By Frank Billanti | 7/26/12 1:47 PM
LONG ISLAND -- Coming off two consecutive home wins over the Cannons and the Nationals, the Lizards are preparing for their game Saturday, where they can close in- and possibly clinch- a playoff spot with a win- and a Boston Cannons loss vs. the Chesapeake Bayhawks.
The Lizards are hoping to take what they feel is rightfully theirs, a spot in the 2012 MLL Playoffs- and ultimately- the chance to capture the Steinfeld Cup.
This Saturday marks the final home game for Long Island in MLL’s 2012 season. With a home win, Long Island (7-4) has a chance to capitalize on a struggling, yet talented Charlotte Hounds (3-8) team. The Lizards have gone 4-2 at their home- Shuart Stadium- this season. In week 4, they beat the Hounds in Charlotte by the score of 10-9.
Before looking for outside help to enter the playoffs, Long Island must “Control what we can control, and that's the play of the Long Island Lizards vs. Charlotte.” Coach Joe Spallina of the Lizards displays how the leadership of the organization has developed in both the coaches and the players this season.
It’s All About the Implication
The Boston Cannons (6-5) will be hosting the Chesapeake Bayhawks (8-3) for a Saturday afternoon battle at 2:00 PM in Boston. As the Cannons fight to contend and stay in the playoff hunt; the playoff-bound, league leading Bayhawks look to match up well and snatch a road victory to prove their 2012 dominance across the league.
The Long Island Lizards are hunting for their first trip to the playoffs since 2010. This is a balanced offensive team, with a standout defense, the league’s top-ranked Faceoff Specialist in Gurenlian, and the Reigning Goalie of the Year in Drew Adams. The Lizards hold their destiny for the rest of the season in their own hands. If they play a quality, balanced offence and maintain their lock-down defense, they can beat any team in the league.