The defending National Lacrosse League champion Washington Stealth defeated the Colorado Mammoth 15-13 in a scrimmage at the Comcast Arena Saturday Night. The two teams played six, twelve-minute quarters giving Stealth Head Coach Chris Hall the opportunity to look at all 36 players that were invited to Stealth preseason training camp.
“Tonight was good for us,” said Hall following the scrimmage. “It gave the guys an opportunity to get more comfortable with one another and gave the coaches the chance to see the new guys in a game situation. We have a better sense of what we need to work on before the season gets underway.”
In the first three periods, forwards Rhys Duch, Luke Wiles and Jeff Zywicki paced the Stealth with two goals apiece as the Stealth rallied back from an early 3-1 deficit to take a 6-4 lead. Stealth goaltender Tyler Richards was stellar between the pipes, making 17 saves in 24 minutes of action early on.
The Stealth extended their lead to 11-5 midway through the fifth period, due in large part to a hat trick by second-year forward Kory Kowalyk. He finished the contest with four goals.
The Mammoth went on a five-goal run to cut the Stealth lead to just one goal, but three more Stealth tallies made the score 14-10 and the defending champs never looked back. Matt Roik closed out the game in goal with 16 saves in the final two periods.
Colorado was led by rookie Ned Crotty, who finished with three goals and two assists in the loss.
The Stealth and Mammoth won’t have to wait long for a rematch, the teams square off in the 2011 season opener at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., on January 8. The Stealth returns home the following evening to take on the Calgary Roughnecks at the Comcast Arena.
Tickets for the 2011 season are on sale now and available by calling 877-MY-75-TIX or at www.stealthlax.com.