The San Jose Stealth have earned the third seed in the National Lacrosse League West Division with a 7-9 record during the 2009 regular season. The first round playoff date has been set for May 1, when the Stealth travel to Portland, Ore. to take on the second seed Lumberjax (9-7) at the Rose Garden Arena.
It is the third straight playoff appearance for the Stealth, and the second playoff meeting in a row between the Stealth and the Lumberjax. Portland spoiled the Stealth’s 2008 playoffs with an 18-16 victory at the HP Pavilion. Portland went on to the Champion’s Cup, losing to the Buffalo Bandits 14-13.
This season, the teams met three times with Portland winning twice. The Lumberjax won 16-13 on February 7 at the Rose Garden in their first meeting. The teams reconvened for a home-and-home weekend on March 28 and 29. Portland had to come back to win 14-12 at the HP Pavilion on March 28, but the Stealth bounced back to dominate in a 13-8 win in Portland the following day.
In the other West Division Semifinal game, #1 Calgary will play host to #4 Colorado at the Pengrowth Saddledome Sunday, May 3. The winner of that game will take on the winner of the San Jose/Portland game.
The game at the Rose garden Arena is scheduled to start at 7:30pm PT. Tickets start at just $10 and can be purchased over the phone by calling the Jax ticket line at 1-866-983-5656, at the Rose Quarter Box Office or through most TicketsWest Outlets. The game can be seen live on the NLL Network at NLL.com.