Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/5/18
From Press Release
Goalie Drew Adams (Springfield-Delco, Penn State, NetNation, Duke’s LC) had 14 saves as the New York Lizards defeated the Chesapeake Bayhawks 18-11 on Saturday evening in front of 5,315 fans at James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, NY, and secured their spot in the playoffs.
New York finished the season 8-6, while the Bayhawks finished 9-5.
The Lizards recorded a much-needed win in this game to secure a spot in the 2018 Major League Lacrosse playoffs. They were coming off an exciting win in a comeback on the road against the Dallas Rattlers, so it was important that they carried that momentum into this high pressure game and came out roaring.
Just 18 seconds into the game, Thomas Kelly put the Lizards on the board off the rush with an unassisted shot. Three minutes later, the Bayhawks tied the game with Lyle Thompson’s 5th goal of the season, but the Lizards remained resilient. Joel Tinney gave New York the lead less than 30 seconds later.
The Lizards dominated the first quarter in all areas of the scoresheet, outscoring Chesapeake 6-2 and outshooting them 8-6. Rob Pannell picked up three of New York’s goals.
Chesapeake showed a bit of their frustration at the beginning of the second quarter. Offensive star Steele Stanwick slashed Joe LoCascio for a penalty, while Garrett Epple added onto New York’s man advantage with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Paul Rabil didn’t let the opportunity go to waste, scoring on the power play off a Rob Pannell pass.
After allowing a goal to the Bayhawks’ Myles Jones, Will Manny, the 2018 Northwell Health Offensive Player of the Year, scored the Lizards’ 8th goal of the game. Joe LoCascio followed it up with a goal of his own 40 seconds later, assisted by JoJo Marasco.
Adams made two incredible saves on the Bayhawks on a wide-open Lyle Thompson and a hard shot from Josh Byrne. Adams made seven saves on 11 shots in the first half of the game.
The Bayhawks quickly scored after Adams’ highlight-reel saves to cut New York’s lead to five, but the Lizards offensive roared back. Will Manny scored two minutes later off a Rob Pannell pass, which tied Pannell’s previous career-high in points.
With 1:57 left in the first half, Will Manny found an open Rob Pannell right in front of Chesapeake goalie Niko Amato. Manny selflessly passed to Pannell to connect on another goal. This was Pannell’s 41st goal and 75th point of the season. He also broke his own record in the process for Most Points in a Single Season in Major League Lacrosse. In 2016, Rob set the MLL record for points in a season, scoring 74 to surpass Paul Rabil’s previous record.
New York’s dominance slowed a bit in the third quarter. After a goal by Will Manny, the Bayhawks scored three straight goals in five minutes to cut the Lizards lead in half.
The teams traded goals for the rest of the quarter, with Rob Pannell scoring his 6th and 7th goals of the night. Pannell’s 7th goal was his 43rd of the season, which is his new career-high in goals in a season. His previous career-high was 42 goals in 2016, the year Rob set the record for most points in a season.
Chesapeake switched goalies for the fourth quarter, substituting star goalie Niko Amato for Brian Phipps. New York took advantage of the change, scoring three in a row to start the final 15 minutes of the game. Joel Tinney picked up his 2nd and 3rd goals of the game, while Paul Rabil recorded his 2nd. Rabil finished the game with three points.
The Lizards’ defense backed off after gaining an 18-8 lead, allowing goals to Chesapeake’s Steele Stanwick and Myles Jones. New York allowed yet another goal to Steele Stanwick in the closing seconds of the game, but the Lizards still came away from the game victorious with an 18-11 win over the Chesapeake Bayhawks.
PLAYERS OF NOTE
Drew Adams recorded 14 saves on 24 shots, including four saves apiece in the first and fourth quarters.
Will Manny finished with a hat trick and four assists on the night. He set a career-high in goals (41), assists (21) and points (62) this season.
Joe Walters scored a goal and tallied four assists in the game. He set a career-high in points (53) this season.
Josh Byrne scored a hat trick and picked an assist in the loss.
Lyle Thompson recorded a season-high five points on the night.
It was a humid 85 degrees and sunny after heavy spouts of rain all morning ahead of first faceoff in Hempstead.
Matt Landis was named the 2018 Northwell Health Defensive Player of the Year.
Will Manny was named the 2018 Northwell Health Offensive Player of the Year.
Rob Pannell was named the New York Lizards Most Valuable Player of the Year.
NEXT GAME INFO
The Lizards will face the Dallas Rattlers on August 11th for the semi-finals of the MLL Playoffs. The Denver Outlaws will take on the Chesapeake Bayhawks.