The Saskatchewan Rush will be led out onto the floor for another National Lacrosse League regular season Saturday in Toronto by Captain Chris Corbeil.
The Western University graduate who missed the preseason game at home, can’t wait to play again in front of a packed house as SaskTel Centre.
Corbeil was excited about the make up the team at the end of training camp but pointed out there is an element of the unknown whenever a new season gets started.
“It’s tough to evaluate the team until we get out there and play a regular season game,” said Corbeil. The veteran heading into his ninth season stated the ingredients for a successful season were there at the end of camp.
“Obviously things went well in our preseason game (24-9 win over Georgia), but overall though at camp, we’ve had good intensity and a really good tempo,” said the left shooting transition-defender who felt that also translated into the dressing room.
“Off the floor, in the dressing room everybody is getting along, the new guys are integrating very well into the team, so I’m confident things are going to go well, but you never really know until you hit the floor.”
The Rush opened last season with a pair of road losses. Although Corbeil felt the team was more prepared when training camp broke last weekend, it has historically been very difficult to open the season on the road, especially against a team based in Toronto.
“I don’t want to make any excuses before the season starts,” said the former Buffalo Bandit acquired in a 2011 trade, who cautioned they will be up against a more practised team.
“It always seems to be some of those Eastern teams such as Toronto where they have all of those local guys, they’re able to get onto the floor more frequently than we are before the season gets rolling, so they’ll probably be just a little from familiar with one another and have a little more time to kind of fine tune things, so I think they’ll have that to their advantage.”
However, Corbeil maintained they will be ready to battle.
“On the other hand, we’ve had four weekends of camp and we’ll get in another practice before we take them on, so hopefully that will mitigate some of the advantages they have,” said Corbeil.
After Saturday’s contest, which can be heard on 98-COOL beginning with the Rush-Hour pregame show at 5 p.m., the Rush play their home opener Saturday, Dec. 23 against the New England Blackwolves.