New York Lizards

The New York Lizards, originally the Long Island Lizards, are a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) team based in Hempstead, New York, located on Long Island. They are original members of the MLL. They lost the league's inaugural game on June 7, 2001 to the Baltimore Bayhawks (now Chesapeake Bayhawks), 16–13.

New York Lizards
Based inHempstead, New York
StadiumShuart Stadium
ColorsGreen, White, Black
OwnerMedallion Sports Group
ChairmanJeffrey Rudnick
Head coachBJ O'Hara
General managerJoe Spallina
Championships3 (2001, 2003, 2015)
Division titles3 (2001, 2002, 2003)
Local mediaNew York Newsday
FormerlyLong Island Lizards


In the MLL's inaugural season in 2001, the Long Island Lizards split their home games between Hofstra Stadium, now James M. Shuart Stadium, and EAB Park (now Bethpage Ballpark). For the 2002 season, they used Hofstra Stadium as their home field. As of 2003, the Lizards played all home contests at Mitchel Athletic Complex, in Uniondale, New York until 2008. The team will return to James M. Shuart Stadium for their home games in 2009.[1] The Lizards have won American Division championships in 2001, 2002, and 2003, and Major League Lacrosse titles in 2001, 2003 and 2015. The team made the playoffs in 2005 as a wildcard despite a losing record. The team's name and logo are based on the Italian wall lizard, a small reptile that was imported to Long Island (which has no native lizards) in the 1960s and which populate areas of the team's hometown of Hempstead in Nassau County. On December 14, 2012 the Lizards changed their name to the New York Lizards.[2]

Prior to the 2015 season, the Lizards made a trade with the Boston Cannons for Paul Rabil. In exchange for Paul Rabil and Mike Stone, the Cannons received Max Seibald, Brian Karalunas and three draft picks. In 2015, the Lizards won their third Steinfeld Cup by defeating the Rochester Rattlers 15-12.


Chesapeake Bayhawks

The Lizards' main rival is the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Between them they hold 8 of the 15 MLL league championships awarded through the 2015 season. The two teams have played in the championship game five times, with Chesapeake winning 3 of those 5.

Boston Cannons

The Lizards have found a new rival in the Boston Cannons after they traded their All Star Mid Fielder Paul Rabil to New York in January 2015. That season the Lizards faced the Cannons in the MLL semi-finals and the game resulted in a dramatic overtime victory for the Lizards(16-15). The tension of that game continued into the 2016 MLL season when the Cannons came to James M. Shuart Stadium, which resulted in another intense over-time victory for the Lizards(13-12).

General managers

  • Joe Spallina is the former head coach and current general manager of the New York Lizards.

Coaching staff

Current coaching staff

  • Head coach – BJ O'Hara
  • Assistant coach – Ted Garber
  • Assistant coach – Mike Gongas

All-time head coaches

# Name Term Regular season Playoffs
1John Detommaso20012004513318.647651.833
2Jim Mule20052011843747.440523.400
3Joe Spallina2012201898 5444.551624.333
4B.J. O'Hara201916511.313----

Current roster

2019 New York Lizards
Number Name Nationality Position Height Weight College
3Rob PannellA5 ft 10 in195 lbsCornell
4Dylan MolloyA6 ft 1 in220 lbsBrown
5Nick GalassoM6 ft 0 in185 lbsSyracuse
6Mark AndrejackFO5 ft 7 in175 lbsAdelphi
7Brett OsmanD6 ft 0 in190 lbsHofstra
8PJ WhiteD6 ft 3 in195 lbsLimestone
9Alex ZomerfeldM5 ft 9 in180 lbsBryant
11Justin RehM6 ft 1 in185 lbsAlbany
12 Brian Corrigan G 5 ft 11 in 205 lbs Marist
13Nick SpillaneM5 ft 10 in190 lbsPenn State
14Austin KautG5 ft 10 in200 lbsPenn State
15Steven RomanoM6 ft 2 in200 lbsHofstra
16 Nick Aponte A 6 ft 0 in 190 lbs Penn State
17Joey SessaM5 ft 5 in160 lbsYale
18Jack TighM5 ft 10 in180 lbsYale
20Danny DolanG6 ft 1 in180 lbsMaryland
21Kevin CrowleyM6 ft 4 in230 lbsStony Brook
23 Greg Puskuldjian FO 5 ft 11 in 205 lbs Adelphi
24Dan MarinoG5 ft 11 in200 lbsVirginia
25Noah RakFO6 ft 1 in203 lbsUMass
26 Scott Corcoran LSM 6 ft 0 in 190 lbs Merrimack
27 Eric Monfort D 6 ft 3 in 205 lbs Bucknell
28 Brian VonBargen M 6 ft 3 in 225 lbs Hofstra
32JD RecorA5 ft 7 in165 lbsMarist
34Mark EllisDM5 ft 10 in188 lbsHofstra
42Mark MatthewsA6 ft 5 in235 lbsDenver
43Ryan WalshA6 ft 4 in235 lbsColgate
44John Daniggelis Jr.M6 ft 0 in200 lbsYale
63Mike BegleyM5 ft 11 in185 lbsMarist
65 Mike Unterstein DM 5 ft 11 in 195 lbs Hofstra
71 Peter Welch D 6 ft 2 in 205 lbs Duke
72Kevin McNallyM6 ft 0 in195 lbsAlbany
77Ben RandallD6 ft 3 in210 lbsOhio State
90Jack CarriganD6 ft 3 in220 lbsLoyola
92 Alex Spring D 5 ft 11 in 185 lbs Bucknell

  • As of 16 July 2018

MLL Award Winners

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