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Storm Players to Participate in World Indoor Lacrosse Championships

March 3, 2003 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - New Jersey Storm News Release

East Rutherford, NJ—Five members of the New Jersey Storm Pro Lacrosse Team will participate in the inaugural World Indoor Lacrosse Championships this Spring in Southern Ontario.

The games, which will take place from May 15-24, 2003, will be 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. With many of the players being current and former National Lacrosse League players, the tournament promises to be an impressive display of talent.

In preparation for the event, Team USA defeated Team Canada, 21-16, in the inaugural Heritage Cup in Mississauga, Ontario on October 5, 2002. The game featured professional NLL all-stars playing for their respective countries in an effort to promote this Spring’s six country event.

The following is a current list of Storm players who have been named to their respective countries’ rosters.

Iroquois Nation

Forward Cam Bomberry: Last season’s leading scorer for the Storm with 45 points (17G, 28A), Bomberry has been a true force on the offensive side of the ball over the last two seasons. A former NCAA National Champion at Nazareth College and three-time All-American, the Six Nations, Ontario resident has previously been a member of both the Canadian National Team in 1988 and Iroquois National Field Team in 1990, 1994 and 1998. Currently, the 5’10 forward has played in all 11 games this season for the Storm, ranking third in team scoring with 27 points (13G, 14A) and picking up 47 loose balls.

Forward Mike Benedict: A proven scorer and first-year Stormer, Benedict has amassed 18 points (5G, 13A) while placing third in total assists. The eight-year veteran has been a member of seven separate NLL teams while averaging 20 goals a season since 1998. “Magic” has also won a MILL Championship with Rochester. Along with teammates Cam and Tim Bomberry, Benedict has also played for the Iroquois National Field Team in 1994 and 1998.

Defenseman Tim Bomberry: A recent free-agent acquisition for the New Jersey, Bomberry earned Storm Game MVP honors in just his first game while wearing the Storm colors last Friday night against Albany. Prior to joining New Jersey, the 6’2 Six Nations, Ontario resident spent the 1999 season with the Buffalo Bandits, appearing in three games.

Australia

Defenseman Gordon Purdie: A native of Melbourne, Australia, Purdie has played 12 seasons of professional indoor lacrosse, playing in 109 games. Currently in his second year as a member of the Storm, the 5’8 defenseman has taken the bulk of face-offs, winning 143 draws while placing tops in loose balls with 73. Purdie has been a member of the Australian National Field Team in 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002. This spring he will serve as alternate captain for the Australian club.

United States

Forward Roy Colsey: An off-season acquisition for the Storm, Colsey has led the team in scoring all year, currently with 44 points (26G, 18A) to his credit. A former four-time All-American at Syracuse University, “Rocket” led the NLL in goals in 2000-2001 while placing fifth last season with 47. Colsey was a member of the United States National Indoor Lacrosse Team that defeated Team Canada in the Heritage Cup in October. The 6’0 South Salem, NY resident also won a 1997 MILL Championship with Rochester. New Jersey’s alternate captain, Colsey was named as the Storm’s January Player of the Month.

For more information on the New Jersey Storm log on to njstorm.com or call 1-866-NJ STORM. New Jersey’s next home game at the Continental Airlines Arena features the Ottawa Rebel on Saturday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m. The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a free Storm T-shirt courtesy of Shamrock Lacrosse. For tickets call (201) 507-8900, log on to Ticketmaster.com, or go to any Ticketmaster location or the Arena box office.

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