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Shamrox fall to the Rock, 11-10

February 18, 2007 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Chicago Shamrox News Release

Toronto, Ontario - The Chicago Shamrox could not have played better during the first half of the game scoring 3 of 5 in power-play opportunities to take the early 8-4 lead at the end of the half. Chicago however, was unable to hang onto that position and picked up their forth loss of the year at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto losing 11-10 to the Toronto Rock, who improve to 3-3 on the season.

The game started off with solid defense that was broken by Chicago's Mat Giles (3g, 2a) who notched in the first goal of the game 8:23 into the first quarter, that was followed by a slew of goals. During the second quarter, Chicago catapulted ahead of Toronto by scoring five goals in a row over seven and a half minutes. Giles and Tom Montour (2g, 1a), both formally of the Toronto Rock, played an intricate part in the Shamrox early lead by each scoring two goals a piece during the first half.

"We had a great first half," said Shamrox Head Coach/GM Jamie Batley. "We just had to continue playing strong for the rest of the game."

Toronto's Blaine Manning began the 3rd quarter with a goal and the Shamrox lost it from there. The Rock managed to score four goals in the 3rd quarter and chalked up another three during the 4th.

"We played terrible during the 3rd quarter," said Batley. "All we had to do was to continue playing strong for the rest of the game."

During their Inaugural Season, the Shamrox have been plagued by poor performance during the first two quarters of the game, but this game against the Rock seemed to be the opposite. The Shamrox were able to outscore the Rock 8-4 during the first half of regulation play, which is a far cry from the 26-42 deficit the Shamrox have found themselves after half-time. However, the Shamrox were outplayed during the second half of the game, which has been the stronger of the two, and were outscored 7-2.

"I felt pretty strong going into the second half with an 8-4 lead," said veteran forward Chris Panos. "Toronto just came back in the second half and played like the veteran squad they are."

Panos (2g, 1a) picked up his fifth multiple goal game this season and connected strategically on the power-play late in the first quarter with 0:27 seconds left while two Rock players were serving penalties.

"When you have the power-play, you need to take advantage of it and that is something we did during the first half," said Panos.

The Shamrox return home next week to play the Minnesota Swarm on Saturday, February 24 at 7:30 P.M. CST at the Sears Centre arena. Saturday's game will mark the second and final time the Shamrox play Minnesota, with the Shamrox leading 1-0. Minnesota currently sits 5th in the Eastern Division. Tickets are on sale now by calling 877-SHAMROX or visiting www.chicagoshamrox.com.

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