The Stealth failed to rock the Langley Events Centre when taking on Toronto Saturday.
The Vancouver Stealthâ€™s (4-10) slow start proved costly, as they fell 17-9 to the Toronto Rock (6-9) in National Lacrosse League action.
â€œRight from the get go we put ourselves behind the eight ball,â€ said Stealth captain Kyle Sorensen, who made his return to the lineup after missing time due to injury. â€œWe battled back a bit after the slow start, but then we fell asleep again.â€
The Rock led right from the outset, outscoring the Stealth 6-2 in the opening quarter and held an 11-4 advantage at halftime,
â€œWeâ€™ve had a number of good starts this year, our problem has been the middle of the games at times,â€ said Toronto Rock head coach John Lovell. â€œIt was good that we maintained our momentum throughout the third and fourth quarters tonight.â€
Langley native Garrett Billings led the charge for the Rock in the opening half assisting on the teamâ€™s first five goals of the game and finished the half with seven points to lead all players.
Billings would end up leaving the game with an injury in the second quarter and did not return. Heâ€™s now tending to a torn ACL.
â€œWeâ€™re not sure where he is and you donâ€™t replace a player like that,â€ said coach Lovell. â€œItâ€™s devastating to us because of his ability and I feel sorry for the guy because heâ€™s one of the best, if not the best player in this league. Itâ€™s a shame that it happened.â€
In second half the teams were basically even offensively, with the Rock scoring six goals to the Stealthâ€™s five. Rhys Duch led the charge for the Stealth in the second half finishing the game with four goals in a losing cause. Duch was also named the third star of the game.
The second half also turned into a physical battle, as the two Canadian teams combined for 37 penalty minutes, in the second half alone.
The playoff-like atmosphere at the LEC seemed to fuel the Stealth in the second half, but the slow start was too much to overcome.
â€œWe showed flashes of brilliance but thatâ€™s not good enough. Weâ€™ve put ourselves in this position too many times this year,â€ Sorensen said. â€œWe know we can play 60 minutes, we did it last week against Buffalo.â€
The Stealth now head out on the road to face the Rochester Knighthawks on April 12, in what will be a repeat of last yearâ€™s Champions Cup Final. The next home game is April 19 when Philadelphia visits.
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