By MLL Communications | 5/2/13 3:30 PM
New York Lizards at Chesapeake Bayhawks
Saturday, May 4, 2013 (Week 2, MLL Game #5)
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD
7:00 p.m. EST
TV: Altitude, TWC SportsChannel (KC Metro Sports), ESPN3
After a strong opening weekend for both squads that saw them win their respective openers, the New York Lizards and Chesapeake Bayhawks will meet in week two of the MLL regular season. Regarded by many as the two most stacked teams in the league, both the Lizards and Bayhawks will try to put aside their mutual respect for one another in hopes of staying undefeated and gaining the upper hand in the rankings.
How they fared last season
1) April 28, 2012: Chesapeake – 13, Lizards – 11 (Brian Langtry had four goals for the Lizards
2) August 4, 2012: Lizards – 6, Chesapeake – 13 (Ben Hunt had three goals and one assist for Chesapeake)
New York Lizards
The Lizards began their season with an impressive win against the Boston Cannons on April 28. Coach Joe Spallina believed that the near-complete roster of the Cannons heading into their season-opener was a strong indication that his team has what it takes to overcome a roster of star players.
· “I’m proud of our guys, I thought we dug in. Really I think coming into the game, obviously [the Cannons] got a big jolt into their mindsets as well with adding Rabil and Sweeney- two world class players, two of the best maybe ever- into their stable” Spallina said.
· Chesapeake, the reigning MLL Champions, were so successful in 2012 due to the fact that they had the endurance to play a full season with the same intensity level, according to Spallina, who also recognizes the tall task associated with beating them.
· “They’re the best team; they have the best coaches, they have the best players, they’re the best. They’re the mark for every other team in Major League Lacrosse” Spallina said, noting that his friend, and Chesapeake head coach Dave Cottle, was listening.
After opening their season with a 17-14 victory against the Rochester Rattlers, the defending Steinfeld Trophy champion Chesapeake Bayhawks will look to continue their winning ways against the much-improved New York Lizards. Looking ahead, coach Dave Cottle believes the lack of great team offense and defense in Chesapeake’s season opener must be rectified in order to handle a team like New York.
· “We play the New York Lizards at home. [Lizards head coach] Joe Spallina I think, watching him play Boston, does such an outstanding job, and I thought they were extremely organized on offense, they had great spacing and defensively I thought they played typical, Long Island sandpaper defense,” said Cottle, touting New York’s defensive prowess.
· Despite the return of players such as Jeff Reynolds and Drew Westervelt, and the potential of Mark Matthews suiting up for New York this weekend, Cottle said he believes things must be earned in this league, and no victories are won off the field.
“Whatever happens, this league is clearly not about who’s not playing, it’s about who is playing