Rush clips Stealth to make NLL history

The Vancouver Stealth came just short of stopping history from being made Saturday night in Edmonton.

Langley’s National pro lacrosse team fell to 3-8 after losing 10-9 to the still-undefeated Edmonton Rush 

The Rush made National Lacrosse League history with the win, becoming the first NLL team to ever start a season 9-0. 

Meanwhile, the search for a winning formula continues for the 2013 NLL-finalist Stealth, who relocated to Langley from Everett, Wash., over the summer, marking pro lacrosse’s return to B.C,  and the Lower Mainland after a 10-year absence.

On Saturday, the Rush got out to a quick start in the opening quarter of the game by scoring three early goals to go up 3-0. 

Eventually the Stealth got on the board after peppering Rush goaltender Aaron Bold, with 16 first quarter shots.

In the second quarter the Stealth seemed to find their groove as they outscored the Rush 3-1 to tie the game at four heading into half time. 

The Stealth also outshot the Rush 28-19 during the first half. 

The teams then traded goals in the third quarter with the Stealth holding onto a 8-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter, as they looked poised to knock off the undefeated Rush. 

Rhys Duch almost gave the Stealth a two-goal lead at the end of the third, but the goal was challenged and upon further review, it was overturned. 

The shot went off both goal posts and never crossed the goal line.

The Rush turned it up a notch from there by scoring three unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to take a 10-8 lead. 

After Vancouver’s Mike Grimes scored a late goal, it came down to the Stealth’s final possession to tie the game. 

A few different Stealth players got shots off in the final seconds but Bold again came up big for the Rush in the end.

The Stealth outshot the Rush 50-43 but again struggled to score goals when they needed them down the stretch. 

The Stealth did however see an instant impact on offense from newly acquired forward Jamie Lincoln, who scored his first two points as a member of the Stealth.

Lincoln scored an outstanding diving goal early in the second and assisted on Duch’s first goal of the game. 

The Stealth will be looking for more consistency in their offense when they host back-to-back home games to finish off March. 

They host the Calgary Roughnecks on Friday, March 21, followed by the Buffalo Bandits on Saturday, March 29.

Both games are at the Langley Events Centre. 

For more information on upcoming games visit StealthLAX.com.

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