The Stealth used a six-week break from home turf – and a two hour delay – to get back to .500 by defeating the Edmonton Rush on Saturday, 12-11. Their attention now turns to the Calgary Roughnecks who invade HP Pavilion on Saturday, March 18 at 7:30pm.
The game against Calgary can’t have come at a better time as the Stealth are chasing them in the West Division standings. The victory against Edmonton now has the Stealth (4-4) just one half game back of first place, which is now filled with Calgary, Arizona and Portland.
Winners of two in a row, the Stealth have redeveloped an offensive swagger. They have scored 12 goals in each of the past two contests and have received solid play from Jeff Zywicki and Gary Rosyski, both of whom have posted nine points in the last two games.
The Stealth also acquired two new players prior to the Edmonton game in Luke Wiles and Chad Thompson. Both players were acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Wings and each contributed to the Stealth’s success on Friday. Wiles posted four points and Thompson provided a defensive spark picking up three loose balls.
Wiles, selected fourth overall in the 2005 NLL Entry Draft, has posted 23 points (10 goals and 13 assists) in only nine games this season. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound forward had a strong summer for the Barrie Lakeshores of the Ontario Lacrosse Association. He was fourth in the league in points with 74 which was more than current NLL stars Josh Sanderson and fellow first round draft pick Dan Carey.
Thompson, selected ninth overall in the 2005 NLL Entry Draft, has posted 8 points (three goals and five assists) and collected 13 loose balls this season. Over the summer, in the Ontario Lacrosse Association, he scored 55 points (26 goals and 29 assists) in 21 games for the Orillia Kings.
The team appears to be hitting its stride at the right time. With four teams from the Western Division making the playoffs this year, it will be a heated battle for those spots.
Don’t miss any of the hard hitting lacrosse action at the HP Pavilion. Tickets are still available at Tickemaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 409-999-5700, 408-998-TIXS, 510-625-TIXS or at the HP Pavilion box office.
March 18 Disco Night
Break out the go-go boots, bring the bell bottoms, and get ready to dance Disco! During the March 18 Stealth game against the Calgary Roughnecks, several sections of the upper concourse will be reserved for “The Lounge,” the place to be during the lacrosse game. Mix 106.5 Morning Personalities Bill & Marla will be providing Disco music and looking out for the best costumes.
Registration must be completed before halftime for participants wishing to compete in the costume contest. Winners will be crowned at halftime, with the first place winner receiving $1,000, second place receiving $500 and third place receiving $250.
The after-party will commence following the Stealth game at Score’s Sports Bar, with free admission and a special drink to those with a Stealth ticket.
Don’t miss out on the chance to party like it’s the 197o’s with San Jose Stealth lacrosse and Mix 106.5.
March 31 Ladies Night
Ladies! Come on out to the March 31 Stealth game for Ladies Night all night. The festivities begin with a MALE wet T-shirt contest hosted by Sterling, Alive Mid-Day DJ. The winner will receive a Stealth jersey.
During the game, there will be a designated “Ladies Lounge” with $2 beers and fruity drinks, along with prize pack handouts. Every lady visiting the lounge will receive a raffle ticket for the ability to win a gamut of prizes, such as a spa gift certificate.
The entire game will be devoted to lacrosse-loving ladies, so join the Stealth as they take on the Buffalo Bandits at 7:30 at HP Pavilion in San Jose.