Playoffs a goal for Lizards
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Midfielder Max Seibald, a former Hewlett High School and Cornell University star, has 18 goals in eight games. Seibald, who had six points in the win over Charlotte, said getting back to the playoffs after a tough 2013 campaign is the No. 1 goal. “The biggest thing is to get into the playoffs,” said Seibald, who was plagued by injuries last season. “Tonight’s win was big because we lost to Florida the first time around.”
Others keys to the offense are Palasek, who has 18 goals, Marasco (15), Ned Crotty (12), and Greg Gurenlian. The latter has won 60 percent of draws and ranks second in the MLL in groundballs with 77. The addition of Michael Kimmel, acquired in a trade from the Chesapeake Bayhawks a few weeks ago, has sparked the unit. Kimmel has seven points in two games with the Lizards.
The defense has been solid while ranking among the league’s top three units. Adams, who made his 800th career save earlier this season and is a three-time all-star, relies on Kyle Hartzell, Brian Karalunas, Joe Fletcher and Steven DeNapoli, another Hewlett graduate, to lead the defense. Last season, Adams, a five-year starter with the franchise, played in all 14 games and led the MLL in saves with 209.
“Our defense has been strong all season,” Seibald said. “Our chemistry is very good and we’re deep all over the field.”
The Lizards are back in action July 19 when they travel to face the Boston Cannons. New York won the first meeting, 11-10. Two home games remain, including a July 27 matchup with Chesapeake at Stony Brook University at 3 p.m. After visiting Charlotte on Aug. 1, the Lizards return to Hofstra for the regular-season finale against the Denver Outlaws on Aug. 9 at 5:30 p.m.
“It’s never about one guy, it’s about all the guys” Spallina said. “Everyone is starting to get on the same page and we’re seeing results.”