Speedster sizes up chance

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:38 PM ET

The best way to combat size is with speed.

Being that the Calgary Roughnecks are facing a gigantic group of Portland LumberJax, one of their fastest players is getting back into the lineup tonight in the National Lacrosse League matchup.

Defender Peter McFetridge will draw back in for the first time in a month as the Riggers face a team with seven players 6-foot-4 or taller.

McFetridge, who is 6-foot-3, is taking this opportunity as a chance to prove he belongs on the playoff roster after only playing in six games this season.

"It's a good chance for me. I'm going to do what I normally do, run hard and stick to our defensive system," said the 23-year-old. "Whatever decision gets made for the playoffs will be the right decision.

"It's a competitive lineup to crack, so once you get in, you have to play as hard as you can stay there.

"I wouldn't say I'm not trying to mess up, but if I do make a mistake, I want to do it playing really hard. You can't be afraid to take risks, because if you do that you won't be playing as hard as you can."

Being a roster casualty due to a deep defensive corps has a larger effect on a fly-in player. McFetridge goes to school in Victoria, so on occasions when he was scratched, it was iffy he would even be at the game.

It was tough to stay connected to teammates not seeing them for weeks at a time.

"It's hard watching the games being in the Saddledome, but it's even harder being across the Rocky Mountains knowing you can't do anything and you are watching on your computer," McFetridge said.

Last weekend, the Riggers flew in the entire roster to take part in practice, where McFetridge looked ready to get back into action, according to coach Troy Cordingley.

"Peter's had some awesome efforts for us but has struggled at times," Cordingley said. "We want him to show us what he has, so he's getting another chance.

"Our team is defence-first and we know Peter is fast. The biggest thing is he needs to play the defence every shift. Peter is a great athlete and a smart kid, so it's a matter of him continuing to play and get better."


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