Uniondale, NY (April 12, 2015) - Let's call it a Matt attack! Matt Poskay and Matt Gibson combined for eight goals in the New York Lizards 14-8 victory over the Ohio Machine in their season opener on Sunday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, New York.
Poskay, a former All-American from the University of Virginia, scored twice in the opening half, including a key goal off a feed from Ned Crotty with 40 seconds left in the first quarter.
Gibson, a former standout attackman from Yale and 2012 MLL Cascade Rookie of the Year, also scored twice before the half, but it was his goal with 13:08 to go in the fourth that sealed the victory for New York.
His goal gave the Lizards a 12-8 lead, and they never looked back.
While Poskay and Gibson netted more than half of New York's goals, a trio of Lizards also contributed to the team's high-powered offense.
JoJo Marasco had two goals, Crotty notched four assists and seven-time MLL All-Star Paul Rabil chipped in with a goal for the Lizards.
Rabil's goal -- his first in a Lizards uniform -- came with 9:53 to go in the game. Additionally, John Austin scored a two-pointer for New York in the waning minutes of the third, and Rob Pannell had a three-point (one goal, two assists) game.
Drew Adams was brilliant in net for the Lizards, notching 13 saves.
Ohio had a 4-3 lead after the first, but the Lizards scored three times in the second to head into halftime with a tie at six-all. When action resumed after the half, the Lizards showed why they are a perennial playoff threat. It was a true tale of two halves, as New York outscored Ohio, 8-2, in the final 30 minutes.
New York has had Ohio's number in recent years, defeating them seven times in a row dating back to the Machine's inaugural season in 2012.
The Lizards move ahead to a home-and-home series against the Rochester Rattlers, beginning April 19th at Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stadium in Brockport, New York.
The Lizards battle the Rattlers in Week Two of the season, before hosting Rochester on April 26th. For tickets to a Lizards home game, visit NYLizards.com or call 1-855-NYLizards.