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Encyclopedia > Albany Attack
Albany Attack
Image:AlbanyAttack.gif
Division Central
Played 2000-2003
Home arena Pepsi Arena
Based in Albany, New York
Colors Navy Blue, Columbia Blue, Silver, White
Championships
Division Championships 2002
Later San Jose Stealth

The Albany Attack was the name of a franchise which played in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) from the 2000 season through the 2003 season. The Attack played in the Pepsi Arena in Albany, New York (not to be confused with the Pepsi Center, in Denver, Colorado). After the 2003 season, the franchise was sold and moved to San Jose, California and renamed the San Jose Stealth. Albany Attack nll File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The 2000 National Lacrosse League season began on January 7, 2000 and concluded with the championship game on May 6, 2000. ... The 2003 National Lacrosse League season began on December 27, 2002 and concluded with the championship game on May 3, 2003. ... The Pepsi Arena is an indoor arena located in Albany, New York, with a maximum seating capacity of 17,500 for sporting events. ... Flag Seal Location Location in Albany County and the State of New York Coordinates , Government Country   State     County United States   New York     Albany Founded Incorporated 1614 1686 Mayor Gerald D. Jennings Geographical characteristics Area     City 56. ... The 2002 National Lacrosse League season began on November 16, 2001 and concluded with the championship game on April 13, 2002. ... The San Jose Stealth are a member of the National Lacrosse League, a professional sports league in North America. ... Old MILL logo The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is the professional league of mens indoor lacrosse in North America. ... The 2000 National Lacrosse League season began on January 7, 2000 and concluded with the championship game on May 6, 2000. ... The 2003 National Lacrosse League season began on December 27, 2002 and concluded with the championship game on May 3, 2003. ... The Pepsi Arena is an indoor arena located in Albany, New York, with a maximum seating capacity of 17,500 for sporting events. ... Flag Seal Location Location in Albany County and the State of New York Coordinates , Government Country   State     County United States   New York     Albany Founded Incorporated 1614 1686 Mayor Gerald D. Jennings Geographical characteristics Area     City 56. ... Pepsi Center is an arena located in Denver, Colorado, USA. The building is home to the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Mammoth and Colorado Crush. ... Nickname: The Mile-High City Location of Denver in Colorado, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Colorado City-County Denver (coextensive) Founded November 22, 1858 Incorporated November 7, 1861 Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) Area    - City 401. ... Nickname: Capital of Silicon Valley Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California. ... The San Jose Stealth are a member of the National Lacrosse League, a professional sports league in North America. ...

Contents

All time Record

Season Division W-L Finish Home Road GF GA Playoffs
2000   6-6 T-5th 4-2 2-4 169 160 Missed playoffs
2001   5-9 7th 3-4 2-5 152 169 Missed playoffs
2002 Central 14-2 1st 7-1 7-1 250 194 Lost Championship
2003 Central 8-8 T-7th 4-4 4-4 198 191 Missed playoffs
Total 4 seasons 33-25   18-11 15-14 769 714  

The 2000 National Lacrosse League season began on January 7, 2000 and concluded with the championship game on May 6, 2000. ... The 2001 National Lacrosse League season began on December 21, 2000 and concluded with the championship game on April 27, 2001. ... The 2002 National Lacrosse League season began on November 16, 2001 and concluded with the championship game on April 13, 2002. ... The 2003 National Lacrosse League season began on December 27, 2002 and concluded with the championship game on May 3, 2003. ...

Playoff Results

Season Game Visiting Home
2002 Semifinals Rochester 10 Albany 14
Championships Toronto 13 Albany 12

The 2002 National Lacrosse League season began on November 16, 2001 and concluded with the championship game on April 13, 2002. ...

2002 Highlights

The 2002 Albany Attack team was the most successful Attack team during the franchise's four years in Albany, NY. It is the only Attack team to have made the NLL playoffs. (Note: The San Jose Stealth made the NLL playoffs in their inaugural season, 2003–2004.) The team went 14-2 in the regular season winning the Central Division championship, and went 15-3 overall having lost to the Toronto Rock in the 2002 NLL Champion's Cup Game in Albany. The 2002 National Lacrosse League season began on November 16, 2001 and concluded with the championship game on April 13, 2002. ... The San Jose Stealth are a member of the National Lacrosse League, a professional sports league in North America. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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  • Before the season began, Head Coach Terry Sanderson left the Albany Attack to become the Head Coach of the expansion Montréal Express. He was replaced by Bob McMahon.
  • With a regular season record of 14–2, and overall record of 15–3, the Albany Attack established new NLL records for most regular season wins and most overall wins.
  • Forward Josh Sanderson established a new NLL record for Most Assists (68). (Update: In the 2005 season, Sanderson, now with the Toronto Rock, broke his own record and accumulated 71 assists.)
  • The Attack finished first in the Central Division, one game ahead of the Rochester Knighthawks who had finished with a regular season record of 13–3, the second best in the NLL that season.
  • In the playoffs, the Albany Attack (the #1 seed) had a bye during the first round. They then hosted and defeated the Rochester Knighthawks (the #4 seed), 14–10, in a semifinal game with an attendance of 5074. On April 13, 2002, the Albany Attack hosted the #2 seed Toronto Rock for the Champion's Cup, but they lost to Toronto by a score of 13–12 in front of 9289 fans.
  • Head Coach Bob McMahon was named NLL Head Coach of the Year.[1]
  • Goalie Rob Blasdell was named 2002 Goalie of the Year.[2]
  • Forward Josh Sanderson and Goalie Rob Blasdell were selected to the NLL All-Pro First Team.[3]
  • Five Albany Attack players were selected to play on the South Team of the 2002 NLL All-Star Game: Rob Blasdell (G, starter), Cam Woods (D, starter), Jim Moss (D), Josh Sanderson (F, starter), and Gary Rosyski (F). The Head Coach of the South Team was the Albany Attack Head Coach, Bob McMahon.

