April 29, 2011
Rock hope they're playoff ready
By RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency
Toronto sports fans will get a rare opportunity on Sunday afternoon.
Cheer on a playoff team.
The Toronto Rock (10-6) and the Rochester Knighthawks (also 10-6) will hook up at the Air Canada Centre for the National Lacrosse League’s East semifinal.
The Rock is looking to bring home its sixth championship since 1999 — but first since 2005. The team marched all the way to the championship game last year, but fell to the Washington Stealth.
The Rock has only lost twice at home in 12 playoff matchups, handed Rochester half of its losses this season and has beaten Rochester all three times they have met in Toronto in the postseason – twice for the NLL championship.
Rock head coach Troy Cordingley doesn’t believe that lop-sided history matters.
“They are a totally different team as opposed to when we played them earlier in the season,” Cordingley said in a release.
“We’re both 0-0 and the regular season means nothing other than it gave us home floor advantage for this game.”
The Rock is stumbling, coming in on a three-game losing streak and four losses in five games after starting the year 9-2.
Rochester finished the campaign on a 6-2 run.
Top-seeded Buffalo hosts Boston in the other East semifinal.