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Lizards v Cannons Notes 6/21/13

Here are some notes for those fans who will watch the New York Lizards (3-4) who are starting a four game road trip against the Boston Cannons (2-5) on Friday, June 21.

The Lizards celebrating. Photo by: Stacy Podelski 1495 Sports

The Lizards celebrating. Photo by: Stacy Podelski 1495 Sports

Lizards look to extend win-streak over Boston:

New York currently holds a four game winning-streak over Boston, which dates back to the 2011 season. In the earlier meeting between these two Major League Lacrosse (MLL) rivals the Lizards defeated the Cannons by the score of 14-11.

Hofstra Grad scores his first career goal:

Mike Skudin, who is a graduate of Hofstra University, scored his first career goal last week in the Lizards’ 12-10 victory over Hamilton. Skudin, who is in his second season with the Lizards, was able to record two goals during his college career at Hofstra.

Gurenlian named Warrior Defensive Player of the Week:

Major League Lacrosse, which is now entering into Week seven, named Greg Gurenlian the Warrior Defensive Player of the Week. This is the second time ‘The Beast’ has earned this honor, as the face-off master also was tabbed during week one.

Gurenlian showed why he is called ‘The Beast’ with a mighty performance in the x and in the pouring rain against the Hamilton Nationals recording 17 face-off victories. Gurenlian currently leads the league with a .650 win percentage for the season.

Lizards Milestones to Watch for:

Greg Gurenlian is less than 100 ground balls away from becoming the Lizards all-time ground ball leader. He is also 118 face-off victories away from becoming the leader for career face-off victories in the MLL. Peter Vlahakis currently leads the category with 1053.

Thomas Keith now on the active roster:

Thomas Keith, who is a graduate of Cornell University, will make his first appearance on the Lizards active roster this weekend.

Drew Adams leads MLL goalies:

Drew Adams leads the league in saves with 105 and minutes played with 418:10, nearly 50 more than any other keeper in the league.

Palasek named MVP for the second time:

Tommy Palasek, who had a four-goal performance against the Hamilton Nationals on Thursday, was named MVP of the game for the second time this season. He was first named MVP in the season opener against Boston.  Palasek currently leads the team in scoring with 17 points so far this season.

Lizards hit the road for four games:

New York will now take to the road for the next four games, before returning back to Hofstra University on July 27 against the Rochester Rattlers. After Boston, the team will travel to Rochester, Denver and Charlotte.

MLL Standings:

As of June 20 the Major League Lacrosse standings finds the New York Lizards sitting in a three-way tie for the fifth spot. With only four teams going to the MLL Playoffs the guys will look to start making up some ground with these next few games.

Teams ahead of the Lizards in the standings are Denver (7-0), Hamilton (5-2), and Chesapeake (4-3). New York holds the same record as Charlotte and Rochester so the team will have to make every game count if they wish to punch a ticket to the playoffs.

For fans wishing to check out the game between the Lizards and the Cannons can do so on the MSG Plus and ESPN 3 channels, with the face-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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