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Blaze Face Lizards in Regular Season Finale

September 20, 2019 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) - Atlanta Blaze News Release

HEMPSTEAD, NY - The 2019 regular season ends this Saturday night as the Atlanta Blaze (8-7) will faceoff against the New York Lizards (4-11). In a battle for bragging rights, the Blaze will look to secure their first season with a winning record in franchise history.

HOW TO WATCH

Fans can watch the broadcast on ESPN+ or at MajorLeagueLacrosse.com/Watch for free. Fans can find ESPN+ on Android Google Play, Apple Store, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Oculus Go, Playstation 4, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, and Xbox.

TICKETS

Fans can click here for tickets to the game.

WHO

Atlanta Blaze (8-7) at New York Lizards (4-11)

WHEN

Saturday, September 21st, 7:00 PM (EST)

WHERE

James M. Shuart Stadium

Hofstra University

900 Fulton Avenue

Hempstead, NY 11549

GAME NOTES

Heading into the last week of the regular season, both teams' positions in the standings are secured. The Blaze will head into the playoffs as the fourth and final playoff team, and will take on either Boston, Chesapeake, or Denver in the semifinals on October 4th. The Lizards sit in last place in MLL and will have the rights to the #1 overall pick in the 2020 MLL Draft. The last time the Blaze were in New York, a Bryan Cole game-winner in overtime eliminated the Lizards from playoff contention.

BRYAN. COLE. BALLGAME. pic.twitter.com/wtTEDHmZNX

- Atlanta Blaze (@AtlantaBlaze) August 18, 2019  

The key matchup in this game will be stopping Lizards attackman Rob Pannell and company from getting comfortable on offense. Faceoff specialist Alex Woodall could also play an important factor in this one, as the possessions he wins could be the difference between winning and losing in a game that should be a close one throughout. Alex's goal late in the game last time in New York was the momentum Atlanta needed to push the game into overtime and eventually secure the victory.

OH-MY-LANTA ?? pic.twitter.com/Ee0Liz62ly

- Atlanta Blaze (@AtlantaBlaze) August 18, 2019

RECORD BOOK

There are several records to look out for on Saturday night:

Liam Byrnes currently sits one behind the MLL record for Caused Turnovers in a season (29)

Two Caused Turnovers for Liam Byrnes would also break Blaze career and single-season records as well

Atlanta is 13 Goals away from tying the MLL record for goals in a season (227)

15 Saves would tie the Blaze team season record (229)

TEAM LEADERS (THROUGH 15 GAMES)

Points: 58, Shayne Jackson

Goals: 43, Shayne Jackson

Assists: 33, Randy Staats

Caused Turnovers: 28, Liam Byrnes

Ground Balls: 135, Alex Woodall

Faceoff Wins: 244, Alex Woodall

Saves: 196, Chris Madalon


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