August 9, 2014

Lizards Top Outlaws, Not Enough for Home Field

from staff reports

Long-stick midfielder Kyle Hartzell deposited a feed from Ned Crotty 2:19 into overtime to lift the New York Lizards to a 12-11 victory over the visiting Denver Outlaws.

It was just the Lizards second regular-season victory over the Outlaws in 14 games, but it was not enough to secure home-field advantage for next week's Major League Lacrosse (MLL) semifinals. New York and Denver both finished the season 9-5. The Lizards needed to beat the Outlaws by at least five goals to avoid having to go to Denver next Saturday. The two teams will play again in Denver at 5:30 p.m. Eastern.

First-place Rochester will play the Ohio Machine, which clinched the fourth and final playoff spot with a 14-10 win over the Florida Launch, in the other semifinal.

Greg Gurenlian won 18 of 27 faceoffs for New York, while Crotty, Rob Pannell and JoJo Marasco scored two goals apiece. Pannell added three assists in the victory. Neither team led by more than two goals the entire game. Eric Law and Drew Snider scored three goals each for Denver.

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