Storm Loses Fifth Straight, Capicchioni makes history
DENVER, COLORADO - Late Saturday night, Ginny Capicchioni become the first female athlete to ever suit up for a regular season contest in a major men's professional team sport and her New Jersey Storm indoor lacrosse team suffered a 16-14 loss to the Colorado Mammoth in front of 16,735 at the Pepsi Center.
The Storm, who fall to (2-6) on the season with their fifth straight loss, remain in third place in the National Lacrosse League's Eastern Division while Colorado (4-3) strengthens its hold on the top spot in the East.
Despite taking a 9-3 lead into the half, the Storm would let Colorado back into the game and eventually suffer a game-winning goal by Colorado forward Brian Langtry at 6:31 of the fourth quarter.
Capicchioni, a former all-star lacrosse and field hockey goalie at Sacred Heart University, played in three pre-season contests for New Jersey and has been on the active roster for the entire season. The NLL allows 23 players on a team's active roster with 17 dressing for each game. This was the first game that Capicchioni was in uniform and available to enter the game, she did not see action.
Headlining the Storm's offensive surge was rookie forward Mark Morley (4G, 1A) and forward Roy Colsey (2G, 3A). Goaltender Derek General suffered the loss in net despite stopping making 37 saves on 53 shots faced.
For the Mammoth, who improve to (4-0) at home this season, forward Gary Gait (3G, 4A) was tops in scoring with a seven-point performance. Net minder Erik Miller notched the win in goal with 23 saves on 37 shots faced.
The Storm returns to action next Friday night when they travel to Columbus and the Nationwide Arena for a 7:30 p.m. match up with the Landsharks. The Storm will be looking to stop their current losing skid and avenge a heartbreaking 10-9 home opening defeat to Columbus on January 5, 2003.
The Storm's next home game is Friday, February 28, 2003 against the Albany Attack at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for all Storm home games can be obtained by calling (201) 507-8900, in-person at the Continental Airlines Arena box office or any Ticketmaster location, or online via Ticketmaster.com. For more information call 1-866-NJ STORM.
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National Lacrosse League Stories from February 9, 2003
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