By Marie Letterii | 12/14/12 10:47 AM
It’s been a year of changes for the Lizards, and things don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. With Joe Spallina taking the lead as head coach before the start of the season, and the new ownership group purchasing the team in May, the Lizards are closing out 2012 with a bang, announcing the change of their name to the New York Lizards, brand new logos, and new team colors.
When asked about the reason for changing the team’s name, Lizards’ CEO Jeffrey Rudnick said, "When the new ownership group took over the Lizards in May of this year, we negotiated a deal with Major League Lacrosse to expand the Lizards' exclusive territory. It grew from just Long Island, to now also include New York City, Westchester County, the state of New Jersey, and southern Connecticut. With this tremendous market the Lizards are now a part of, it made sense to change the name to the New York Lizards. In the upcoming 2013 season, the Lizards will be playing two home games, for the first time, at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island in New York City. We have also just released a full winter camp and clinic schedule for all of our newly expanded market. Thus the change to New York Lizards seemed like a natural evolution. “
The Lizards have no plans to abandon their loyal Long Island fan base any time soon. “Our Long Island fans have been tremendous over the years and we truly appreciate their continued support,” said Rudnick. In the upcoming 2013 season, the New York Lizards will play five of their home games at James M. Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University on Long Island. The full Lizards 2013 schedule is expected to be released in the beginning of January.
With nearly the entire Lizards roster residing in the New York area, the players definitely have a lot to say about the new name. “I am a big fan of the change from the Long Island Lizards to the New York Lizards,” said Lizards midfielder Max Siebald. “ Long Island was great and it represented one of the greatest lacrosse areas in the world, one that I loved being a part of, growing up in and competing for, but with the New York title, comes the New York expectations, the New York attitude, and the opportunity to extend our fan base to a wider audience, including NYC which is currently where I live.”
“With lacrosse being the fastest growing sport in the United States, we look forward to introducing the Lizards to our new markets," Rudnick concluded.
2013 is setting up to be an exciting season for the New York Lizards, so make sure to keep up on all the action. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to keep up to date with the most current Lizards information. And for more detailed information about what is happening with the team as well as camps, visit the team’s new website address NYLizards.com.