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NY Lizards Lacrosse Falls to Boston Cannons 16-14 in First Game of Compressed 2020 Season

July 18, 2020 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) - New York Lizards News Release

Anapolis, MD - The New York Lizards MLL Lacrosse team dropped its first game of the compressed 2020 season to the Boston Cannons by a score of 16-14 in regular play here today. The team record this season stands at 0-1. The Lizards will face the Chesapeake Bayhawks tomorrow, July 19, 2020 at 1pm. All games are being televised on the ESPN network.

Mark Cockerton's 4th goal of the game with 1:44 remaining in the fourth quarter broke a 14-14 tie as the Boston Cannons went on to beat the Lizards 16-14 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams at Navy-Marine Corp Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. Connor O'Hara's third goal of the game at 8:20 of the third quarter gave the Lizards a 14-11 lead, but the Lizards would go the final 21:40 of the game without scoring again. O'Hara led the Lizards in scoring on the day with three goals and an assist for four points.

The Lizards (0-1) built a 5-3 lead after one quarter, a 12-9 lead at halftime and a 14-12 advantage heading into the fourth quarter but Boston (1-0) was able to come from behind for the victory. Randy Staats led the Cannons with a goal and four assists for five points while Bryce Wasserman joined Cockerton with four goals including the game's final tally with 43 seconds left in the contest. Boston goalie Nick Marrocco made 14 saves in the game including a point-blank stop on Lizards rookie Andrew Pettit late in the fourth quarter with the game tied at 14.

In his Major League Lacrosse debut, Lizards first-round pick Colin Burke scored three goals. He scored two goals in the first quarter and then capped off his first career hat trick with a second quarter goal just moments after a brilliant save by Lizards goalie Austin Kaut. Captain Dylan Molloy had two goals and an assist for three points while Nicky Galasso scored two goals.

The other Lizards goal scorers were Andrew Pettit, Brendan Kearns, Mark Ellis and face-off specialist Mark Andrejack who scored 7 seconds after winning a draw in the second quarter. Between the pipes, goalie Austin Kaut made 12 saves. The Lizards outshot the Cannons 52-42 while shots on goal were even at 28. The Lizards won the ground ball battle 46-31 while Boston had the edge in face-offs won 18-14.

The Lizards return to action on Sunday afternoon with the second of five regular season games as they take on the defending MLL Champion Chesapeake Bayhawks in Annapolis. The game begins at 1pm and can be seen live on ESPN2.

In all, the Lizards will play five regular season games in six days and a total of seven games in nine days if the Lizards make it all the way to the championship game.

The remainder of the 2020 New York Lizards schedule is as follows:

Sun, July 19 @ 1 p.m. on ESPN2: Chesapeake Bayhawks vs. New York Lizards

Tue, July 21 @ 7 p.m. on ESPN+: Denver Outlaws vs. New York Lizards

Wed, July 22 @ 4 p.m. on ESPN+: Connecticut Hammerheads vs. New York Lizards

Thu, July 23 @ 4 p.m. on ESPN+: New York Lizards vs. Philadelphia Barrage

Sat, July 25 @ 1 p.m. on ESPN+: Seed 4 at Seed 1

Sat, July 25 @ 4 p.m. on ESPN+: Seed 3 at Seed 2

Sun, July 26 @ 2 p.m. on ESPN2: Semi 2 Winner at Semi 1 Winner


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