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Notes: New York Lizards v Rochester Rattlers for May 9

Here are some notes as the New York Lizards (1-1) continue their three-game road trip with a visit to the Rochester Rattlers (1-1) in Major League Lacrosse action on May 9.

New York Lizards Helmet. Photo by: Stacy Podelski /1495 Sports

New York Lizards Helmet. Photo by: Stacy Podelski /1495 Sports

Pannell ranks second in League in goals:

Two weeks into the regular season Rob Pannell ranks second in the League in goals with eight. Rob Pannell is behind Boston’s Kyle Buchanan with nine goals. Pannell is also tied for the most shots in the League with 20.

Striebel, Crotty, DeNapoli to play former teammates:

Matt Striebel, Ned Crotty, and Steve DeNapoli who were acquired from Rochester through trades in the off season will face their former teammates in Rochester for the first time when the Lizards take on the Rattlers.

Lizards look to sweep Rattlers in season-opening rematch:

After being swept by the Rattlers the past two seasons, the Lizards have finally broken Rochester’s winning streak and look to sweep the Rattlers for the first time since 2011 and for the fifth time ever.

Gurenlian averaging one goal per game:

Face-off specialist Greg “Beast” Gurenlian, who scored three goals throughout the 2013 season, has already scored two goals in 2014.

Draftee Joe Fletcher and Loyola receive #1 seed in NCAA Tournament:

With NCAA Tournament brackets officially released, the Lizard’s third overall draft pick Joe Fletcher and the Loyola Greyhounds will take on the Thompson trio and Albany Great Danes this Saturday at noon.

Draftee NCAA Tournament schedule:

Joe Fletcher (Loyola) #1 seed vs. Albany – 5/10 @ 12 PM Brandon Mangan (Bryant) vs. Siena – 5/7 @ 4 PM*

* The winner of the Bryant/Siena game will take on #2 seed Syracuse

5/11 at 7:30 PM

Luke Dupree (Duke) #1 seed vs. Air Force/Richmond – 5/11 @ 5:15 PM*

*Luke Dupree suffered season-ending injury earlier in the season and will not play in the NCAA Tournament

Holmes to two-game IR:

After suffering a calf strain in Saturday’s game against the Chesapeake Bayhawks, Lizards defenseman Steve Holmes had been placed on two-game injured reserve.

Lizards trade CJ Costable to Bayhawks:

The Lizards have traded defenseman CJ Costabile to the Chesapeake Bayhawks in exchange for a 2015 second round collegiate draft pick.

The Lizards v Rochester game is set to air on the CBS Sports Network, with the face-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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