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Storm Make History, Lose Season Finale 18-9

April 13, 2003 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - New Jersey Storm News Release

East Rutherford, NJ- The New Jersey Storm (3-13) and female goaltender Ginny Capicchioni officially made history today when the Oradell, NJ native became the first woman to ever play in a professional men's team sporting event in the United States. The 23-year old goalie stopped seven shots and allowed six goals today against the Vancouver Ravens (9-7) in an 18-9 loss for the Storm's season finale at the Continental Airlines Arena.

The former three-time Northeast Conference Lacrosse "Goalie of the Year" at Sacred Heart University, Capicchioni played in all three Storm pre-season games and dressed for two regular season games at Colorado and Buffalo before seeing her first action of the season today in the second and fourth quarters for a total of 11:20 of game action.

"I worked very hard to get this opportunity, I wish for the team's sake that I would have played better, I hope to play this summer in Canada and continue to improve," Capicchioni stated shortly after her first game in between the pipes, "I'm not giving up."

Leading the Storm's offensive surge was forward Mark Morley (3G). Scott Stewart (2G, 1A) and Cam Bomberry (1G, 2A) each chipped in with four points.

With the victory, Vancouver clinches a wild card spot in the upcoming NLL playoffs. Forward Chris Gill was tops for all Vancouver scorers with four goals and two assists.

Storm net minder Derek General suffered the loss despite making 42 saves, while goalie Dwight Maetche stopped 26 Storm shots to record the victory.

After falling to the New York Saints last night on Long Island by the score of 13-11 and today's loss, the Storm finish their second season (3-13) and tied for third place in the Eastern Division with New York for the second consecutive season. The New Jersey Storm completed their second season in the National Lacrosse League. For more information on the New Jersey Storm log on to njstorm.com or call 1-866-NJ STORM

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