Lots more on line for Rock, Wings

RYAN WOLSTAT, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 6:29 AM ET

Simple mathematics may not show that tonight's game against the Philadelphia Wings is a must-win for the Rock, but the team's chances of making the National lacrosse League playoffs would shrink greatly with a loss.

The Rock can leap over Philadelphia and into the East's fourth and final playoff spot with a victory. Lose, and the Rock would fall to 11/2 games back with only three to play.

Rock coach Glenn Clark said his charges are in a similar predicament to where they were last weekend, when they came up with a big 13-6 road victory over the third-place Minnesota Swarm, but cautioned that the Wings feel the same way.

"This is a game we both need to win," Clark said.

Philly beat Toronto 10-9 in January, but Wings coach Lindsay Sanderson said he expects a more entertaining game tonight.

"Both clubs are a lot better than that one so early in the season," Sanderson said. "It's going to be a great ball game and a good battle."

Clark is happy with the way the rest of the schedule is laid out.

"The beauty of the stretch run is we're going to see the teams we're competing against," he said. "We control our fate and don't have to watch what other people do."

The Rock and Swarm clash again next Friday in another crucial contest.

Rock goaltender Bob Watson, meanwhile, was named NLL defensive player of the week after the victory in Minnesota, continuing a run of strong play that has seen him vault to the league lead in save percentage. Watson also is fourth in goals against average.

MLSEL, on behalf of the Rock, will donate $1 from every ticket sold for this game to selected charities. A silent auction for Rock jerseys will also take place to support Ontario Special Olympics and Les's Fund -- Lacrosse Fans Fighting Cancer.


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