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DEREK VAN DIEST, EDMONTON SUN

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It was the biggest win in franchise history.

One which legitimized their arrival on the National Lacrosse League scene.

With Friday's 12-9 victory over the Toronto Rock, the Edmonton Rush shed the shackles of an expansion team.

They also erased the memory of a nightmare inaugural season.

The Rush are now staring intently at the playoff picture.

"This is very big for us," said Rush head coach and general manager Paul Day.

"This is a team that two years ago won the championship. Beating a team like Toronto is good for the franchise."

For the longest time the Rock were the team to beat, simply because no one could.

They won five championships in seven years. They've been in six of the last eight NLL title games. They have never missed the playoffs.

"I think we've made a lot of strides this year and that's what we need to continue doing," said Rush forward Randy Daly.

"It's a different team for Toronto this year, but they're never an easy club to beat. Any time you can beat a team that has a record like they do, it's good for us."

The Rock may no longer be the best team in the league. In fact they're not even the best team in the country.

But the organization is still the standard by which all others are measured.

And with their win over the Rock the Rush's standards have now been raised.

"This was one of my best games from start to finish," Day said. "It was one of our best efforts in all aspects of the game. We have to build on it. Other than the second half of the San Jose game, we've been very good for four or five games in a row.

"So it's really good to build on."

With the Rush now looking at six consecutive games on the road, the win was also a good springboard for the club, which now controls its playoff fate.

Heading into the weekend the Rush were tied for the fourth and final playoff spot in the West Division.


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