Rock dead last

RYAN WOLSTAT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

It may have been the worst collapse in team history and it may cost the Rock a spot in the National Lacrosse League playoffs.

The Rock fell 10-9 to the Minnesota Swarm after blowing a 9-2 lead last night in St. Paul, Minn.

The Rock led 6-2 at the half and pushed its lead to eight goals, before completely falling apart. Minnesota pulled starter Nick Patterson after the ninth goal and backup Matt Disher kept Toronto off the board the rest of the way, allowing his team to steal the win, its first victory in four tries against the Rock.

The Rock had a chance to force overtime with seconds left, but Disher made two huge saves to preserve the victory.

With the win, the Swarm (7-6), along with the Philadelphia Wings (7-6) -- 8-7 winners over the Rochester Knighthawks last night --leap-frogged past the Rock in the East Division standings. With matching 7-7 records, Rochester and Toronto now sit in the East's basement. Buffalo (9-4) has all but sewn up a playoff spot, leaving the other four division rivals to battle for the final three spots.

Toronto has two games left -- at home against Philadelphia next Saturday and on the road in Rochester to close out the regular season -- that it likely must win to avoid missing the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.


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