The New Jersey Storm finished their National Lacrosse League (NLL) pre-season schedule with a record of (2-1) after defeating the New York Saints by the score of 13-11 on Saturday at the Inline 1 Sports Center in Mount Sinai, NY.
After trailing the Saints by the score of 10-9 heading into the final quarter of play, the Storm outscored their opposition by a margin of 4-1 to claim the come-from-behind victory.
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The Storm were led on Saturday by the four-point performances of forwards Roy Colsey (3G, 1A) and Cam Bomberry (2G, 2A). In addition, forward Bryan Bendig added three-points (1G, 2A) including the eventual game-winner at 9:30 of the fourth quarter.
Tonight?s game featured the return of Storm goaltender Matt Roik to action after finishing last season second in total NLL goals against with 138. In his debut, Roik made 13 saves during his 30 minutes of action while net minder Derek General allowed just three goals and made 13 saves in his 28 minutes of work.
Rounding out the Storm goal keeping was Ginny Capicchioni who saved one shot and stopped a late fourth quarter New York surge. Capicchioni, who recently became the first woman in the 17-year history of professional indoor lacrosse to secure a spot on a roster, saw action for the third time in as many games. Before joining the Storm, Capicchioni was a nationally ranked lacrosse goaltender from Sacred Heart University and three-time Northeast Conference ?Goalie of the Year? in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
Highlighting the Saints contributors were forward Chris Driscoll (2G, 3A) and last season?s 11th highest League scorer Gavin Prout (4G, 1A) both with five points.
The Storm dropped both regular season contests to the Saints last year, coming out on the short end of a 14-9 decision in New Jersey's inaugural home game on November 30, 2001, followed by a 15-9 loss on March 9, 2002 in New York. The two teams will once again meet twice this season with the Saints visiting the Meadowlands on January 10, 2003 before hosting the Storm on April 12, 2003 at the Nassau Coliseum.
Tonight?s contest also marked a pair of firsts for both Colsey and Saints assistant coach and former Stormer Matt Panetta as both faced off against their former clubs for the first time. In 2001-2002 Colsey spent half of the season with the Saints before being dealt to Buffalo and then to New Jersey this summer, while Panetta served as New Jersey?s assistant captain last year and led the team in total goals with 21.
The Storm will officially open this season next Saturday night on the road versus the Rochester Knighthawks next Saturday, December 28 at 7:35 p.m. The team opens at home on Saturday, January 4 vs. Columbus at 7:30 p.m. Eight-game and four-game season ticket plans and McFamily Plans are on sale now by calling 1-866-NJ STORM. Individual game tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster locations, the Continental Airlines Arena box office, by calling 201-507-8900, or by logging on to Ticketmaster.com.