December 13, 2010

Crotty Comes on Strong in Preseason Loss

from press release

DENVER – The Colorado Mammoth dropped the team's second and final preseason game, 15-13, to the defending NLL-champion Washington Stealth at the Comcast Arena in Everett, Washington on Saturday night.

"The players put forth a great effort," said Mammoth Head Coach Bob Hamley. "It was much better than last week."

Colorado lost its first preseason game, 10-7, to the Toronto Rock one week ago. This week's action was much more high-scoring, coupling better offensive play by both teams with a longer game format – the teams played six 12-minute periods.

Ned Crotty, the Mammoth's first pick (11th overall) in the 2010 NLL Entry Draft, led the Mammoth with three goals and two assists. Forward Jamie Floris recorded a hat trick for Colorado as well. "We battled for every inch; that was very encouraging," said Mammoth President and General Manager Steve Govett. "Loose balls, face-offs, and hustle – all the little things that produce success in the regular season."

The Mammoth led 3-1 early, but surrendered 10 of the next 12 goals as the Stealth built an 11-5 lead. Five straight Mammoth tallies by five different players cut Washington's lead to 11-10, but it was as close as Colorado would get.

Matt King, Curtis Palidwor and Rob Blasdell all recorded time in goal for the Mammoth.
Colorado returns home for training camp next weekend. "I'm excited for the team-building activities we have planned, and for our last weekend of practice [before the start of the regular season]," said Hamley.

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