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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!!