Rock finally finds scoring touch

RYAN WOLSTAT, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:08 AM ET

Who would have thought one of the National Lacrosse League's better defensive clubs would be the cure for what ails the Toronto Rock's sputtering offence?

The Rock, anemic all year on the attacking front, sprung to life at the Air Canada Centre last night, scoring a season-best seven times in the second quarter en route to a convincing 14-9 victory over the Edmonton Rush.

After the teams each netted a pair of goals in a slow-paced first quarter, the Rock fired off four goals in a row and seven in all in the second quarter to take a 9-3 lead. Edmonton rallied in the third with four goals, but the Rock answered back with four of their own.

STEPPING UP

Josh Sanderson and Blaine Manning have carried the Rock offensively all year and they each added a pair last night, but the team has languished near the bottom in league scoring due to a lack of depth. Last night, though, Aaron Wilson stepped up, firing four past Edmonton starter Curtis Palidwor.

Wilson, who had a disappointing 14 goals coming into last night's contest, after three big goal-scoring campaigns, said he felt like he had been letting the team down.

Along with Wilson's resurgence, Toronto was buoyed by Matt Taylor's impressive season debut. Taylor scored three times, including a crucial fourth-quarter marker after the Rush pulled to within four, and added an assist.

Rock coach Glenn Clark said Taylor has made his mark. "He's either made us look like a genius or an idiot," Clark said. "A genius for putting him in and an idiot for keeping him out so long."

Taylor said he just stayed patient and waited for his chance. "I just treated it like any other game and went out and played my hardest," he said.

The Rush (2-7) had won two in a row but could not contain the inspired Rock.

Bob Watson played well in net for the Rock, stopping 43 of 52 shots, but Clark said he may rest Watson in Buffalo tonight and go with Mike Poulin.


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