The school of Rock

RYAN WOLSTAT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:55 AM ET

Toronto Rock star Colin Doyle travels to Buffalo twice a week to study to be a teacher, but he hopes his Rock can school the Buffalo Bandits tonight.

Doyle and the Rock take on Buffalo for the third time this season at the HSBC Arena. Toronto has lost both of the previous encounters.

Doyle, the National Lacrosse League's second leading scorer, attends D'Youville College in Buffalo from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays. When he is finished his program, he will spend four months teaching in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

Teaching seems to be a natural fit for many professional lacrosse players. Rock captain Jim Veltman teaches phys-ed at Agincourt Collegiate, Bandits forward John Tavares, who became the NLL's all-time leading scorer last week, does the same at Philip Pocock and Doyle's long-time teammate Glenn Clark, now with Philadelphia, also is a teacher. According to Doyle, Veltman and Clark often talked highly about the profession, piquing his interest. "The more time you spend in lacrosse circles, the more you feel like teaching is a really good option to have," Doyle said. "I've done (lacrosse) camps for seven years now and I really enjoy teaching and working with kids." Doyle chose D'Youville because of the flexibility it provided him and because other NLL stars like Tavares and high scoring forwards Shawn Williams and John Grant of the Rochester Knighthawks spoke highly of the school. Oddly, some of the NLL's peak performers like the aforementioned and Andrew Turner, the reigning NLL defensive player of the year, attended the school.

"I can't explain why the top ones go, but it's a great program, a good learning environment," Doyle said.

Tonight's game could have major playoff implications for the East Division, where every team is currently at or above .500. Buffalo, Toronto and Philadelphia currently sit a game behind division leader Rochester in the standings.

"The way the league's going right now, the winner of our division might even be 9-7," Buffalo head coach Darris Kilgour said earlier this week.

The top two East squads will host a home playoff date.

The Rock's six game winning streak was snapped last Saturday in Philadelphia.


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