Rush must be stingier

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:03 PM ET

Defence wins championships, but the Edmonton Rush are going to have to come up with a lot more of it if they have any chance of making it to the championship round.

But you don’t have to tell them.

In fact, please don’t tell them.

“We haven’t played very well defensively and our guys know it,” said Rush head coach Derek Keenan. “We’re almost at the stage now where we almost want to talk less about it because I think they’re on egg shells a little bit. Instead of playing with instinct, they’re thinking too much.

“I think we just need to kind of let it all hang out this weekend and play with our athleticism and instinct and I think we’ll be far better off than worrying about making mistakes. That’s the worst thing you can do and I think we have a little bit of that in us right now. I think we’re going to move past that this weekend.”

And right into first place, if all goes well this weekend.

But the Washington Stealth won’t give up the position without a fight.

On Saturday, they’ll be on the warpath to avenge a 14-13 overtime loss to the Rush at Rexall Place two weeks ago. With their season series tied 1-1, this game will decide any tie-breaker scenarios that could occur.

And it will all come down to defence.

“We weren’t happy with our defensive performance in our (last) game against Edmonton,” said Stealth head coach Chris Hall. “I just don’t think our defence was playing to the best of our abilities.”

The Stealth are, however, coming off a 17-7 win over the Orlando Titans last week in a clash of the division leaders.

“From week to week things change, so our mission is to stay on track with the way we played,” Hall said.

Saturday’s game gets underway at 8:30 p.m. in Everett, Wash. Follow it live on NLL.com and Team 1260 radio.

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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