2013 Preview: New York Lizards

New York looked like it was on it's way to the MLL Championship last season and then Denver had a comeback for the ages in the semifinals. Can the Lizards take the next step?

What's Changed?: Mark Matthews, that's what. In that game championship weekend, Matthews tallied five points, unfortunatley for New York, it was for Denver. Now the former DU star is donning green and that mean's a big boost for the Lizards. When you combine Matthews with Tommy Palasek, 2012 Rookie of the Year Matt Gibson, veteren Grant Catalino and Rob Pannell, who's joining the team later on this summer, you create one of the most lethal attacks in the league.

Biggest Area of Concern: Inexperience. This showed up big time in the semifinal game against Denver last year. The team just couldn't hold it together enough when the Outlaws started to push back. The biggest thing holding the the Lizards back is themselves.

Biggest Strength: It has to be the attack. Catalino, Matthews, Palasek and Gibson combined for 110 points last season (Matthews with Denver, of course). Plus, Rob Pannell will be with the team. The Cornell is among the nation's leaders in PPG.

Projected Record: 10-4. The Lizards have all the pieces in place to make a run championship weekend.