Derek Keenan knows a thing or two about winning. The coach led the Edmonton Rush to the 2012 National Lacrosse League title game not long after guiding the Junior A Whitby Warriors to a Minto Cup title. And that’s why he and the Rush are not resting on their laurels as they prepare for the 2013 NLL season. What worked last year won’t necessarily work this year, especially if the Rush are 6-10 again in the regular season. “I think the guys have a very good understanding now that we need to have a better regular season, because in the long run, it pays off …,” Keenan told the Edmonton Journal as the team prepares to open training camp this weekend. “Having a much better regular season is really what the guys are focused on.” Camp competition will be intense (6 lefties, 6 righties competing for 9 spots at forward) and Keenan wants it no other way. “That means that there are going to be guys that are going to be released. It’s going to be competitive.”Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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