The New York Lizards (7-6) became the first team to beat the first-place Dallas Rattlers (10-3) at The Ford Center at The Star and moved into a three-way tie with Atlanta and Denver for third place in Major League Lacrosse's standings with a 13-12 comeback victory Sunday night. The Lizards head home to face second-place Chesapeake this coming Saturday, Aug. 4. A win assures New York a playoff berth.
Joel Tinney scored the game-winning goal with 9:23 left in the fourth quarter as both teams were held scoreless for the balance of the game. League-leading points scorer, Rob Pannell, had three goals and two assists to lead New York in the hard-fought battle. New York's defense clamped down on Dallas in the second half, allowing just two goals in the final 27 minutes of the game to snap the Rattlers eight-game win streak.
Dallas goalie John Galloway lost a regular season game for the first time since July 2, 2017. He had won 11 straight prior to tonight. Ty Thompson led the Rattlers attack with four goals, Ryan McNamara added a pair and Cody Radziewicz had a goal and two assists.
After falling behind 10-6 following a Matt Dunn goal for Dallas, New York scored seven of the last nine goals in the game to earn a very important victory. Pannell's second goal of the game cut the lead to 10-7 and Tinney dished to Jake Bernhardt who cut the Rattlers' lead to 10-8. After Jordan MacIntosh's goal put the Rattlers back up by three, Pannell scored on a one-handed shot before Kyle Hartzell scored his second goal of the night on a nifty pass from Will Manny to slice Dallas' lead to one. Kevin Unterstein tied the score just 1:02 into the final quarter and Paul Rabil gave New York its first lead of the game with 12:43 left in the final stanza. Thompson then scored his fourth goal of the night to tie the game at 12-12 before Tinney's heroics.
The Rattlers entertain the Florida Launch next Saturday as well, in a game with no bearing on playoff position. The Rattlers will host the fourth-place finisher in the standings, Saturday, Aug. 11.