Opponent: New York Saints

Where: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y.

When: 7: 30

Radio: WCBM (680 AM)

Outlook: The National Lacrosse League-leading Thunder (3-0) proved it is more than just a one-man attack last week at Buffalo. With superstar Gary Gait suffering from stomach flu, Joe Hiltz picked up the slack, scoring seven goals to go along with two assists in a 22-15 victory. Three other Thunder players recorded three goals or more, including Gait, who scored three times. The Thunder has the NLL's top three scorers in Gait, Hiltz and Matt Shearer and is averaging 21 goals per game. The Saints (1-0) have been idle since a win in Rochester on Dec. 26. New York leads the series with the Thunder, 12-11, and has won eight of 11 contests against the Thunder at Nassau Coliseum. However, the Thunder prevailed in the last regular-season meeting between the teams last year, eliminating the Saints from the playoffs. The Saints have one of the best combinations in the NLL in attackman Mark Millon and goalkeeper Sal LoCascio. Pub Date: 1/23/99

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