Rock reclaim NLL crown

Members of the Toronto Rock pose with the NLL Champion's trophy after beating the Washington...

Members of the Toronto Rock pose with the NLL Champion's trophy after beating the Washington Stealth 8-7. (Jack Boland/QMI Agency)

Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 4:13 AM ET

Toronto’s drought is over.
On Sunday afternoon, the Toronto Rock - who else? - brought the city its first professional championship since the Rock won the Champion’s Cup back in 2005.
In a thrilling game that came right down to the final seconds, the Rock outlasted the Stealth 8-7 in a fitting duel of goaltenders, considering Rock legend Bob Watson was playing his final game.
It was the Rock’s sixth championship - tying the franchise with the Philadelphia Wings for the most in National Lacrosse League history.
The defending champion Stealth - who also rallied a season ago in the title game against the Rock - had impressed in winning two playoff games on the road, but a third in front of a raucous crowd of 14,488 was too much to ask for, though the team certainly gave it its best shot, outscoring Toronto 3-1 in the second half.
Amazingly, the Rock only scored once in the final two quarters, but Stephan Leblanc’s only goal of the game held up.


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