Underdog moniker passed on

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:51 AM ET

Cinderella stories are rife in sports lore.

Last season, the Calgary Roughnecks -- in only their third season -- wore the glass slipper as they shocked the lacrosse world by winning the National Lacrosse League championship.

The Riggers entered the playoffs as the third seed in the West but beat the San Jose Stealth and the Colorado Mammoth before upending the Buffalo Bandits in the league final at the Saddledome.

Tonight, the Riggers host the Arizona Sting in the NLL West Division final, playing a team that has inherited their shiny footwear.

While the Sting finished second in the West ahead of Colorado this season, they were still considered the underdogs in the post-season.

Arizona beat Colorado 16-13 in the West semifinal last weekend and meet the Roughnecks with the odds stacked against them.

Roughnecks forward Kaleb Toth agrees there are parallels to be drawn between the clubs' unlikely playoff runs.

"They are a similar team to us from last year," said Toth. "They're young, they have good talented guys and they're gelling really well as a team, which is always important but especially at playoff time. They're a tight unit, like we were last year."

Sting defender Troy Bonterre said while Arizona is playing the role of the underdog, there are differences from last season's Roughnecks squad.

"Calgary had a lot more experience last year," he said. "But, like Calgary last year, we're hungry. We have that in common."


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