Toronto Nationals Fall To Long Island Lizards 13-9

Powless leads Toronto with three points in first-ever professional field game

TORONTO –The Toronto Nationals fell to the Long Island Lizards 13-9 at BMO Field on Friday night. The loss was Toronto’s first, with their record now at 2-1.

The Nationals’ Delby Powless led Toronto with two goals and an assist.  Midfielders Steve Hoar and Joe Walters each chipped in two goals, while attackers Colin Doyle and Athan Iannucci both had a goal and an assist. Toronto midfielder Jordan Hall also had a goal.
Both teams fielded new players added in yesterday’s Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Player Draft. Drafted sixth overall by the Nationals (2-1), defender Sid Smith had a dream week for any lacrosse player. The All-American won the NCAA Division I championship with Syracuse University Monday afternoon in Boston, was drafted to the MLL on Thursday, and played his first game with Toronto on Friday.

The game began with Long Island’s attacker Tim Goettelmann scoring 4:34 into the first quarter. Toronto midfielder Jordan Hall replied less than a minute later to tie the game 1-1. Goettelmann put the Lizards back ahead within the minute, only to have Powless tie it up. A second before the quarter ended, Hoar gave Toronto the 3-2 lead.
The second quarter saw the Lizards take back control of the game, eking out a 7-6 lead.
Keith Cromwell tied the game 3-3 four minutes into the quarter, although Powless replied two minutes later to make it 4-3 for Toronto. Midfielder Walters made it 5-3 a minute later, although Dan Cocchi countered 13 seconds later. Hoar had his second of the game to make it 6-4.

Long Island midfielder Berger rolled the cage, and scored an acrobatic goal on the crease on a powerplay to make it 6-5. The extra man opportunity came after Toronto’s Iannucci was charged with a one minute personal foul for unnecessary roughness.

Berger scored again almost 30 seconds later to tie the game, and then new recruit Greer gave Long Island a 7-6 lead with just over three minutes remaining in the quarter.
Shortly after Greers’ goal, a rain burst put the game on hold for over thirty minutes, sending the fans and players for safety under the bleachers. Game officials decided to resume play after the worst of the thunderstorm had passed. The half ended with no further scoring.

After a shortened half-time, the Nationals and Lizards traded goals back and forth in the third quarter, with the Lizards coming out of the frame with a 10-9 lead.
Walters and Doyle scored back-to-back goals within the first seven minutes of the third quarter to make it 8-7 for the Nationals. Greer scored his third goal to tie the game 8-8.
Long Island midfielder Chris Fiore scored a rare two-point goal to help the Lizards jump out to a 10-8 lead. Iannucci responded with a shot, just inside the two-point arch to bring the Nationals within one with two minutes left in the third.

Lizard midfielder Stephen Peyser opened the fourth with a goal fed by Fiore that pushed the Long Island lead to 11-9. Greer picked the top right corner of the Nationals’ net to score his fourth goal of the night and make it a 12-9 game for the Lizards. Stephen Berger scored his third goal of the night. Toronto was unable to answer back making the score 13-9 for the visiting squad, good for the final score.
Zach Greer was named the Major League Lacrosse BudLight MVP after he scored four goals and had an assist.

For complete game statistics please visit the Point Streak Website at:
The Toronto Nationals take to the road next week to face the Washington Bayhawks in Annapolis, MD on Thursday, June 4.

For more information, please contact:

Laura Bridgman
Communications – Toronto Nationals Lacrosse
416-596-0676 ext. 242


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