Oakville, ON – The Toronto Rock (11-4) will host the Vancouver Stealth (4-9) on ‘Lacrosse Night In Canada’ on Friday night at 7:30pm at Air Canada Centre. This is the second and final meeting of the season between the two teams and fans can watch live on TSN.ca and TSN GO.
The first meeting of the season was all the way back on the second weekend of the season in Langley, BC. Toronto’s offence was firing on all cylinders and scored a 2015 team-high 20 goals in a 20-11 win over the Stealth.
“It has been a long time,” said Rock Head Coach John Lovell of the amount of time that has passed since the two teams have played. “They have a great offensive group. We have a lot of respect for the way they move the ball and the way they can shoot the ball, so we have to be prepared defensively and on top of our game. They play pretty hard at the back end as well, so it’s going to be a difficult game. They’re fighting to try and get into the playoffs, so there’s a lot on the line for both teams.”
The Rock have clinched a playoff berth and by way of Buffalo’s loss last Saturday night to New England, Toronto is also guaranteed of finishing no worse than second in the East Division. That means the Rock will host at least one playoff game at Air Canada Centre.
“We still think we have a legitimate shot at first place and we know we have to win our games to take care of that and hope for some help. I think it’s important for us to play hard and as well as we can to get ready for the playoffs,” said Lovell.
One of the most significant changes on the Vancouver side of things is the addition of offensive lefty Logan Schuss. The BC native and former first overall NLL Draft pick was acquired at the trade deadline from Minnesota in exchange for Johnny Powless.
Toronto’s big trade deadline acquisition Kevin Crowley will be playing in his second game in a Rock uniform and he’ll also go into this game having had a full practice his new teammates.
“I love the team, I love the guys I’m playing with,” said Crowley. “It’s about building that chemistry as quickly as possible. Having a game and a practice under my belt, I’ll feel even more comfortable than last week.”
The Rock are at home again next Friday night when they host the New England Black Wolves at 7:30pm at Air Canada Centre. It’s Toronto Sun fan Appreciation and Autograph Night. For the BEST ticket in town and more information, please visit torontorock.com or call 416-596-3075.