Quinlan plays well in Portland game

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

At first it was intimidating for Jimmy Quinlan. The Edmonton Rush forward had never played in as big a game with as many talented players on such a large stage.

On Saturday, Quinlan was the lone Rush representative at the National Lacrosse League's annual all-star game in Portland.

"It was a little nerve-wracking at the start," said Quinlan. "But once things started going, you forgot really where you were. It was just another lacrosse game with, fortunately, a little less defence."

Quinlan finished with a goal and three assists in his first all-star game as the West lost 20-16 to the East.

The native of Sherwood Park was selected to take part in the game after Rush forward Chris Gill was unable to attend due to family commitments in Vancouver.

Quinlan is the Rush's fourth leading scorer this season with 11 goals and 13 assists in eight games. Defenceman Andrew Turner was also selected to represent the Rush at the annual mid-season event. However, Turner was forced to turn down the invitation as well.

"It starts out as a fun game, but come the third and the fourth quarter, you can tell guys want to win," Quinlan said. "I took a hit late in the fourth quarter when the game was on the line and it was probably as hard or harder than some of the hits I take in a regular game."


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