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Powell, Carcaterra Traded in Deal

The Long Island Lizards have traded star player Casey Powell, along with goaltender Brian Carcaterra to the Rochester Rattlers, for Brian Dougherty, Chris Cercy and Conor Denihan. Rochester also receives Long Island’s third round draft pick (17th overall) in this monumental trade for the upcoming MLL Collegiate Draft.

“Casey and Carc were great assets for the Lizards,” said Kevin Fox, the Lizards General Manager. “It was a difficult decision but we feel confident that our players can raise their level of play on both offense and defense. We received 3 great players that will step in and help us right away.”

Powell, arguably the best player in lacrosse, will be reunited with his younger brother Ryan on the Rattlers’ midfield. Casey led the MLL with 68 points last season, and is the all-time leading scorer in MLL history with 121 points.

“We feel we were able to make this trade because of the strength of our team,” explained Lizards President Joseph DeSimone. “We never felt we needed to rely on any individual player. We also feel that with Casey's departure we will truly be able to showcase how great the Lizards are.”

Long Island native Chris Cercy joins the Lizards roster as one of the best faceoff men in the country. Cercy has taken 768 career draws in the last two seasons, winning 55.6%. At Syracuse University, Cercy led the nation, winning 69.2% of his draws as a senior and 71.1% as a junior. His value as a faceoff specialist may skyrocket if the league implements a change to the release rule as well.

Conor Denihan also joins the Lizards as an additional scoring threat. Denihan tallied 7 goals and 5 assists in his rookie season, seeing limited action. The native of Manhasset was twice named an All-American at Johns Hopkins, and should fit into the Lizards offense very well.

The biggest part of the deal could be the goaltender swap. The Lizards acquire Brian Dougherty, who was the backbone of the league-best Rochester defense, starting between the pipes for 27 of Rochester’s 28 all-time games. Dougherty averaged nearly 16 saves per game while maintaining a goals-against-average of only 11.8 over the last two years. Carcaterra maintained a 13.6 GAA in his 15 starts over the past two seasons