Lizards look for first win at Icahn Stadium

Rob Pannell of the New York Lizards spins

Rob Pannell of the New York Lizards spins away from Michael Evans of the Chesapeake Bayhawks. (June 6, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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The New York Lizards played the Chesapeake Bayhawks at Icahn Stadium last Thursday. It was the first time they took the field on Randall's Island in New York City as the team began a more regional schedule this season instead of playing only on Long Island.

The location of the matchup, however, was ultimately the only highlight of the game for the Lizards, as they suffered their worst loss of the season, 21-8, against the Bayhawks (4-2).

"Tremendously disappointing," Lizards coach Joe Spallina said Wednesday on an MLL conference call. "We're out of synch offensively."

Despite the disappointment, Spallina has maintained an optimistic demeanor as the Lizards (2-4) look forward to another game at Randall's Island Thursday night against the Hamilton Nationals (5-1). The Lizards lost to Hamilton earlier this season, 12-11.

Spallina quoted Lizards midfielder Brian Langtry during the conference call. "After [last week's] game Langtry said, 'Lacrosse is like jazz, we've got to find our tune,'" Spallina said.

Looking forward to Thursday's game, Spallina didn't hold back in terms of singling out players whom he feels have underperformed this season.

"If I told you that we weren't concerned, I'd be lying," he said. "I need more out of Mark Matthews. I need more out of David Earl. I need these guys to blow up this week.

"We had a closed-door meeting for an hour and a half. There's not a lack of desire or preparation. We have to get these guys in synch, especially offensively," Spallina said, "We're tremendously disappointed as a staff, but a win can change everything."

Spallina's overall message during the conference call was positive, and his words expressed full confidence in his team despite the rough start. "We're going to turn this team around," he said. "We're going to start winning soon and once we start winning we won't stop."

If Spallina's words ring true, the winning will begin Thursday night at Icahn Stadium.

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