McBride aims to break slump

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:11 AM ET

Andrew McBride has a good luck charm if he gets a breakaway tomorrow night.

"I'm going to bury one. My mom says I've got one in me this week," the Calgary Roughnecks defender said yesterday. "She's usually pretty good at predicting those things."

In the past few weeks, the Riggers have received huge momentum swings from goals off transition, but McBride hasn't been in on the action.

When the team heads to Denver tomorrow to face the Colorado Mammoth in the opening round of the National Lacrosse League playoffs, McBride wants to be the next defender to light the lamp.

He needs to break a recent jinx he has on breakaways, which seems exacerbated because his amazing speed sets him free quite often.

"It's been bad. I've had some chances. I just need to really focus on those because those are huge for the team," McBride said.

"You always want to help the offence out. Any goal from a transition player really sparks the momentum."

In two wins over the Edmonton Rush and one over the Toronto Rock, the Riggers got eight goals from defenders, most of which came after pressuring opposing shooters into a turnover at mid-floor.

When the defence is working well, offensive chances are a positive by-product.

"It's such a key part of the game," McBride said. "This year in the NLL, transition is a huge part to so many teams.

"For us to have the confidence to strip one of their players and head in on a breakaway just elevates the whole defence."


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