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Attendance problems

For various reasons, the Albany Attack were plagued by poor attendance most of their existence with average attendances in the 3000–4000 range which was not enough for the franchise to be profitable.


On June 14, 2001, Albany Attack owner Herb Chorbajian, a banker with CharterOne Bank, and Albany River Rats owner Walter Robb announced an agreement in which Robb would purchase a minority equity share in the Albany Attack. Given both teams played in the Pepsi Arena, the purpose of the agreement was to establish marketing and promotional synergy.[4] June 14 is the 165th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (166th in leap years), with 200 days remaining. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... For other uses, see Bank (disambiguation). ... The Albany River Rats are an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. ... The Pepsi Arena is an indoor arena located in Albany, New York, with a maximum seating capacity of 17,500 for sporting events. ...


Despite the agreement, the Albany Attack was still not profitable so, throughout the 2001–2002 season, Herb Chorbajian considered selling the Albany Attack. However, the success of the playoffs encouraged him to keep the team for another season. Furthermore, in the summer of 2002, the Albany Attack Pack, the Official Fan Club of the Albany Attack, was created by several fans with hopes of improving attendance.

Bob McMahon (left) and Herb Chorbajian after the final Albany Attack game.(Albany defeated the Vancouver Ravens in Albany on April 13, 2003.)
Bob McMahon (left) and Herb Chorbajian after the final Albany Attack game.
(Albany defeated the Vancouver Ravens in Albany on April 13, 2003.)

In the 2002–2003 season, according to Albany Attack General Manager Michael DeRossi, season ticket sales did go up considerably over the previous season, but the marketing effort actually decreased. Furthermore, the Attack went only 2–6 in their first eight games, losing all four home games to that point. While the Attack did have a second half record of 6–2, they never recovered enough to return to the playoffs nor did they have sufficient attendance to be profitable. Image File history File links Herb_and_Bob_McMahon_TN_cropped. ... Image File history File links Herb_and_Bob_McMahon_TN_cropped. ... The Vancouver Ravens were a member of the National Lacrosse League (NLL), a professional sports league in North America, from the 2001-2002 to the 2003-2004 season. ... April 13 is the 103rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (104th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The term general manager is a title used by an executive in a business operation, although the duties of the position vary according to the context. ...


Move to San Jose

With no significant improvement in attendance throughout the 2002–2003 season, the Albany Attack were destined to be a financial loss for a fourth consecutive year. During that season, there were numerous rumors that Mr. Chorbajian was going to sell the franchise, in particular to a group from San Jose, California. Nickname: Capital of Silicon Valley Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California. ... This article is becoming very long. ...


On June 9, 2003, the rumors were confirmed when an announcement was made that the Albany Attack franchise was sold and relocated to San Jose, CA[5] where it is currently (as of 2006) located. Mr. Chorbajian retained a share in the franchise. June 9 is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (161st in leap years), with 205 days remaining. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


During the summer of 2003, the new owners had a "Name the Team Contest" and, on September 16, 2003, the winner, a high school sophomore from San Jose, elected to officially rename[6] the team the San Jose Stealth. September 16 is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The San Jose Stealth are a member of the National Lacrosse League, a professional sports league in North America. ...

Jerseys of the Albany Attack franchise (1999-2003) of the National Lacrosse League. The dark jersey was traditionally the road jersey; the light jersey was traditionally the home jersey. The jerseys were manufactured by ProJoy.
Jerseys of the Albany Attack franchise (1999-2003) of the National Lacrosse League. The dark jersey was traditionally the road jersey; the light jersey was traditionally the home jersey. The jerseys were manufactured by ProJoy.

Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (967x604, 89 KB)Jerseys of the Albany Attack franchise (1999-2003) of the National Lacrosse League. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (967x604, 89 KB)Jerseys of the Albany Attack franchise (1999-2003) of the National Lacrosse League. ...

External links


National Lacrosse League
East Division: Buffalo Bandits | Chicago Shamrox | Minnesota Swarm | New York Titans | Philadelphia Wings | Rochester Knighthawks | Toronto Rock
West Division: Arizona Sting | Calgary Roughnecks | Colorado Mammoth | Edmonton Rush | Portland LumberJax | San Jose Stealth
NLL Awards: Champion's Cup | Most Valuable Player | Rookie of the Year | Defenseman of the Year | Goaltender of the Year | Sportsmanship Award | Les Bartley Award | GM of the Year | Executive of the Year
NLL Articles: All-Star Game | Players' Association | Family relations | Hall of Fame | Season reviews | Former teams
Related Articles: Box lacrosse | Lacrosse | Major League Lacrosse
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