Stealth look to build on last weekend's effort
The opening faceoff is set for 6 p.m.
The Roughnecks have been near the top of the National Lacrosse League's West Division all season, and with two wins this weekend (they played Minnesota Friday night) could take over first place from Colorado, which has held the top spot all season.
"We've got our own things to worry about," Stealth head coach Chris Hall said. "We've got to try and keep winning. We can't really worry about what's motivating other teams. We have to worry about what's motivating us. And what's motivating us is getting in these playoffs."
Just one night before dismissing the Swarm, the Stealth suffered a disappointing 10-9 defeat at the hands of the Edmonton Rush. It was perhaps the most devastating loss of the season for the Stealth considering they are battling the Rush for the final playoff spot. With a win over Edmonton, the Stealth could have taken a 1½-game lead over the Rush in the push for the last playoff spot. Instead, Edmonton temporarily passed the Stealth in the standings and secured the season series between the two teams, meaning the Stealth can't afford to finish in a tie with the Rush.
Following Washington's win over Minnesota last Sunday, the Stealth moved back ahead of the Rush in the division by percentage points. Both teams trail division-leading Colorado by five games.
Needless to say, each of the Stealth's final four games are extremely important and certainly earning a victory over the Roughnecks is no easy task.
The Roughnecks defeated the Stealth 13-10 in the season opener for Washington at Comcast Arena on Jan. 14 and just weeks later came back into the building and defeated the Stealth 12-11.
The second contest turned out to be a very competitive lacrosse game, but started out looking like more of a boxing match. In total, seven fights occurred in a first quarter that lasted more than an hour. Hall said that won't happen this time around.
"We've got too much to worry about to be involving ourselves in that," he said. "It's not our game and we don't intend to go there."
Aaron Lommers covers The Washington Stealth for The Herald. Follow him on twitter @aaronlommers and contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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