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“We get too comfortable”: Rush home-floor struggles continue after second-half collapse

a man who is swinging at a ball: Rush defender Ryan Dilks battles with Toronto Rock forward Aaron Forster in NLL action at SaskTel Centre on Saturday.

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Perhaps unfortunately, the Saskatchewan Rush have another home game coming up on Saturday night. They’re the National Lacrosse League’s best road team — unbeaten at 5-0 — but a second-half collapse Saturday at SaskTel Centre netted a 9-8 loss to the injury-riddled Toronto Rock. Saskatchewan’s lost three of their four home contests this season, and post-game reaction wasn’t exactly muted.

“To be honest, a pathetic performance by us in the second half,” Rush defender Ryan Dilks said after his team — which will host Vancouver this coming Saturday — blew a 6-2 halftime lead, getting outscored 7-2 over the final 30 minutes.

“We underestimated them. We felt we had a comfortable lead. I don’t know what’s going on with us at home. We think it’s going to be easy, but teams are coming in with their best efforts, and just working us. It’s pretty ugly right now. Luckily, it’s still the first half of the season, so we’ve got time to figure it out at home. But not a good effort tonight.”

Rush head coach Derek Keenan was equally unsparing.

His team is 6-3 and first in the West Division, but he looked and sounded angry after witnessing Saturday’s implosion before a crowd of 12,764.

“We had a really good first half, and then we got back to forgetting that everybody comes in here and plays hard against us; everybody has good players, skill, talent,” Keenan said. “In the second half, we simply did not put the work part into the game. And especially […]

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