Focusing on first overall

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:32 PM ET

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Rush are in no hurry to get caught up in their own hype.

The hottest team in the National Lacrosse League will continue what they’ve been doing all year: focusing on the task at hand.

It’s how they’ve won six of their last seven games to capture their first playoff berth in franchise history.

“We’re not satisfied at all with where we’re at,” said Rush head coach Derek Keenan. “Obviously making the playoffs is one thing, but we still feel we have a lot more to accomplish and a lot more ahead of us. We have an opportunity to finish as high as potentially first overall in the league.”

The Rush are currently tied for that top spot with the Washington Stealth, who sport an identical 9-4 record.

But there is still more work to be done if they are to maintain the leading pace, despite appearances that the Rush are peaking down the playoff stretch.

“We didn’t play particularly well on either night,” Keenan said of last weekend’s overtime wins over the Stealth and Minnesota Swarm. “We were a little bit fortunate, I think, at times to even get back in it. Certainly, we’ll take the win and the position that we’re in right now we’re pretty happy with.

“We just need to play well at our home arena and continue to improve.”

The Rush aren’t taking the Colorado Mammoth’s league-worst 3-9 record for granted.

“They still have some life in their playoff aspirations, so they still have that to play for,” Keenan said. “I don’t think they’re a 3-9 team. They’ve played a lot better than that most of the year. It’s a very fine line in this league between having success and not having success. I think Colorado has been unfortunate a lot of times and we’ve been on the other end and fortunate.”

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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