National Lacrosse League team moves to Albany, New York


ALBANY, N.Y. — The New England Black Wolves of the National Lacrosse League are relocating to Albany, New York, the league announced Tuesday.

The franchise played six seasons at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. It was sold to a group headed by Oliver Marti, a former league player and two-time All-American at Brown in the 1990s. Mike French, a three-time All-American at Cornell in the mid-1970s, Brad Brewster and Ted Goldthorpe will retain a minority stake. The team will play its home games at Times Union Center in downtown Albany.

The NLL canceled its 2020 season last April because of the novel coronavirus. The league initially planned a shortened season this year beginning in April, but that also was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. A traditional season is scheduled to begin in the fall.

The franchise’s move marks the return of box lacrosse to the Albany area for the first time in nearly two decades. The Albany Attack left the area in 2003 after four seasons because of decreasing attendance.

The league includes several former stars from the University at Albany. Among them are Lyle Thompson, the all-time leading scorer in Division I history, his brother Miles, as well as high-scoring attackman Connor Fields and goalie Blaze Riorden.

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