Home is anywhere there's a crease

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:20 AM ET

Home, away, it's all the same to Matt Disher.

The Edmonton Rush goalie is technically a "former, former" Rush member who played a short stint here in 2008 before making his return in the off-season through the dispersal draft.

The ex-Portland LumberJax stopper is in his 13th National Lacrosse League season and has had his share of different home floors.

If there's no place like home, then there is nowhere Disher feels uncomfortable as long as he's in a crease.

"When you become a well-travelled player in this league, which happens to a lot of us, you always just blend in wherever you are. It's lacrosse no matter where you go," said Disher, who lists playing with his young daughter as the last, but hardly least, of the hobbies on his bio.

His real residence is Surrey, B.C., but the 26-year-old counts Edmonton as a home away from home.

"I've been in Edmonton before, I know Edmonton, so I have no problems with it, but then again it's no real difference for me," Disher said. "It's always good to be back, it's good to be wanted with a team all the time.

"To be able to stay in the league just makes me happy."

Disher has put up some deceiving statistics while tending the Rush to their best start in franchise history. Currently ranked 12th among league goalies with an 11.54 goals-against average and .779 save percentage, it hasn't been the quantity of saves he's made so much as the quality.

He's come up with some timely magic to allow his potent offence to do their jobs at crucial times.

"Lacrosse is very much a game of momentum, so if we can answer back a lot of times, control faceoffs, win the ball and make their defence stay on the floor a lot, that helps us," Disher said.


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