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Lizards acquire Hartzell, trade two draft picks

After a series of trades with the Chesapeake Bayhawks and Ohio Machine, the New York Lizards have acquired all-star defenseman Kyle Hartzell from Ohio. The Lizards first traded the Chesapeake Bayhawks the second and 28th overall picks (1st and 4throunds) in this today’s Supplemental Draft in exchange for midfielders Matt Dolente and Kevin Cooper. The Lizards then sent Cooper and Dolente to the Ohio Machine along with a second round college pick to receive Hartzell.

Since entering the League in 2007 when he was drafted by the San Francisco Dragons, Hartzell has scored 21 goals, 11 2-point goals and added six assists for 38 points. In 2012 Hartzell set the record for the most points scored by a defenseman in a season, scoring 21 points. He is a three-time MLL All-Star, appearing in the past three all-star games. At the 2011 All-Star Game, he set the record for the fastest shot, shooting 111 miles per hour. After winning the MLL Championship with the Chesapeake Bayhawks in 2010, Hartzell was named MVP of Championship Weekend. He is the only defenseman in the history of the League to receive the award.

Hartzell is a graduate of Division III Salisbury University, where he helped lead the Sea Gulls to two NCAA Division III championships. While at Salisbury, he was named first and third team All-American and All-League, and in 2007, was named the team’s Most Valuable Defenseman. Hartzell also played two years at Community College Baltimore County – Essex (2004 and 2005), where he won a pair of NJCAA Championships.

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