Albany, NY - The Albany Attack is pleased to announce that Mike Regan, a native of the Albany area and local favorite, has officially signed for his third season with the professional indoor lacrosse team.
Regan, 24, has been an asset to the Attack since he first played for theteam two years ago. During this time he has been named to the National Lacrosse League's (NLL) All-Rookie Team, the first Attack player to receive this ranking. Last season, Regan was one of the top five scorers on the team and ended the season with an impressive 62 points on 34 goals and 28 assists.
Selected by the Attack in the second round of the 2000 NLL draft, to date Regan and Shaker High School graduate John Madigan are the only local area players on the team. This will be Mike's third season as an Attack forward wearing number 21. Regan looks forward to the return; "It feels pretty good to be the first to sign on with the Attack for the upcoming season."
The Albany Attack will be heading into its fourth season of indoor lacrosse action at the Pepsi Arena with the home opener on December 27th vs. the Toronto Rock.
"I look at the season we had last year and there is only one more spot we need to reach and we are anxious to get there," said Regan in reference to last year's one goal loss in the NLL Championship game against the Toronto
Last year, the Albany Attack captured the Central Division Championship and advanced to the NLL playoffs with a solid, NLL record-breaking 14-2 season. The Attack avenged their only two regular season losses, both to the Rochester Knighthawks, with an impressive 14-10 semi-final victory over the Knighthawks to advance to the finals.
"We definitely had the team to get it done," said Regan, explaining that the only edge Toronto had was the experience of being in that position before. "Each year the Attack team gets a little older and more experienced and we definitely have a shot at the championship again this year." Though Regan added that it will be a long road back to the top with a tough line up of opponents. "We have a much more difficult schedule this season."
Regan is completely focused on that schedule, taking one game at a time and not allowing for any distractions along the way. Growing up in the Capital District, Regan attended many sporting events at the arena. Though he is no longer a spectator but rather a player, he indicates that once the game begins, that's all that matters. "I don't try to think of where I am. I just try to focus on the game. If you try to focus outside of the boards, you lose focus on what you are doing inside the boards," he explained. However, he does admit it is nice to "come home" and play for his hometown crowd with his family in attendance.
Regan, nicknamed "Reegs", attended the Christian Brothers Academy here in Albany, and graduated from Butler University where he also played outdoor lacrosse.
Regan encourages people to come support the team, in which he reminds people that the team does represent Albany throughout the country when traveling to away games. "If you were there for the championship game last year, you saw the game at its highest level and you saw that the Attack can play this game at that level. The more encouragement we have from our fans, the better we'll play."
The Albany Attack will play eight home games throughout the 2002-03 season. For more information, season or individual tickets and group rates, call the Attack office at 518-427-8145 or visit www.pepsiarena.com.