Langley, BC – The British Columbia lacrosse community filled the Langley Events Centre on Saturday night to see the Washington Stealth defeat the Toronto Rock 14-13 in overtime.
After falling behind 3-1, the Rock rattled off 3 goals in just over a minute as Rob Hellyer, Blaine Manning and Stephan Leblanc scored in succession to give Toronto a 4-3 lead after one quarter. Colin Doyle got the Rock scoring started in the first quarter.
Washington struck quickly to open the second quarter scoring and from there it was back and forth with several lead changes throughout the frame. Highlight reel goals came from the sticks of Colin Doyle and Kasey Beirnes who cashed in on a 70 foot bounce pass from Garrett Billings that had the crowd on their feet.
Dan Carey scored a pair of power play goals early in the third quarter to stretch the Rock lead to 10-7. The two teams exchanged goals with Colin Doyle firing home his third of the game giving the Rock an 11-8 lead through three.
The Rock built a 12-9 lead and looked in control and ready to close it out when the Stealth scored three straight goals to tie it 12-12. Langley native Garrett Billings put the Rock ahead 13-12 only to see Rhys Duch tie it moments later forcing overtime.
Just 31 seconds into overtime, Lewis Ratcliff spun and fired a shot that beat Matt Roik to give the Stealth the 14-13 overtime victory.
The Rock will continue training camp next weekend in Six Nations, Ontario. On Sunday, December 18 Toronto will play their final exhibition tune up against the Minnesota Swarm. Game time is 4pm at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Six Nations and there is no charge for admission.
On Sunday, January 8th the Calgary Roughnecks will visit Air Canada Centre as the Rock open up their 2012 season and raise their 2011 championship banner to the rafters. Season, Single Game and Group Tickets are on sale now. For more information, please contact the Rock office at 416-596-3075 or visit www.torontorock.com.