Rush run over

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

The playoff hopes took a big hit last night.

Now the Edmonton Rush are going to need some help.

The Rush lost 14-7, on the road, to the San Jose Stealth, dropping their National Lacrosse League record to 4-6 on the season.

DROPPED INTO FIFTH

It also dropped them to fifth place in the West Division standings, four points back of the Stealth and the Calgary Roughnecks.

"We really lacked energy tonight," said Rush head coach and general manager Paul Day.

"We didn't compete on the powerplay, we didn't win the five-on-five battles, we didn't win the transition game. We didn't put enough energy and effort into a game like that where we're getting a team coming off a back-to-back."

With the Stealth having played the night before in Portland, the Rush were hoping to exploit the situation and jump on their opponents early.

However, it was the Stealth who got out of the gate first with three goals in the opening quarter to take control of the contest.

Rush forward Jason Wulder took a five-minute boarding penalty 33 seconds into the game. Jeff Zywicki and Gary Rosyski scored to give the Stealth the early lead. From then on in it was the Rush doing all the chasing and they could never catch up.

"We dug ourselves a bit of hole right away and we didn't have much possession because we took a five-minute penalty and they scored two goals on it," Day said.

"So they took the momentum they had (Saturday) into tonight's game."

Dan Stroup and Chris Gill scored for the Rush to cut the Stealth's lead to one towards the end of the first quarter, but a late goal by Luke Wiles had the visitors down 4-2 at the break. Jamey Bowen again pulled the Rush to within a goal early in the second, but it was all the offence they could muster in the quarter. At halftime the Rush trailed 6-3.

"A three-goal lead in lacrosse is not a huge factor, it's like a one-goal lead in a hockey game," Day said.

"But we wanted to get off to a good start and really run them," he added.

The teams were even in the third quarter with Wulder and Chris McElroy scoring for the Rush to counter the two Stealth's goals.

In the fourth, the wheels fell off. Zywicki scored his fifth goal of the game to extend the lead to four goals.

"He's good with the ball, he's good without the ball and he's very dangerous," Day said. "He's a future superstar in this league and he's tough to handle."

Stroup scored his second of the night to cut the lead to three, but a short-handed marker by Curtis Hodgson pretty much killed any comeback attempt.

"That's a big momentum shift," Day said. "If we could have scored on that power play to make it 10-8 then we get the momentum. But they got the momentum booster with that short-handed goal."

Bowen scored his second of the night to once again pull the Rush to within three, however, the Stealth scored four unanswered goals to round out the scoring.

ROAD WARRIORS

Last night's encounter was the first of six consecutive road games for the Rush. They travel to face the New York Titans and Chicago Shamrox this week.

They also have one game left against the Stealth and Roughnecks.

"I thought we were prepared coming into the game," Day said. "But I think the difference between beating Toronto last week and this week is that against Toronto we played like a desperate team. Tonight we played like it was going to be an easy game."


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