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Albany Edges New York In Defensive Game

01/02/2003, 12:14pm EST
By National Lacrosse League

The Albany Attack edged the young New York Saints, 10-8, in front of 4,683 fans at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. The game was close the entire way, however, Mike Regan put a dagger in the Saints when he scored the game-winner with 7:04 remaining in regulation, putting the Attack up for good.

Albany jumped out to a 2-0 lead early, but the Saints battled back, led by Chris Driscoll (4g, 1a), to take a 3-2 lead. Dan Teat scored for Albany to notch the score at three after one quarter.

Josh Sanderson (3g, 3a) put Albany back in the lead, but the Saints would not fall behind, with Gavin Prout (2g, 2a) cutting the score to 6-5 at the half.

The third quarter was a turning point in the game. Despite phenominal defense by Gee Nash (43 saves) and the rest of the Saints, New York could not put any points on the board as Jim Moss scored the only goal of the third quarter, giving the Attack a 7-5 lead with only one quarter to play.

New York came within a goal numerous times in the fourth quarter, but Albany always battled back and stayed a step ahead. Josh Sanderson finished off the Saints, scoring his third goal on a pass from Gary Rosyski with 1:31 left, crushing the Saints' hopes of a comeback.

The Attack improve to 1-1, as they visit the Buffalo Bandits on Saturday at HSBC Arena (7:00 PM). The Saints fall to 0-2, looking for their first win when they host the Ottawa Rebel on Saturday at the Nassau Coliseum (7:30 PM).

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