Offensive Dynamo Hopes To Rejoin The Team This Weekend
Oakville, ON – Toronto Rock forward Tom Schreiber is very close to returning and could do so as early as the Rock’s next game, Sunday afternoon in Georgia against the Swarm. Schreiber has missed the last six games after suffering a partially torn PCL in his left knee on Feb. 10 against Rochester.
Last week, Schreiber tested the knee several times but as a precautionary measure, the Rock and Schreiber’s medical staff decided it would be best to wait at least one more week until he returns.
“It is frustrating being unable to play, but my mindset throughout this entire process is to control what I can control,” said Schreiber. “I hope to play lacrosse for a long time and we are going to be smart about returning to the floor.”
The Rock will practice on Thursday night and Schreiber will engage in a full practice with his teammates for the first time since the injury. At that point, the medical staffs involved will make a decision on whether or not the reigning NLL Rookie of the Year will play on Sunday afternoon in Georgia.
“I hope to be ready for this weekend,” explained Schreiber. “After this week’s practice we will have a better idea as to where I’m at and the possibility of playing this weekend.”
Schreiber’s return may be coming at the perfect time, as the Rock offence will be looking for a shot in the arm after the forwards failed to score a single goal in Friday’s 11-7 loss to Colorado. The loss dropped Toronto into a third place tie at 7-7 with Georgia. If you’re the Rock, it would certainly be nice to jump a full game in front of the Swarm with a win as Georgia already holds the season series head to head tiebreaker over Toronto with wins in each of the first two meetings between the two teams this season. Sunday’s matchup will be the third and final meeting between the Rock and Swarm in the regular season.
“I’m not concerned about any additional pressure,” said Schreiber when asked about the spotlight being a little brighter on his possible return given the Rock’s recent struggles against Colorado. “It is playoff time for every team in the East. The stakes are elevated for everyone.”
When Schreiber was injured, he was the consensus mid-season MVP pick amongst NLL media and fans alike. Through eight games, he has scored 19 goals, 30 assists and 49 points, which equates to a 6.13 points per game average. To put things in perspective, at that pace, had Schreiber stayed healthy he would have 86 points through 14 games and sit third in NLL scoring. He would be only 5 points back of Buffalo’s Dhane Smith who leads the league with 91 points, but the Bandits have played one more game than the Rock.
The Rock will return home on Friday, Apr. 13 for another huge East Division matchup against the Rochester Knighthawks. For more information on Toronto Rock tickets, please visit torontorock.com/tickets or call 416-596-3075.