By Jordan Borrosh | 7/26/14 9:00 AM
Chesapeake Bayhawks at New York Lizards
Sunday, July 27 – 3:00 p.m. (ET) – LaValle Stadium, Stony Brook, NY
WATCH: CBS Sports Network
The New York Lizards (7-4) are looking to clinch their place in the playoffs while the Chesapeake Bayhawks (3-8) are looking to keep their chances for post season play alive.
Last time out:
Chesapeake: The Bayhawks suffered a tough three goal loss to the Rochester Rattlers (8-3) who are currently tied for first with the Denver Outlaws (8-3). Joe Walters led the team with four points on the night (2G 2A) while Drew Westervelt contributed three goals. Stephen Robarge was 10 for 21 on faceoff attempts and Jeff Reynolds had six ground balls on the night. Tyler Fiorito had 12 saves in net for the Bayhawks with an impressive fourth quarter effort with five saves. Chesapeake was held scoreless in the second and fourth quarters of the game but notched six of their seven goals in the third quarter. Chesapeake was missing many key players due to the World Games.
New York: The Lizards had an impressive overtime win against the Boston Cannons (5-6) this past weekend. Tommy Palasek led the team with four goals and one assist while Steve DeNapoli (1G 2A), Michael Kimmel (1G 1-2pt), and Jo-Jo Marasco (3G) each contributed three points. Jerry Ragonese filled in for a missing Greg Gurenlian (World Games) and was 17 for 32 on faceoffs while Joe Fletcher had seven ground balls. Sean Brady replaced Drew Adams who was also competing at the World Games. Brady had 13 saves on 28 shots.
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Record Game: Greg Gurenlian is 33 faceoff attempts away from his 2100st attempt and 31 faceoff wins away from his 1200th win. Brendan Mundorf is four goals away from his 250th career goal and six assists away from 130 career assists. Joe Walters is two assists away from 140 career assists.
World Champions: Chesapeake’s Kevin Crowley, Jason Noble, David Earl, and Kyle Rubisch are coming off a high with Team Canada after winning the FIL World Championship game against Team USA last week 8-5.
Players to Watch:
Chesapeake: Coming off a huge win with Team Canada, Kevin Crowley is riding high, especially since he had five of the eight goals in the victory over Team USA. When Crowley is on his game, it’s hard to keep an eye on him and he’s quick to find an open pass and even more quick to bury that pass in the back of the net.
New York: Rob Pannell is coming off an impressive performance at the 20114 FIL World Lacrosse Championship Games where her was on almost every scoring stat list. Pannell has become a vital part of the Lizards offense and is a threat in the scoring sense as well as feeding.
Chesapeake: Joe Walters leads the team in points (28) and assists (17). Brendan Mundorf leads the team with goals (17). Brian Megill leads in groundballs with 30 but Jesse Bernhardt (28), Matt Abbott (27), and Nicky Polanco (26) trail close behind him. Stephen Robarge is 66 for 146 faceoff attempts. Kip Turner has a 11.65 goals against average with a .552 save rate while Tyler Fiorito has an 11.83 GAA and a .515 save rate on 103 shots faced.
New York: Rob Pannell leads the team in points (43), goals (27), and assists (16). Following Pannell, is Tommy Palasek with 22 goals. Greg Gurenlian leads the Lizards in ground balls with 77 while Kyle Hartzell has 39. Gurenlian is also 154 for 253 on faceoff attempts putting him first in the league with a .609 win percentage. Drew Adams has a 12.03 goals against average in net for New York and a save rate of .513.
2013 Season Series:
Chesapeake won both games in the 2013 season against New York
Chesapeake: In the first game of the 2013 series, Chesapeake held New York to the lowest amount of goals in league history at three.
New York: Rob Pannell was the only member of Team USA to be on the Goals Per Game, Assists Per Game, Points Per Game, and Game-Winning Goals stats sheet.
Don’t forget to wear your New York swag to the game! Support the Lizards with this sweet shirt. This shirt is one of many options you can find at the game tomorrow or if you want to come prepared you can order it online now! It is available in adult and youth sizes. If you can’t make it to the game but still want to support your team, just buy this sweet sweatshirt at the MLL Shop.
Need to know where to watch if you can’t make it to the game? Tune into CBS Sports Network on Sunday at 3:00 pm (ET) to watch the Bayhawks take on the Lizards at Stuart Stadium in New York!