The first wound was inflicted early and by their own admission, the Washington Stealth never recovered. Rookie Mark Matthews scored the first of his 4 goals just 31 seconds in and the Rush rolled to an 18-10 National Lacrosse League win Sunday evening against the Stealth. “We gave up an easy goal on the first shot,” Stealth coach Chris Hall told NLL.com. “Personally, I don’t think we ever recovered from the first goal of the game.” To their credit, the Stealth collected their composure and tied the game 3-3 before the Rush opened the second quarter with a 3-goal run. The 3-goal deficit was as close as the Stealth would get and the 2 straight wins to open their season was a distant memory.
Matthews scored his second goal in the first minute of the third quarter and his third goal at 4:26 gave the Stealth a 10-15 lead. Goals from Jarrett Toll and Corey Small in the next 4 minutes gave Edmonton a 12-5 lead and the rout was on. That was enough to chase starter Nick Patterson for Neil Tyacke, who found out Sunday afternoon he was playing. The Stealth had no comment on the status of No. 1 goalie Tyler Richards.
Tyacke, who last played for the Colorado Mammoth in the 2011 season, saw 11 minutes of action before Patterson returned. On the other side, Edmonton’s Aaron Bold made 33 saves on 43 shots as the defense in front of him held the Stealth to just 8 shots (and 2 goals) in the fourth quarter.
Small finished with 7 points (2-5) and Ryan Ward had 6 (3-3) for the Rush, who won their first game. For Washington, Rhys Duch led the way with 5 points (3-2), Dean Hill added 4 (1-3) and Athan Iannucci (2-0) scored a pair.
“You can’t quit, the fans don’t pay to see us quit and I don’t think we did until there was about 10 seconds left,” Duch told StealthLax.com. “Making our in-game adjustments is something that has to be better next week.”
The rematch between these teams is Friday in Edmonton.
Edmonton 18, Washington 10
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