Thursday, May 14

[MLL] "Excelsior! Undefeated New York Gives Boston The Business For Second Time"

"Excelsior! Undefeated New York Gives Boston The Business For Second Time"

Words, photos and video by Laxwell Smart.

Rivalry check: Knicks / Celtics (check), Rangers / Bruins (check), Giants / Patriots (check), LIZARDS / CANNONS (check!) ...

Taking a bite out of the rotten apple isn't for everyone, and those of us Native New Yorkers who have been fortunate enough to survive that bite are automatically subject to an ample dose of hate from the rest of the continental U.S. NY sports fans are no exception to this rule and one of the prerequisites to considering one's self a New York sports fan, or a real New Yorker even, is to harbor an unhealthy disdain for all Boston teams.  In the 15th season of the Major Lacrosse League, we finally have the rivalry that pro lacrosse fans have been waiting for.

The 5-0 NEW YORK LIZARDS continued their winning streak beating the BOSTON CANNONS this week, after edging them by only a single goal last week. The atmosphere at HOFSTRA's SHUART STADIUM was electric for a Friday night 7:30 pm game under the lights and the high lacrosse IQ Long Island crowd was treated to an entertaining bout between these two North-East coast teams.

PAUL RABIL scored his 200th MLL career goal in this one, contributing two goals and an assist, but the shine was evenly distributed amongst the LIZARDS sqaudron stand-outs.

The back and forth began as the CANNONS fired first with goals from ROB EMERY and BRENT ADAMS, but TOMMY PALASIK answered the call with a pair immediately followed by a goal from ROB PANNELL. A couple of minutes transpired before RYAN YOUNG fired one past LIZARDS keeper DREW ADAMS. 42 seconds later, PAUL RABIL scored to put NY up by one. DAVID EMALA then tied the game with a CANNONS goal assisted by OWEN BLYE.

The 2nd period began with a quick goal by DUKE alum NED CROTTY. New York held on to the 1 point lead for a 5 minute stretch until the former SYRACUSE Orangeman, JOSH AMIDON tied it for BOSTON. A minute and change later JoJo MARASCO, a SYRACUSE alum himself, now wearing a LIZARDS jersey, scored the go-ahead-goal assisted by ROB PANNELL.

CORNELL alum and BOSTON CANNON, MAX SEIBALD answered back and the game was now tied at 6 for close to 5 minutes before another CORNELL alum, ROB PANNELL put the LIZARDS up, as both teams retreated to their respective locker rooms for half time. 

To the Long Island crowds delight, the second half opened up with 3 unanswered goals by RABIL, GIBSON and CROTTY until KEVIN BUCHANAN stopped the bleeding with an unassisted goal for the CANNONS.

About a minute later, TOMMY PALASIK scored a goal assisted by ROB PANNELL, followed by a goal by JoJo MARASCO giving the LIZARDS a 12-7 lead. Then SEIBALD and BUCHANAN contributed a goal each to bring the CANNONS to within 3, but just 10 seconds later HOFTSRA's own STEVE DeNAPOLI scored to make it 13-9 New York, going into the 4th stanza.

ROB PANNELL scored at 6:37 as both teams played with a sense of urgency while tensions rose on the CANNONS sideline. The game got physical and at times chippy and the makings of a true MLL rivalry were revealed.

OWEN BLYE and BRENT ADAMS would not be denied, each scoring goals at around the 12 minute mark for BOSTON, but JoJo MARASCO put the ball in the back of the net and nail in the coffin.  





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