It’s been 4 long National Lacrosse League seasons since the Calgary Roughnecks were champions, but like the other 8 teams preparing for the 2014 season, the Riggers are optimistic. Second-year coach Curt Malawsky said there’s plenty for players and coaches alike to learn from last season, which ended with a loss in the Western Division final for the second time in 3 seasons. And considering the veteran leadership the Riggers are loaded with, there’s a sense of urgency to clear the hurdle this winter. “We’ve had the nucleus of this team together for the last four or five years and we’re on the cusp here,” Malawsky told The Calgary Herald. “We’ve been up there in the standings, we’ve battled hard, we’ve gotten to a couple of Western finals but we haven’t quite gotten it done. We want to give it a good hard go this year before things could possibly change.”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 email@example.com or go to RochesterSports.com.
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