July 2, 2013

Berger to Boston on Busy MLL Trade Deadline Day

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter | McLaughlin Archive

New York sent midfielder Stephen Berger to Boston in one of three trade deadline deals involving the Lizards.
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The New York Wizard, Lizards coach Joe Spallina, was at it again — this time in a time of need.

With minutes left before Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET Major League Lacrosse trading deadline, several big moves involving the New York Lizards were agreed upon with the franchise looking to turn its 3-6 season around and make the MLL playoffs.

In the most notable trade, the Lizards sent midfielder Stephen Berger and a 2015 second-round pick and a conditional sixth-round collegiate draft pick to the Boston Cannons for rookie attackman Steve Mock and a 2014 first-round collegiate draft pick.

The move puts Berger on the move for the second time in six months, as he was traded form Charlotte to New York in the offseason, and the deal reunites the prolific Rob Pannell-Mock Cornell scoring connection that carved up many an opponent this college season.

The condition in the Berger-Mock deal stipulates that if Mock plays in 10 or more games during the 2013 and 2014 MLL regular seasons the sixth-round pick becomes a fourth-round selection.

The Lizards also sent newly acquired faceoff specialist Matt Dolente to the Chesapeake Bayhawks for a fourth-round collegiate draft pick. New York also acquired rookie attackman Max Van Bourgondien, another Cornell product, and defenseman Dan DiMaria from the Charlotte Hounds for a 2015 fourth-round supplemental draft pick.

Charlotte was active as well, sending midfielder Josh Amidon and a 2015 first-round collegiate draft pick to Hamilton for rookie short-stick midfielder Josh Hawkins. Hawkins is now on the same team as former Loyola teammates Mike Sawyer and Eric Lusby.

Charlotte on Monday sent defenseman Ricky Pages and goalie Kyle Feeney to Boston for a 2014 second-round supplemental draft pick, and sent midfielder Gerry Reilly to the Ohio Machine for a 2014 fifth-round supplemental draft pick.

All in all, six trades were announced on MLL trade deadline day, with four involving Charlotte and three including New York. The Hounds sit a 4-5 in the MLL standings and in a three-way tie for fourth place with Boston and the Rochester Rattlers. New York is in seventh place, followed by 1-8 Ohio in last.

Rochester did not make any moves, and neither did the first-place Denver Outlaws, sitting pretty at 9-0 atop the standings. The Outlaws have a chance to start 10-0, which would be a new league record for best start to a season, when they host the new-look Lizards on July 4 in Denver.

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