TORONTO - Just like that, it’s over.
The work that began with a hard practice on the opening day of training camp back in November at the Rock’s new training facility, work that resulted in the Toronto Rock earning the best record during the 2013 National Lacrosse League season, was simply not enough Sunday afternoon at the Air Canada Centre.
“We’re devastated,” goaltender Nick Rose said. “There’s not much to say. We didn’t put out a good effort, that’s about it.”
The Rock was defeated 20-11 in their Eastern Division semifinal by a Minnesota Swarm team that showed a defensive tenacity that frustrated Toronto’s high-powered offence, excellent goaltending from Tyler Carlson, and on the other end of the floor, a preview of a team that will be one to be reckoned with for the next few seasons.
Minnesota finished last in the Western Division, earning the cross-over assignment with a 7-9 record, one win better than the Buffalo Bandits.