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Lizards Top Cannons, 15-12

May 8, 2015
Uniondale, NY (May 8, 2015) – The Lizards continue on their quest for perfection.

Rob Pannell had a five-point game (three goals, two assists), Jo-Jo Marasco tallied three goals and Tommy Palasek also delivered a hat trick in the New York Lizards’ 15-12 victory over the Boston Cannons on Friday evening at James M. Shuart Stadium.

Paul Rabil’s 200 th career goal was one of the many highlights of the contest. Rabil, a seven-time Major League Lacrosse (MLL) All-Star, delivered a three-point (two goals, one assist) effort to help keep New York (5-0) undefeated.

While Rabil was an unstoppable presence on the field, the Lizards had a bevy of key contributors on offense.

After falling behind 2-0 early on, Palasek got the Lizards on the board 7:43 into the first, on an unassisted scorcher from short-range. Palasek, a former Syracuse standout, struck again moments later, evening the score at two-all, off a gorgeous feed from Rabil.

New York took its first lead with 3:54 left in the first, as Rob Pannell found the back of the net.  After a goal from Rabil in the final minute of the opening stanza, Boston’s David Emala tied it at four-all.

The Lizards gained a 5-4 advantage just 33 seconds into the second, as Ned Crotty fired one past Boston goalie Jordan Burke. After Boston’s Josh Amidon tied the contest at five-all, New York took the lead back on a goal from Marasco with 8:09 left before halftime.

The Cannons wouldn’t go away quietly.

Max Seibald’s score 8:20 into the second tied it at six-all, providing Boston some much-needed momentum on offense.

Fortunately for the 5,387 fans on hand, Rob Pannell put the Lizards back on top with a red-hot shot through Burke’s legs in the 29 th minute, sending New York into the half with a 7-6 lead.

When action resumed, Rabil hit a major personal milestone, scoring the 200 th goal of his pro career to give the Lizards an 8-6 lead. Matt Gibson’s tally 3:38 into the third provided New York a three-point advantage, and Crotty scored minutes later to put his team on top, 10-6.

New York outscored Boston, 6-4, in the third, to head into the final frame with a 13-10 lead.

Solid defense from Hofstra alums Brian Spallina and Mike Skudin – with help from Joe Fletcher and Steve Holmes – left Boston flustered in the fourth, as the Cannons went scoreless for over 12 minutes to open the quarter.

Marasco’s goal with 1:09 left to play effectively iced it for New York, as they took a 15-12 advantage. Drew Adams tallied 17 saves in the Lizards’ winning effort.

Looking ahead to Week Six, the Lizards return home for a showdown on Sat., May 16 th at 5 p.m. against the Chesapeake Bayhawks. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a Lizards rally towel, and the night will also feature a special ceremony to commemorate the 15 th Anniversary of the New York Lizards.

Several players from the Lizards’ 2001 inaugural season will be recognized, and members of this year’s New York squad will wear throwback jerseys that will be auctioned off to benefit Tim Goettelmann’s Monster’s Kids Foundation.

Goettelmann, a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) legend who played 11 years for the Lizards, has been raising funds for children in need of medical care since 2009, and he thanks Lizards fans for their continued support. For tickets to the May 16 th game against Chesapeake, please call 1-855-NYLizards or visit