Rock coach calls on vets

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:00 PM ET

The Rock will attempt to rebound Friday night in a game against the Philadelphia Wings from a stinging 16-8 loss in Rochester last week, after which general manager Terry Sanderson called out the team's veterans.

"If you take the opposition for granted, you're going to get it handed to you, and that's what happened," Sanderson said. "The veterans have to take the bulk of the responsibility for that."

Doyle in charge

The return of Colin Doyle after he spent three seasons in San Jose has been an early success. Doyle, the captain, brought instant respect to a team that is rebuilding (though his simple presence could speed that up) and his 23 assists in four games lead the National Lacrosse League. His 26 points are a team high.

The tops, overall

How good has the Rock's start been?

Goaltender Bob Watson has been named the NLL's overall player of the month. In his 12th season with the Rock, Watson leads the NLL with a 6.67 goals-against average and a .846 save percentage.

Garrett Billings leads all freshmen with 13 goals and was named rookie of the month. But he's not alone: Billings and teammate Stephan Leblanc are tied for the rookie scoring lead with 22 points each.

New look

Tonight's game will mark the NLL debut of the Wings' Max Seibald, the 2009 NCAA player of the year.

Seibald, acquired from the Boston Blazers, was Boston's first-round pick, eighth overall, but refused to report. The Wings will not have the services of defender Shawn Nadelen, who is out with a knee injury.

Up next

The Rock will have little time to lick its wounds as it visits the Buffalo Bandits (1-4) on Saturday night at HSBC Arena.

"It's not going to affect us (playing the second of back-to-back nights)," Sanderson said. "We have 23 healthy bodies and we will be able to make changes if we have to."


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