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Bayhawks trade defenseman Spallina to New York

The Chesapeake Bayhawks have traded veteran defenseman Brian Spallina to the New York Lizards for a third-round pick in the 2016 Major League Lacrosse college draft.

Acquired from the Lizards in December 2011, Spallina quickly became the anchor of the close defense. The physical crease defender helped the Bayhawks capture MLL championships in 2012 and 2013.

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Spallina, 6 feet 1, 200 pounds, played in 26 games for Chesapeake, with his 2014 season shortened by a broken jaw.

"Brian has been a great Bayhawk and he will be sorely missed," Chesapeake president and coach Dave Cottle said. "With the birth of another child, this trade makes it easier for Brian to take care of his family responsibilities."

Spallina, a former All-American at Hofstra, has won six championships during 14 MLL seasons — two each with the Bayhawks, Long Island Lizards and Philadelphia Barrage.

He ranks second in MLL history with 139 games played and holds the career record for most penalty minutes with 167.

A native of Massapequa, N.Y., Spallina works full time as an elementary school teacher. He'll get a chance to play for his older brother for the first time. Joe Spallina will be entering his fourth season as the Lizards' head coach in 2015.

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