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by Eric Martin

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Photo from www.sjstealth.com

What’s up Stealth Nation…what happened this past weekend in Calgary you ask?
Answer: We were stomped by the Roughnecks!

As you all know by now we were humiliated in the Western Finals by the always tough Calgary Roughnecks. The game at times didn’t even seem real. The wheels fell off before the first whistle ever blew - with our floor general, Colin Doyle, contracting a Canadian strain of the swine flu late in the week (kidding guys! Don’t call CNN!). Colin was so sick he missed the majority of game day preparations - breakfast, team meetings, film, shoot around, and lunch. The first time I saw him was on the team bus, and he looked exhausted…the kind of tired you see after a long east coast, doubleheader weekend. As we unpacked the bus and hustled into the Saddle Dome, Colin assured us he would indeed play and focused our attention on beating Calgary.

I figured Colin Doyle with the flu is still a top ten player in the league, and I prepared mentally and physically for the game. Warm ups were sharp and crisp. Coach Hall, who is the man, gave a great pre-game speech, and we took the field fired up! I sang a bit of O Canada, then after some pushing and shoving with a couple Canadians, the game was on. Well, they were on – firing on all cylinders in every facet of the game. The first quarter was a blur. The opposing offense scored at will, and their defense capitalized on our dumb mistakes.

I could go into more detail about our fumbled game plan, about their sharp shooters picking corners on our extended pressure defense, and about their goalie standing on his head, but I won’t bore you. Lacrosse is an easy game; the team that catches and throws better, communicates, and hustles more is most often the victor. Every Stealth player and coach and even Hawkeye (the equipment guy) knew it was bad when the Calgary goalie, Matt King, scored an empty net goal to end a depressing Stealth first quarter. This was the 6th goal of the game, and the eventual game winner, as we only recorded a season low 5 goals in the entire game. Another sign of our lingering apocalypse was when 10,000 Roughneck fans cheered our first goal, over three quarters into the match…or when mismatched, stinky socks were tossed to the turf, celebrating Calgary captain, Tracy Kelusky’s, supposed sock trick. Attention Roughneck fans – A real sock trick is 6 goals not 5, but his performance was impressive nonetheless. Trust me it felt like he scored 6.

It’s Thursday, and by now everyone has said their goodbyes to coaches, teammates, trainers and the rest of the Stealth staff. We all learned a lot this year, which is usually the case. We always seem to fight our way from the basement of the West and into the postseason. Hopefully, next year we can play the way Calgary has in ’09.

I’ll definitely revisit the season in a future blog, but it’s still too soon to deeply reflect right now. When I close my eyes I can still see those stinky, Canadian socks littering the Saddle Dome floor. Right now I’m off to John Muir Elementary in SF to spread the game! Check out the website onecitylax.org…we are accepting gear donations soon.

Over and out!

Eric Martin

Last week we needed a win vs. the Minnesota Swarm and we did it in a big way winning 18-8. Our captain Colin Doyle put up a ridiculous thirteen points. When we need a goal he always seems to be involved by either dishing the apple or just doing it himself. It’s amazing to watch.

We are playing with a sense of urgency that wasn’t there in the beginning of the season. Instead of sitting in last place we are now in a three-way tie for third, a win against the Mammoth this weekend guarantees us a spot in the playoffs. This weekend is another big one for the Stealth.

We have two games remaining in the regular season, one in Colorado at the Pepsi Center, and another in Toronto vs. the Rock. It’s always exciting playing in Colorado in front of 17,000. It’s just packed. Their fans are nuts!

Colorado needs to win this game to keep their playoff hopes alive as well. The Mammoth are coming off a two game losing streak, so they’re coming into this one ready to go. This is a huge rivalry game, which will be one of the best games to watch this weekend. Playoffs are right around the corner and after this weekend we will finally know where we sit.

Game time is 6p.m, 8p.m Eastern Time, tune into www.nll.com to watch it live.

hartzel1Hey everyone!   Sorry I have not checked in for a while.  This past weekend we played the Edmonton Rush, whoever lost this game was in last place in the West.   We were coming into this game on a three game losing streak.  We didn’t have the lead until the final thirty seconds of the game.

Rabil’s behind the back assist to Colin Doyle sealed the deal with only seconds left in the fourth quarter. The final score of the game was 11-10.  It was a huge win and  a must win because we need to win a lot of are remaining games to get into the playoffs.  This was a good start.

We have a difficult double-header weekend coming up. On Saturday we play the Portland Lumberjax in San Jose and then we jump right on a plane to Seattle and drive down to Portland for the game on Sunday.  We would be sitting real pretty if we sweep the Lumberjax this weekend, but easier said then done.

The Stealth recently just got back Shaydon Santos, Steven Holmes, and Andrew Biers at the trade deadline.  These three bring a lot to the table and are what we need at the back end to make a playoff run.  We control our own destiny and I feel like we are going to go on a run here this weekend.

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