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2000-2003 Albany Attack

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Albany AttackNational 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

Owners:

 

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==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other
2001-02 1/27/2002 @ Calgary Roughnecks  W 12-7 Program

 

 

==YouTube==

Highlights of the 2002 NLL Championship Game between the Attack and the Toronto Rock at the Pepsi Center. April 13, 2002.

 

==Downloads==

2001-02 Albany Attack Final Team Statistics

 

==Links==

National Lacrosse League Media Guides

National Lacrosse League Programs

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2000-2003 Columbus Landsharks

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2000-01 Columbus Landsharks Media GuideNational Lacrosse League (2000-2003)

Born: 2000 – NLL expansion franchise.
Died:
August 28, 2003 – The Landsharks relocate to Phoenix, AZ.

Arena: Nationwide Arena

Team Colors:

Owners:

 

The Columbus Landsharks were a toothless entry in the indoor National Lacrosse League, playing three seasons of box lacrosse at Nationwide Arena from 2000 to 2003.  The club was originally owned by John Livsey, the former Commissioner of the NLL.  But Livsey bailed quickly after the Landsharks tanked at the box office (6,559 attendance in 2000-01, compared to league average of 8,117) and on the carpet (3-11 record) in their inaugural season.  Livsey sold off the club to new owners in Montreal.  The original Landsharks franchise became the Montreal Express, who lasted just one further season in Quebec before folding in 2002.

Meanwhile, the owners of the NLL’s New York Saints franchise stepped in to form a new expansion club in Columbus that adopted the Landsharks name and history (such as it was).  The out-of-state owners stewarded the Landsharks through two more desultory seasons before giving up in August 2003, when the franchise moved to Phoenix and became the Arizona Sting.

The Landsharks’ three-year record was 16-30 and they never made the playoffs.

 

==Columbus Landsharks Games on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other
2001-02 12/14/2001 @ Calgary Roughnecks L 20-13 Program

 

==Links==

National Lacrosse League Media Guides

National Lacrosse League Programs

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Written by andycrossley

July 3rd, 2014 at 2:35 am

February 5, 2010 Washington Stealth vs. Minnesota Swarm

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Washington Stealth vs. Minnesota Swarm
February 5, 2010
Comcast Arena (Everett, WA)
Attendance: 3,526

National Lacrosse League Programs

 

Obscure game program here from the defunct Washington Stealth (2010-2013) of the indoor National Lacrosse League.  The Stealth were kind of a weird fit in the NLL, playing in the decidedly minor league city of Everett, Washington while most of their opponents played in big city NBA and NHL arenas.

But the Stealth were really good in 2010, the franchise’s first season in the Pacific Northwest after a failed run in San Jose.  Coming into this February 5th match against the visiting Minnesota Swarm, they were undefeated at 5-0 and in control of the NLL’s West Division.   That’s former Johns Hopkins star Paul Rabil on the cover of the match program.  Rabil is one of the greatest players in the sport of lacrosse today, a two-time MVP of the summertime outdoor Major League Lacrosse and a perennial winter All-Star selection in box lacrosse for the NLL.  On this night though, Rabil was notable mainly for getting a game misconduct penalty in the third period.

The Stealth held off the last place Swarm 12-9 and improved to 6-0.  The rest of the regular season was a rougher ride.  Washington went just 6-5 the rest of the way, but still won the West Division.  They hit the on switch again for the playoffs and went undefeated in the postseason, defeating the Toronto Rock for the 2010 NLL Champions Cup on May 15, 2010

 

==YouTube==

 

==Links==

Washington Stealth Home Page

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Written by andycrossley

February 8th, 2014 at 12:46 am

2010-2013 Washington Stealth

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National Lacrosse League (2010-2013)

Born: June 17, 2009 – The San Jose Stealth relocate to Everett, WA.
Died: June 27, 2013 – The Stealth relocate to Langley, BC.

