|This past Saturday, August 4, the Long Island Lizards met the top-ranked Chesapeake Bayhawks in Annapolis. With a win, they could have maintained what little breathing room they had on the Boston Cannons and Rochester Rattlers going into the final week of the regular season. However, Chesapeake overwhelmed the team, leaving them in the dust at 13-6.|
The Bayhawks, who were the first team to secure their championship spot this season, dominated the vast majority of the game. Even a fourth-quarter effort from Brian Langtry and Stephen Peyser was no match for the league leaders, who scored a two-pointer with just minutes left in regulation to put the final nail in the coffin.
That brought Chesapeake's 2012 two-point goal total to 26, which breaks the MLL single season record set by the Boston Cannons back in 2002.
The Lizards may be down, but they're definitely not out. Long Island is now tied for third with Boston, and with a win against the Hamilton Nationals this weekend in the season finale, they can still clinch a playoff spot.
The basement-dwelling Nationals, who stand above only the Ohio machine in the MLL, should be easy pickings for the Lizards. Even with a loss, they will still make the Championship Weekend if either one of their other opponents, Boston or Rochester, is defeated in week 14.
Long Island has a few things going for them. Before they encountered the Bayhawks, the Lizards had been on a three-game winning streak, easily overtaking the Cannons, Hounds and Nationals - who they ravaged 19-12. The team features both the reigning Goalie of the Year, Drew Adams, and the faceoff monopolizer Greg Gurenilan, among other impressive players. If the offense and defense can buckle down, they have a sure shot at the playoffs.