National Lacrosse League (2000-2003)
Born: May 21, 1999 – NLL expansion franchise.
Moved: June 9, 2003 – Relocated to San Jose, CA.
Arena: Pepsi Arena
Team Colors: Navy, Grey, White & Aqua
The Albany Attack were a pro box lacrosse team that competed in the National Lacrosse League in the early 2000’s. The Attack debuted at Albany’s Pepsi Center on January 14, 2000 with a 21-19 victory over the Pittsburgh Crossefire in front of an announced crowd of 8,044. Crowds declined steadily from there, however, and Albany consistently placed at or near the bottom of NLL attendance rankings during the Attack’s four season run.
The team was usually mediocre, finishing .500 or below in three out of four seasons. But the exception was a big exception. In 2002, the Attack posted the best regular season record in the NLL at 14-2. After besting in the Rochester Knighthawks in the semi-final match, the Attack hosted the 2002 NLL Championship Game on April 13, 2002. A raucous crowd of 9,289 (see video below) turned out at the Pepsi Center to see the Attack lose a 13-12 thriller to the Toronto Rock. Goaltender Rob Blasdell was named the league Goalie of the Year for 2002, while Attack head coach Bob McMahon took home league coaching honors.
The excitement around the Attack’s 2002 breakthrough season failed to carry over to the team’s fourth campaign in 2003. The Attack reverted to an 8-8 team that missed the playoffs. Attendance remained bleak as Albany 2003 average of 3,689 per contest ranked 11th among the NLL’s 12 franchises.
In June 2003, club owner Herb Chorbajian sold the franchise to a group of California and Toronto investors who moved the team to San Jose, California where it became known as the San Jose Stealth. After several subsequent ownership changes and relocations, the franchise remains active in 2015 as the Vancouver Stealth.
==Albany Attack Games on Fun While It Lasted==
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Highlights of the 2002 NLL Championship Game between the Attack and the Toronto Rock at the Pepsi Center. April 13, 2002.