The New York Saints have activated third-year defenseman and Team Assistant Captain Brian Spallina from the Injured Reserve. Spallina will make his first start of the 2002-2003 NLL season on Saturday night when the Saints host the Rochester Knighthawks at the Nassau Coliseum at 7:30 PM. In conjunction with this move, the Saints have released rookie defenseman J.D. Smithson from the club's 23-man roster. Spallina, from Rocky Point, NY and Hofstra University, was sidelined due to a torn ACL suffered during play over the summer with the Long Island Lizards of the MLL. He has been cleared by team physicians to return to the turf after intense rehabilitation this past off-season. "Watching from the other side of the boards was the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my professional career. I can't wait to get back out there, you have no idea how excited I am," said Spallina. Spallina has amassed 178 loose balls in his first two professional seasons and has placed among the team leaders both seasons. His physical presence and on-field leadership will give a much needed resurgance to the Saints' young defensive unit. Tickets for Saturday's game are still available! Don't miss the return of Brian Spallina, as the inter-state action versus the Rochester Knighthawks begins at 7:30 PM at the Nassau Coliseum! Don't miss the return of Brian Spallina, tickets are available in person at the Nassau Coliseum Box Office or at any Ticketmaster locations. Order your tickets online with TicketMaster On-line or charge by phone at 631-888-9000.