Vancouver, BC (Friday, March 31, 2017) – The Vancouver Stealth (6-8) defeated the Toronto Rock (8-6) on Friday night, 14-11.
The Stealth found themselves in a familiar position against the Toronto Rock, down at the half. But that was the tale of the first thirty minutes. The second half was a whole different animal where Vancouver went on a seven-goal run to take the lead.
The Stealth were led by Jordan Durston who had three assists to go along with a hat trick which included a pair of highlight reel goals.
“ Lacrosse is a game of runs, you need to stick with your systems and hopefully everything works out ,” said Jordan Durston. “ Going into Toronto last week, (I think) we should have gotten the win. But there are four games left in the regular season and we are pushing for a playoff berth, so this win is huge .”
The defense was the catalyst in the win for Vancouver. Pete McFetridge, Curtis Hodgson, and Matt Beers all tallied on the scoresheet with a goal. Meanwhile, Joel McCready willed his way to a pair, Rhys Duch and Logan Schuss had four points, Cory Conway had a goal and two assists and Corey Small padded his NLL scoring lead with a 7-point game.
“ I have never really had a year like this, so I am not really used to this kind of attention,” said Corey Small. “ Those crucial goals in the third and fourth came from the energy of the fans. They have always been great to us, but tonight it was a whole other level. We have two more games at home and this puts us one step closer to the playoffs. ”
Rhys Duch entered NLL game 144 and left with his 800th career point after dishing to Corey Small for the game winning goal.
“I wouldn’t even call this a milestone, I think it is a cool feat but I plan on being in this league for a long time ,” said Rhys Duch. “ We should not be talking about my 800th but rather the fact that we won and that keeps us in the driver’s seat for our playoff position. ”
The Stealth hold the third and final playoff spot in the West Division. They look to maintain their lead over Calgary as they visit the Saskatchewan Rush on April 8, 2017 in the NLL Twitter Game of the Week. Vancouver returns home on April 15, 2017, when they go head-to-head with Calgary. Tickets are available at the Langley Events Centre Box Office at 604-882-8800, or Ticket Rocket.co.
About the National Lacrosse League:
The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America’s premier professional indoor lacrosse league. Founded in 1986, the NLL ranks third in average attendance for pro indoor sports worldwide, behind only the NHL and NBA. The League is comprised of nine franchises across the United States and Canada: Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, New England Black Wolves, Rochester Knighthawks, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock and Vancouver Stealth.