Heads we lose in lacrosse draft

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:04 AM ET

Bruce Urban was being a gentleman and it cost him -- twice.

The principal owner of the Edmonton Rush allowed his National Lacrosse League rival expansion team from Portland to call the coin toss for determining the order of the amateur entry and dispersal drafts during the league meetings in Las Vegas yesterday.

Portland owner Angela Batinovich won with her call of heads and her club will get first pick in either the NLL entry or dispersal draft of players from the suspended operation in Anaheim.

The still-unnamed Portland team has until June 20 to make its choice, leaving the Rush with the top pick in the other draft.

Batinovich also won a second coin toss, giving Portland the first pick in the expansion draft.

"I told her ladies first and she flipped," chuckled Urban.

"We have been told that this is going to be one of the strongest years for the (entry) draft and that whether we're picking second, third or eighth, all of those are dynamite players who are ready to play in the league.

"As for the expansion draft, we know that Toronto and Calgary both had good squads are going to have to leave some good players unprotected."

While Urban lost out on the coin-toss gamble, he didn't come away emptied handed from the Strip as he convinced the NLL to have this year's entry draft in Edmonton either during or after the Minto Cup junior 'A' national championship tournament, which runs Aug. 25-Sept. 3.

Meanwhile, A.J. Jomha, the Rush's director of lacrosse operations, has been interviewing the final three candidates for the position of head coach.

The front-runner appears to be Paul Day, who stepped down from the Rochester Knighthawks at the end of the 2005 season. Also in the hunt are Walt Christianson and Jamie Batley.


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