Rock rolls in new direction

RYAN WOLSTAT, TORONTO SUN

, Last Updated: 1:09 PM ET

Looking to get younger and more athletic, the Toronto Rock yesterday brought aboard five new faces to complete its final 23-man roster.

Core stars like Josh Sanderson, Colin Doyle and Jim Veltman return for another season with the Rock, a franchise-worst 8-8 in 2006, while newcomers Sean Kimpinski, Mike MacLeod, Matt Carroll, Mike Poulin and Bryan Riddell will get opportunities to make an impact.

Rock coach Glenn Clark liked what he saw from the new acquisitions during the club's 2-1 pre-season sked, including the play of Brad MacArthur, who came out of retirement to play for the Rock after leaving the Calgary Roughnecks in 2004.

"Brad MacArthur's a good solid defender," Clark said.

The team expects MacLeod, the 15th selection in the National Lacrosse League entry draft, to add his play-making skills, while fellow 2006 picks Riddell and Carroll, both defenders, should help with the transition game.

"The young guys are going to make mistakes, but there's a real positive upside to them," Clark said. "You need a certain infusion of young guys, it's something we thought would be a good energizer."

MacLeod of Owen Sound led the Brock Badgers to the Canadian intercollegiate field lacrosse title and went on to score four goals, along with 30 assists in 22 Ontario Junior Lacrosse Association games for the Orangeville Northmen last summer.

Goaltender Mike Poulin replaces Phil Wetherup in a backup role to Bob Watson.

Free agent Justin Kulla and Darren Halls, acquired in the trade that sent Brian Beisel and Brad MacDonald to the Arizona Sting last month, are on the injured list.

The Rock's season begins Jan. 13 in Rochester against the Knighthawks.

Toronto lost the East Division semi-final 16-8 last April in Rochester.


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