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New York Lizards Tickets
Location: Hempstead, Long Island, NY
Colors: White, black and green
Owner: Medallion Sports Group
New York Lizards TicketsAs a founding member of the MLL, the New York Lizards have a rich history of introducing top talent to the league. Despite losing its inaugural game to rivals the Chesapeake Bayhawks, the Lizards topped the division table and won their first championship in 2001. In its first five years between 2001 and 2005, the Lizards featured in four finals, winning two of them. Subsequent years until 2012 saw many ups and downs, as the team couldn't repeat the past performance and lost two semifinals and a final. The changing of the name to New York Lizards and new ownership had a positive impact, as the Lizards won one championship and made four semifinal appearances. The team's logo is a small reptile that was imported to Long Island from Italy, as there are no native lizards on Long Island. If you want to watch the Lizards play, you can get your tickets at StubHub.
Where do the New York Lizards play?James M. Shuart Stadium, located inside the campus of Hofstra University, is home to the New York Lizards. The stadium has a capacity of nearly 12,000 seats, and it's named after the former president of the university, who was also a lacrosse player. In 1968, the stadium became one of the few college stadiums in the United States to get artificial turf. In 2007, the original turf was replaced with Field Turf. Besides the New York Lizards, the stadium also hosts the university's NCAA lacrosse team, the Hofstra Pride.
Who are the top rivals of the New York Lizards?Since the foundations of Major League Lacrosse, the Lizards have always faced intense competition from the Chesapeake Bayhawks, based in Maryland. Both teams continue to produce top lacrosse talent and a history that goes back to the earliest match, which ended in the Lizards' victory. Interestingly, the Lizards and the Bayhawks faced each other four times in the first five championship finals, sharing the spoils 2-2. In 2010, history repeated itself when the Lizards lost the title game 9-13. Irrespective of the performance of the two rivals, the close proximity to Maryland, the cosmopolitan flair and the history between the two teams keep matches between New York and Maryland a closely fought contest.
Where can I buy the tickets to New York Lizards games?If you want to watch your favorite players in action, you can buy tickets at StubHub, the world's largest online marketplace for sports tickets. Buying the tickets at StubHub ensures that your tickets are protected by the FanProtect guarantee that gives a full refund for any cancellations or game reschedules.
Who coached the New York Lizards?Since the foundation of the team in 2001, it's been managed by four well-respected coaches. John Detommaso led the team to its initial success, winning 33 out of 51 games and two championship titles. Jim Mule took over the reins from John and guided the team to two championship finals until he was replaced by his assistant, Joe Spallina, in 2012. Under Joe, the team qualified for playoffs on multiple occasions and won the title in 2015. In 2019, Joe Spallina decided to pass on the torch to BJ O'Hara to concentrate on the role of general manager with the New York Lizards.
Who are some noteworthy New York Lizards players?Despite producing all-time greats, there are two players who stood out in the years when the Lizards struggled to regain their former glory. Among these is Drew Adams, who was named goalie of the year in three different seasons with the Lizards. He was also a member of the Team USA and one of the most successful college players. Rob Pannell is also among the former greats who holds the Cornell and Ivy League all-time scoring records. Playing for the New York Lizards, he was named the offensive players of the year in 2016 and 2018.
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