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After a disappointing loss to the Philadelphia Wings in the final in 2001, the Rock were back in search of redemption in 2002. Les Bartley’s powerhouse boasted a largely unchanged lineup save for the departure of 2000 finals hero Caleb Toth. This time they faced the surprising Albany Attack who went 14-2 in only their 3rd season in the league.
This is the “forgotten” championship in the Rock’s 4 wins during their dynasty of the late 90s-early 2000s. When fans discuss this run, few ever bring this game up. It is also the only one they won on the road. You wouldn’t know it was a road game considering the fact that easily half of the 9000+ in attendance were Rock fans and the team even brought their cheerleaders to the game! This was the high water mark for the Albany Attack as they would fall to 8-8 in 2003 and become the nomads of the NLL. They would first move to San Jose, then Tacoma, then Langley, BC and eventually becoming the Vancouver Warriors. The Warriors still play today.
It was a very fun game that was back and forth all night and a must see for not only Rock fans, but all lacrosse fans. Enjoy!!
Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.
An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game 10 years ago. Through the podcasts, he made an association with Kevin Neibauer of Lax Philly, who convinced him to come on board and write for them. The rest they say is history.
Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.
In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries.
Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).
Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.