The New York Saints are set to open their 2003 home schedule on Thursday, January 2nd at 7 PM versus the Albany Attack. This will be the first of two games in three days for the Saints, as the Ottawa Rebel come to the Island on Saturday, January 4th. Thursday's game will mark the Nassau Coliseum debut behind the bench for new Saints' Head Coach, Pat McCabe as well as a handful of Long Island native Saints' rookies. After dropping the season-opener to Columbus, the Saints will look to climb above the .500-mark after this home-opening weekend.
Last week the Saints' dropped their season-opener in Columbus, OH to the Landsharks by a score of 15-10. The Saints' received goals from their three offensive leaders of a season ago in Kruger (3), Driscoll (1) and Prout (1) along with an equal amount of offensive support from a handful of their rookies. First-round draft picks Chad Culp (9th overall pick) netted his first two professional goals of his career and Nick Carlson (5th overall pick) added one of his own. Long Island native Dan Paccione, a late addition to the Saints' starting line-up for last Friday, stepped into the line-up and scored twice as well in his professional debut.
The Saints will look to avenge last week's loss this Thursday at the Nassau Coliseum as they take on the Albany Attack (0-1). Albany will also be looking to bounce back from a season-opening loss as they dropped their first game of the season last week against Toronto, 13-9. Last season, the Attack swept the two-game series between these two clubs en route to the 2002 NLL Championship Game. The Attack return 15 of 17 starters from their 2002 campaign while this season's Saints squad has undergone many changes, adding balance, size and offensive power to their line-up.