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Lizards vs. Nationals Notes: 5/11

Here are some notes for those fans who are getting ready to watch the New York Lizards who will be on the road getting ready to take on the Hamilton Nationals in Major League Lacrosse action on Saturday.

Tommy Palasek continues to find the back of the cage for the Lizards. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/ 1495 Sports

Tommy Palasek continues to find the back of the cage for the Lizards. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/ 1495 Sports

Lizards Recap:

The Lizards were handed their first loss of the 2013 season when they took on the reigning MLL Champion Chesapeake Bayhawks on May 4, by a final score of 9-3.

New York proved to be a tough defensive team holding the Bayhawks to only nine goals, but minus their key offensive players they were unable to match the performance from Chesapeake’s Ben Rubeor.

Opening up the scoring for the Lizards was Stephen Berger, who found the back of the cage in the first minute of play.  New York also had goals from Justin Smith and Tommy Palasek.

The Lizards offense was held to only 38 shots on the night, after taking 49 in week one.  New York will really need to step-up in the man-up situation if they wish to continue to have success in the 2013 season.

Brian Langtry announces retirement:

A member of the league since its inception in 2001, Brian Langtry has decided to retire after playing his first game of 2013. Langtry joined the Lizards in 2011, and was a member of the 2012 MLL All-Star ‘Old School’ Team.

Welcome to New York:

Midfielders David Earl and Matt Gibson will rejoin the Lizards after having a great season with the Minnesota Swarm of the National Lacrosse League (NLL). Earl and Gibson were both members of the MLL All-Star Team and Gibson was named Cascade Rookie of the Year.

Matthews set to make Debut:

Attackman Mark Matthews is set to take the field with the Lizards this Saturday in Hamilton. Matthews played in nine games with the Outlaws last season, scoring 19 goals and adding nine assists.

Three Draftees set for NCAA Tournament:

JoJo Marasco and Syracuse received the first overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and will take on Bryant on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Steve Murphy and #2 Notre Dame will face Detroit on Sunday at 5 p.m., and Rob Pannell and Cornell with take on #6 Maryland at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Milestones to watch for:

Stephen Peyser is one two-point goal away from taking sole possession of the all-time leading two-point goal scorer in Lizards history.

Stephen Berger is 64 shots away from passing Tim Goettelmann on the all-time leading shots list.

Palasek continues to find the back of the cage:

Tommy Palasek has scored in every game of his professional career. Last week he was one of three players to score a goal against the defending champions Chesapeake.

The game between the Lizards and the Nationals will be broadcasted live on the MLL YouTube channel, YouTube.com/MLL at 7:00 p.m.

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