The New York Lizards (7-0) are getting ready to play host to the Florida Launch (1-6) in Major League Lacrosse action on Friday, June 5 at 7:30 pm at Shuart Stadium on the Campus of Hofstra University.
New York looks to remain at the top of the MLL standings with a victory over Florida. After splitting two games (winning one while losing the other) against the Launch in 2014, the Lizards are looking to change the result while also battling what will be a very hungry team.
During Week 7 the Lizards had a 21-16 victory over the Charlotte Hounds, the 21 points for New York was the most so far for the team thus far this season.
After a seven point performance (five goals and two assists) Rob Pannell earned Coca-Cola Player of the Game Award.
The Beast Greg Gurenlian continues to impress in the face-off x, earning the FOAthlete of the Week for the fifth time this season. Gurenlian had a 71% face-off percentage against the Hounds, winning 25 out of 30 faceoffs while also picking up 18 ground balls.
Paul Rabil had a six point game (four goals and two assists). Tommy Palasek added five goals.
Rookie Ryan Walsh made an impact for New York by recording a hat trick in his first MLL game.
What to Look Out For
The Quest to 100 Wins
After a strong win against the Charlotte Hounds, the New York Lizards hold 98 regular season wins throughout their 15-year history. The Lizards only need two more wins to break their 100-win milestone.
Paul Rabil broke his 200th career goal in the game against the Boston Cannons. Recently, Rabil also passed his 150 assists milestone. Rabil has achieved 394 career goals. He stands 6 points shy of the 400-point milestone. These statistics include all career games including playoffs.
Lizards Player Cards
The First 1,000 fans in attendance to the Lizards v. Launch game on Friday, June 5th will receive exclusive Lizard Player Cards. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. at James M. Shuart Stadium.
Fans can catch all the action between New York and Florida on ESPN3 & MSG+
Up next for New York will be a game against the Charlotte Hounds on June 20th at home. Come out to James M. Shuart Stadium for a 7 P.M. game. The team will wear special edition “pink” jerseys that will be autographed and auctioned off to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
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