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PREVIEW: New York at Chesapeake

March 18, 2016
New York Lizards at Chesapeake Bayhawks

Saturday, May 3 – 7:00 p.m. (EST) – Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium


Syndicated: Prime Ticket, FS Midwest

Game: ChesapeakeNew York

After rough opening weekends for both teams, the Chesapeake Bayhawks look to battle back in their home opener, exhibiting their championship caliber character over the New York Lizards, who came away with a win in a high scoring game last weekend against the Rochester Rattlers.

Last Time Out:

New York: The Lizards might have won their first of the season, but only marginally, defeating the Rochester Rattlers 18-15. Rob Pannell made a big impact for the team offensively, netting a game-high six goals. Although their game wasn’t consistent, the Lizards performed when needed, crashing out of the gate in the second half scoring seven consecutive goals.

Chesapeake: The Bayhawks were given a rude awakening back into the MLL season last Sunday, falling to the Boston Cannons 15-9.  Goaltender Kip Turner left the game in the second quarter with an undisclosed injury. The Bayhawks were unable to enter into the double-digits in point racking, despite good offensive effort from newly acquired Brendan Mundorf, who scored two even strength goals, a power play goal, and assisted three others.

Three Storylines:

Bayhawks Bounce Back?: the Bayhawks must come crashing out of the gate and play with intensity and consistency for the entirety of the game if they want to get their first win of the season. In their last matchup against Boston, they were shut out in the first quarter, kept pace with their rivals almost goal-for-goal in the second, but then were nearly shut out again in the third, only to come back in the fourth to fire four unanswered back-netters to close out the game. On their road to Championship Weekend last season, the Bayhawks never lost more than two consecutive games. Will they put themselves in a position to challenge that impressive statistic this weekend against the Lizards? In order to obviate the situation in its entirety, they must play intense, consistent lacrosse.

Brotherly Love: What’s worse than loosing a game? Loosing it to your brother. New York Lizards Head Coach Joe Spallina and Chesapeake Bayhawks defenseman Brian Spallina know a thing or two about sibling rivalry. Joe Spallina began his career in team management for the Lizards as an assistant coach in 2010, and then took over the team as head coach in 2012; 2012 was the same year Brian Spallina began playing for the Bayhawks. The Bayhawks have been fortunate enough to have earned wins the past four times the siblings have met in the two seasons prior to this one, with victorious margins in 2012 such as 13-11 and 13-6, and 9-3 and 21-8 in 2013. Only time will tell if Joe can outcoach his brother’s team this season, starting with the Saturday night game.

Lizards Look to Keep Spring in Step: The Lizards played a strong game against the Rochester Rattlers last weekend, but just barely strong enough. They took a slim lead early on, but were unable to really solidify their offensive dominance until the second half. The Lizards drove their victory home in the third quarter, scoring seven consecutive goals and ending the game on a good note. If they can keep their energy levels high, their intensity up and not hang back in the beginning, the Lizards can continue to thrive and offensively challenge the Bayhawks.

Players to Watch:

New York: Rob Pannell was awarded the Player of the Game award with six goals to start the season, currently sitting pretty with second in goals in the League behind Boston Cannon’s Kevin Buchanan. Drew Adams, a member of the Team USA roster set to compete in the Lacrosse World Championships this summer in Denver, Colo. got the win in net, saving 15 out of 28 shots on net.

Chesapeake: Brendan Mundorf proved to be a good offensive asset to the team, scoring two even strength goals, a power play goal and assisting three others. Matt Mackrides was second on the team in scoring with two goals from six shots on net. Who will start in net is unclear as of yet, as Kip Turner left the game early with an undisclosed injury. If backing goaltender Tyler Fiorito is called upon to start, however, Head Coach Dave Cottle is confident in his net-minding abilities, as confirmed in the Coaches Call.

Statistical Leaders:

New York: Rob Pannell is currently second on the League leaderboard in goals with six.

Chesapeake: Brian Spallina leads the League in penalty minutes thus far in the season with two.

2013 Season Series:

The New York Lizards and the Chesapeake Bayhawks met twice last season, the Bayhawks taking both games. The first matchup was a record low scoring game in Annapolis that the Bayhawks won 9-3. The second, in New York, was won by a large margin of 21-8.

Fun Facts:

  • The Lizards have never won a game against the Bayhawks since Brian Spallina’s brother, Joe, has been their head coach.
  • The last time the Chesapeake Bayhawks hosted the New York Lizards (then the Long Island Lizards) was during their home opener last season, which they won 9-3.
  • Ever since the Chesapeake Bayhawks have been the Chesapeake Bayhawks they have won their home opener.
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