Rush future looks bright

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:04 PM ET

They had a goal going into the season, but came up short.

One goal short, to be exact.

Yet the Edmonton Rush are confident they’ll soon be back in a similar situation.

On Saturday, the National Lacrosse League team saw their season come to an end with a 12-11 overtime loss to the Washington Stealth.

“There are a lot of reasons to be optimistic for the future,” said Rush assistant captain Brodie Merrill.

“We have a good core group of guys here and I think we can continue to be successful.

“I don’t think this is a one-year thing. I think we can be successful in the long term.”

Success has not been synonymous with the Rush since Edmonton joined the league five years ago.

The club missed the playoffs in their first four seasons, and have gone through three different head coaches.

Current head coach and GM Derek Keenan was able to bring in the right personnel, not only to help the club get in the playoffs, but contend for the championship.

“There were some things said in the locker-room after the game by the players that was very positive about our team and our organization,” Keenan said.

“The future, I think, is very bright and it won’t be long before I start thinking about next year and what we need to do in order to get to where we want to be, which is to win a championship.

“There are a few things that I think we can do better and perhaps we’ll find it from within or we’ll find it elsewhere.”

Keenan was very successful in finding the pieces the Rush needed in order to turn the corner this season. The key now will be for the club to take it a step further.

“The ownership gave me carte blanche to do what I felt I needed to do to have a successful team,” Keenan said.

“They allowed me to do that without any questions. They had a lot of trust in what I wanted to do with my plan, and I really appreciate that fact, because some organizations aren’t like that.”


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