GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (Oct. 12, 2017) – The New York Lizards have made a significant trade that could put the team in prime position for a potential resurgence in the 2018 season. The Lizards have acquired face-off specialist Brendan Fowler from the Charlotte Hounds in exchange for midfielder Jake Richard and a second-round collegiate draft choice next year. The pick will be the 14 th overall selection in the 2018 college draft.
Charlotte selected Fowler, a Wantagh native and Chaminade High School lacrosse product that attended Duke University, with the 13
th overall pick of the 2014 Collegiate Draft. In his time with the Hounds, Fowler 583-of-1199 face-offs (48.6%) including a 48% clip last season (156-of-328) inside the circle. He also had his best offensive season in the MLL to date in 2017, scoring nine goals and totaling 13 points while finishing fourth in the league in total ground balls with 76. Fowler was a two-time MLL All-Star with the Hounds (2015 and 2016) as well as a two-time NCAA National Champion at X with Duke, winning 61% (816-of-1340) on face-offs with the Blue Devils.
Of the deal, Lizards Head Coach Joe Spallina said the following: “Getting Brendan Fowler is tremendous for us. With Greg (Gurenlian)’s retirement, it has been well documented about the potential void left behind. Brendan is one of the top guys in the sport. He is a relentless worker, a great teammate and someone whose game has grown considerably every year. He is a Long Island native and someone we feel keeps us directed toward our goal of getting the Steinfeld Cup back home.”
Richard was a two-year member of the Lizards in the midfield, scoring two goals in each season that he played in New York. His goals last season were both scored on the road, with one coming at Boston back on May 20 and the other being scored at Charlotte on Jul. 15. Richard also totaled 25 ground balls in his stint with the Lizards, scooping up 14 ground balls during the 2017 campaign.