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Lizards vs. Machine 5/18

Here are some notes for those fans who are getting ready to watch the New York Lizards (1-2) who will be on the road getting ready to take on the Ohio Machine (0-2) in Major League Lacrosse action on Saturday.

The New York Lizards Celebrating the first victory of the MLL season. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/ 1495 Sports

The New York Lizards Celebrating the first victory of the MLL season. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/ 1495 Sports

Lizards Recap:

Making an impact for New York were Mark Matthews, David Earl and Matt Gibson who all made their debut for the Lizards in the 12-11 loss to the Hamilton Nationals on 5/11.

Matthews recorded a hat trick combined with a goal from Earl and three assists from Gibson made an impactful debut for the trio for New York. Keeper Drew Adams had a stellar game in the cage for the Lizards, making 14 saves. Greg Gurenlian went 14-of-24 in the face-off x, and six different players all recorded a goal for New York.

The Beasts Leading the League:

With a .676 face-off percentage, Greg ‘The Beast’ Gurenlian leads the league in face-offs heading into week four. Gurenlian also ranks third in the league in ground balls with 19.

Palasek’s scoring streak snapped:

Tommy Palasek had his scoring streak broken last weekend in Hamilton, ending with goals in 12 straight games.  Palasek currently ranks ninth in the league in points, with six so far this season.

Welcome to the team Tundo:

2013 Draftee and Stony Brook midfielder Jeff Tundo will join the Lizards this week with the conclusion of his college career. In his senior season, Tundo scored 63 points on 36 goals and 27 assists.

Three Draftees still vying for NCAA Championship:

Rob Pannell, JoJo Marasco and Steve Murphy will all play in the NCAA quarterfinals this weekend. Pannell and Cornell will take on Ohio State on Saturday at 12:30, while Marasco and Syracuse will take on Yale also on Saturday with face-off scheduled for 3 p.m. Murphy and Notre Dame will face Duke on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

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 61 shots away from passing Tim Goettelmann on the all-time leading shots list.

More on Matthews and Gibson:

After playing in only one game so far in 2013, Mark Matthews is tied for 15th in points scored by an attackman with four points. Gibson is tied for twelfth with five points. The two are among only three players who rank in the top 25 after only playing one game.

The Lizards and Machine game is set to air on the MLL YouTube Channel with face-off scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

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