Glorious opportunity

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:34 AM ET

With only seconds remaining, Jesse Phillips had the opportunity to immortalize himself in lacrosse lore. Instead, the Calgary Roughneck and first-time western all-star fired right into the goalie's basket, which ended up being the turning point in yesterday's 11-10 overtime victory for the Eastern Division all-stars.

"That's all that was left?" said Phillips when told of the 40 seconds remaining to seal the win for his selects squad.

"I thought (Jim) Moss was going to put it in the net. The ball just somehow rebounded onto my stick but (Dallas Eliuk) just got over and stopped it."

Had it been for the NLL championship title, Phillips would've been upset about not putting his team ahead. However, the 6-ft. 1-in., 210-lb. defender was just happy to be competing in his first all-star affair.

"My only goal is to get us back to the championship this year and win that again," said Phillips.

"It's just a game, just a goal. It would have been nice to get it. I'm a little disappointed that I didn't score but I guess that's lacrosse."

Phillips, 29, was one of five Riggers who laced up for the West team. Other than captain Tracey Kelusky and Kaleb Toth, who were taking part in their second straight all-star game, forward Lewis Ratcliff and defender Craig Gelsvik joined Phillips as the rookies on the floor.

Ratcliff, 23, hooked up with Kelusky and Toth for his only goal of the game -- a special moment.

"All the red helmets were around the net for about two minutes before we finally buried it," said Ratcliff. "I think I took a bad shot, so Tracey was kind of chirping me on the floor."


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