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Eight Stormers Compete in World Championships

May 23, 2003 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - New Jersey Storm News Release

East Rutherford, NJ - After completing their second season of National Lacrosse League (NLL) play, eight New Jersey Storm team members have gone to Canada to compete for their national pride in the inaugural World Indoor Lacrosse Championships (WILC).

The games, which commenced on May 15 and finish on May 24, are being played at four different venues throughout Ontario, and feature all-star teams from Canada, Australia, Czech Republic, Scotland, Iroquois Nation, and the United States.

Sanctioned by the International Lacrosse Federation, the WILC 2003 is being spearheaded by the Ontario Lacrosse Association (O.L.A.), a member of the Canadian Lacrosse Association, with four games being televised nationally on Rogers Sportsnet. Storm General Manager Jim Brady is co-convener of the event.

The following is an update on each of the eight Stormers and their respective countries.

Iroquois Nation:

Forward Cam Bomberry: With 30 points (14G, 16A) this past season for the Storm, the 5'10 Ohsweken, Ontario resident has currently registered 17 points (7G, 10A) in four games played for the Iroquois Nation. In addition, he has helped lead his squad to a (4-1) record and second place standing.

Defender Tim Bomberry: A late season addition for the Storm, Bomberry has led a tough Iroquois defense, one that has only suffered an average of 10.4 goals per game. The 6'2 Six Nations resident has also scored one goal and added three assists for his club.

Goaltender Derek General: After a stellar NLL season between the pipes for New Jersey this past season, "Chico" has continued his impressive play for the Iroquois' with a total of 79 saves in all five games.

Forward Neal Powless: A mid-season acquisition for the Storm, Powless has recovered nicely from a wrist injury to place third in total scoring for the Iroquois Nation with 31 points (17G, 14A).

United States:

Defender Dan Leidl: After playing in half of the Storm contests this past season and registering one assist, the Long Valley, NJ native has traded in his New Jersey colors for the Red, White and Blue of the United States. Currently the United States sits in fourth place with a record of (2-3) with Leidl playing in two contests for the Americans.

Forward Brian O'Keefe: Another mid-season acquisition for the Storm, O'Keefe came on strong in the latter part of the season this year with seven points (3G, 4A) in just five games. The 6'0 Syosset, NY native has tallied seven points (2G, 5A) for the United States.

Defender Paul Talmo: This season's assistant captain Paul Talmo has joined forces with his fellow Storm teammates to allow an average of just 13 goals per game for the Americans.

Australia:

Defender Gordon Purdie: Known for his tenacious defense Gordon Purdie led all Australian scorers with a total of 22 points (6G, 16A). The 12-year NLL veteran took the majority of the face-offs for his squad as well while helping lead the club to a fifth place finish with a combined record of (2-4).

For more information on the WILC go to www.WorldIndoorLacrosse.com.

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