbs.|
|17||Joe Fletcher||Defense||6′ 2″ (188 cm)||185 lbs.|
|66||Matt Gibson||Attack||5′ 10″ (178 cm)||170 lbs.|
|32||Greg Gurenlian||Midfield||6′ 1″ (185 cm)||225 lbs.|
|81||Kyle Hartzell||Defense||6′ 2″ (188 cm)||180 lbs.|
|80||Steve Holmes||Defense||6′ 0″ (183 cm)||200 lbs.|
|88||Cody Jamieson||ATTACK||5′ 9″ (175 cm)||213 lbs.|
|Joe Lustgarten||ATTACK||5′ 10″ (178 cm)||160 lbs.|
|1||JoJo Marasco||Midfield||5′ 10″ (178 cm)||193 lbs.|
|84||Tommy Palasek||ATTACK||5′ 11″ (180 cm)||175 lbs.|
|3||Rob Pannell||Attack||5′ 10″ (178 cm)||195 lbs.|
|Chris Piccirilli||Defense||6′ 5″ (196 cm)||220 lbs.|
|7||Matt Poskay||Midfield||6′ 0″ (183 cm)||204 lbs.|
|99||Paul Rabil||Midfield||6′ 4″ (193 cm)||220 lbs.|
|37||Jerry Ragonese||Midfield||5′ 8″ (173 cm)||204 lbs.|
|92||Michael Skudin||Defense||6′ 2″ (188 cm)||205 lbs.|
|91||Brian Spallina||Defense||6′ 1″ (185 cm)||200 lbs.|
|Mike Stone||Midfield||5′ 11″ (180 cm)||175 lbs.|
|Shane Sturgis||Attack||5′ 9″ (175 cm)||166 lbs.|
|65||Mike Unterstein||Midfield||5′ 11″ (180 cm)||195 lbs.|
|36||Kevin Unterstein||Midfield||5′ 11″ (180 cm)||190 lbs.|
|Max Van Bourgondien||Midfield||6′ 1″ (185 cm)||195 lbs.|
|Andrew Wascavage||Goalie||5′ 9″ (175 cm)|