Wilson's scoring has Rock soaring

RYAN WOLSTAT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

Things sure can change quickly in the National Lacrosse League.

Just five weeks ago, the 0-4 Rock was being written off as an overrated bunch of has-beens. Since then, the team has reeled off five wins in a row and can move to the top of the East Division with a win tonight against the visiting Minnesota Swarm.

The play of forward Aaron Wilson is a big reason why the Rock has turned things around. The 25-year old scored five goals against Philadelphia last week to earn the NLL's player of the week honour. Rock coach/general manager Terry Sanderson said Wilson, the NLL's second-leading goal scorer with 27, doesn't get the respect he deserves.

"How he doesn't get more recognition, with not being selected to all-star games and things like that is beyond me," Sanderson said. "We're glad that he's a big part of our team."

The improved play in net of veteran Bob Watson also has keyed the recovery. Watson, soon to be 36, struggled to start the season, prompting whispers that he was washed up. However, he has rebounded with a number of remarkable performances during the winning streak and recently was named NLL defensive player of the week.

Goaltending also has been a major story in Minnesota where the Swarm, an expansion team last season, is 4-4.

Veteran Matt Disher, expected to be the starter entering the season, played poorly in compiling an 0-3 record and was replaced by Nick Patterson. All Patterson has done is lead the Swarm to four wins in five games, while ranking in the NLL's top three in both save percentage and goals-against average.

ROCK NOTES

Forward Matt Shearer, second in the NLL in game-winning goals, is out for up to five weeks because of a broken arm ... Fans can get their picture taken with the Champion's Cup at Gate 1 of the ACC tonight in exchange for a cash donation to the Daily Bread Food Bank.


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