Arena: Comcast Arena (8,500)

Team Colors: Black, Red & White

Owner: Denise Watkins & Bill Watkins

 

Everett, Washington’s Comcast Arena was the third stop for this wandering box lacrosse franchise, which began play in upstate New York as the Albany Attack back in 2000.  After four seasons in Albany, the franchise moved across the country to the Bay Area and became the San Jose Stealth in 2004.   Current owners Bill & Denise Watkins purchased the club in 2007 while it was languishing with the worst attendance in the league at San Jose’s HP Pavilion.

The Watkins’ moved the franchise to Everett following the 2009 season.  Everett was by far the smallest market in the National Lacrosse League, which takes pains to avoid being tagged as a “minor league”.  Accordingly, the franchise took on the regional “Washington Stealth” identity and hoped to draw fans from throughout the Puget Sound region.

The Stealth were an outstanding team on the carpet.  During their four seasons in Everett, the Stealth appeared in the NLL Championship Game three times, winning in 2010 and losing in 2011 and 2013.  The exception was a demoralizing 2012 season, which saw Head Coach Chris Hall miss part of the season after a throat cancer diagnosis.  The Stealth went into a nose dive and finished dead last with a 4-12 record.

With Hall back for a full season at the helm in 2013, the Stealth returned to the NLL final against the Rochester Knighthawks.  Although the Stealth earned the right to host the title game, Comcast Arena in Everett was unavailable due to a schedule conflict.  They were forced to move the game 90 miles north to the Langley Events Centre in Langley, British Columbia.  There, the Stealth lost to Rochester 11-10 in a closely contested game before 5,200 fans (see complete game video below).

Despite the on-field success, the Stealth were a loser at the box office in Everett, which turned out to have all of the limitations of a minor league market despite the NLL’s assertions to the contrary.  Six weeks after the 2013 title game, the Stealth announced a permanent relocation to the Langley Events Centre.  The franchise will be known as the Vancouver Stealth beginning with the 2014 season.

 

==Stealth Games on Fun While It Lasted==

Year Date Opponent Score Program Other
2010 1/9/2010 vs. Colorado Mammoth W 17-8 Program
2010 1/22/2010 vs. Buffalo Bandits W 13-11 Program
2010 2/5/2010 vs. Minnesota Swarm W 12-9 Program

 

 

==YouTube==

The Stealth and the Rochester Knighthawks meet in the 2013 NLL Championship Game at Langley, British Columbia. May 11, 2013.

 

Stealth vs. Colorado Mammoths at Comcast Arena. February 18, 2011.

 

 

==Downloads==

2012 National Lacrosse League Attendance Summary

 

 

==Links==

National Lacrosse League Media Guides

National Lacrosse League Programs

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Written by andycrossley

July 1st, 2013 at 12:20 am

2001-2003 New Jersey Storm

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National Lacrosse League (2001-2003)

Born: May 2, 2001 – NLL expansion franchise.
Died: September 17, 2003  – The Storm relocate to Anaheim, CA.

Arena: Continental Airlines Arena (19,040)

Team Colors:

Owner: Jayson Williams

 

The New Jersey Storm were a short-lived indoor lacrosse franchise owned by recently retired New Jersey Nets All-Star Jayson Williams.  Williams, who reportedly earned $87 million during his 9-year NBA career, paid a $500,000 expansion fee for the National Lacrosse League team and named the club after his alma mater, the St. John’s University Red Storm.

Less than three months after the Storm’s November 2001 debut, Williams accidentally shot and killed his chauffeur at his New Jersey mansion on Valentine’s Day 2002.  He would spend much of the next decade in judicial proceedings before finally entering prison eight years after the incident in February 2010 after pleading guilty to aggravated assaults.  Despite his legal troubles, Williams would remain the owner of record for the Storm until the franchise’s eventual demise in California in 2005.

The Storm struggled on the field and at the turnstiles during their two seasons in New Jersey.  The team finished 5-11 in 2001-02 and 3-13 in 2002-03, missing the playoffs both seasons.

In September 2003, the franchise relocated to Anaheim, California.  The club played two years as the Anaheim Storm before folding in June 2005.

 

Written by andycrossley

March 15th, 2013 at 12:52 am