February 20, 2011
Toll tallies first
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - While rookies typically end up paying the toll, Jarrett Toll is paying off. And for more than with just one team.
The Edmonton Rush forward scored his first NLL goal to open Sunday afternoon's game against the Calgary Roughnecks, despite having played a CIS hockey game the night before.
A defenceman with the U of A Golden Bears — who clinched first place in the Canada West Division with the win — the NLL and CIS rookie helped the Bears to a 4-3 overtime victory over the Manitoba Bisons at Clare Drake Arena on Saturday night.
"I had a hockey game Friday, too, so it was three (games) in three (days) for me," Toll said. "The adrenaline gets so high out there, but I feel fine."
Seventeen hours after the final buzzer in the Bears game, Toll put a pretty transition goal behind Roughnecks goalie Mike Poulin two minutes into Sunday's lacrosse game at Rexall Place for his first goal in either league.
"It felt really good," Toll said. "A bunch of my friends were here, so hopefully they got to see that. It was a good positive for the start of the game."
The shutdown defenceman has three assists for the Bears, but enjoyed putting a little 'O' in his game with a lacrosse stick.
"I was just trying to run up the floor as much as possible, get some transition going," he said.
"I felt like taking a shot there and was lucky enough for it to go in."
While it was his lone goal, Toll contributed tough physical play for the rest of the game.
"It was great for him to get his first goal in the league," Rush head coach Derek Keenan said of Toll, who was sent to the penalty box three times for spearing, high-sticking and crosschecking.
"He was a little over-aggressive at times, a couple tough calls on him but I thought he played real well."