The New York Lizards are thirsty to drink from the Steinfeld Cup again. Paul Rabil, Rob Pannell, Will Manny and company are dodging, cradling and shooting their way towards another Major League Lacrosse championship. But first, they have these nine games to win.
The ‘Zards March to a 4th Lacrosse Championship
Atlanta Blaze June 2
After an early season loss to the Blaze, the New York Lizards are headed to Atlanta on June 2 for a rematch. Through the first five games of the 2018 season, Major League Lacrosse’s newest franchise have twice.
To extinguish the Blaze in Atlanta, the Lizards D will need to contain attackman Kevin Rice and midfielder Deemer Class, who are both among the league’s top scorers. New York will also need a big day from Rob Pannell, who contributed an impressive four goals and four assists in the first match.
Florida Launch June 9
On June 9, the Lizards will host the Florida Launch at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium. It will be the second of two 2018 meetings between these two squads. New York grounded the launch in a come-from-behind 14-13 victory on May 19.
Lizards defenders, like Matt Landis and Joe Fletcher, will match up against Florida’s well-balanced attack, which includes Dylan Molloy and Ryan Drenner. In order to beat Florida, the Lizards will also need a strong performance by their veteran stopper, Drew Adams.
Charlotte Hounds June 16
The first place Charlotte Hounds, who hold a 4-1 record, roll into town on June 16. In their only 2018 meeting, the Lizards will be aiming to gain ground on the competition in the hunt for the 2018 MLL Playoffs.
Boston Cannons June 23
The ‘Zards head to Beantown on June 23 to silence the Cannons. It is the first game of a home and away season series between these two legendary Major League Lacrosse franchises.
On June 23, New York will face-off against a Boston squad, which started off the 2018 season slow with only one win in its first six games. This game will also feature a rare opposing match-up between brothers, Rob and James Pannell.
Ohio Machine June 30
After winning the Major League Lacrosse Championship last year, the Ohio Machine continue to be one of the top teams in the league. New York is looking to bounce back after a 12-goal loss to the Machine in week two.
Will Manny, who scored four goals in the teams’ first meeting, will likely be a key player to watch. The Lizards D will also have their eyes on Marcus Holman, who scored a game-high 11 goals in the first contest.
Chesapeake Bayhawks July 7
The Bayhawks land in New York on July 7 for a game at Shuart Stadium. Chesapeake has gotten off to a 3-2 start this season.
Chesapeake are led this year by midfielder Myles Jones, who is one of the league’s leading point scorers. The Lizards’ midfielders, like Paul Rabil, Joe Walters and Steve DeNapoli, will be working hard to keep him and the rest of the Bayhawks at bay.
Boston July 19
The second game of this year’s Boston series is in New York. This pivotal two-game series is one of the factors that could determine whether the Lizards make the Major League Lacrosse championship this year.
Lizards attackman Ryan Walsh, who was recently acquired from Boston, will look to out-dodge the Cannons defenders in route to a New York victory.
Dallas July 29
The Lizards will head to Dallas to face the recently relocated Rattlers on July 29. Dallas currently holds a 4-2 record.
One of the keys to the game will be how Drew Adams and the rest of the ‘Zards D stops Dallas attackman Jordan Wolf, who has been scoring at will lately.
Chesapeake Aug 4
It’s only fitting that New York ends the 2018 season against one of their oldest rivals, the Chesapeake Bayhawks. This road game could make or break either team’s season, since only four teams make the playoffs.
The two semi-final games will be held on August 11 at a location to be determined. The Major League Lacrosse championship game will be held on August 18 at MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina.