Rock looks to end slide

RYAN WOLSTAT, TORONTO SUN

, Last Updated: 10:21 AM ET

It will be a homecoming of sorts for members of both coaching staffs tonight in Philadelphia as the Rock, 0-2, looks for its first win of the season.

Rock coach Glenn Clark spent his final season as a player with the Wings last year, earning an all-star berth. Though he enjoyed the experience, Clark said it is now ancient history.

"Last year was great, but it's all business with the team I'm with now," he said. "This is an important part of our season."

The man Clark replaced, former Rock general manager/coach Terry Sanderson, will be on the opposing bench tonight. Sanderson is an assistant to his brother Lindsay, Philadelphia's head coach.

IMPACT ROOKIE

While Dan Marohl and Sean Greenhalgh lead the Wings in scoring with 19 and 17 points, respectively, it is rookie Geoff Snider that is making the biggest impression on the rest of the league. Besides collecting 10 points and a team-high 47 loose balls so far, Snider has also won an NLL-best 46 of 68 faceoffs and is considered a legitimate threat to the Rock's Tim O'Brien, long considered lacrosse's unofficial top heavyweight.

"It was inevitable that these two players would meet and (tonight) is the night," Rock director of lacrosse operations Mike Kloepfer said.

O'Brien will be making the trip to Philadelphia.

"Geoff is here to play. Whether a fight breaks out is not in our plans," Lindsay Sanderson said.

Rock captain Jim Veltman will miss his second consecutive game because of hamstring issues.


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