A summary of comments made during this week's NLL Head Coaches Conference Call, held on Wednesday, March 14th:
ALBANY ATTACK Head Coach Terry Sanderson, whose team is 5-5 heading into Saturday's game at Buffalo: "Our defense will be the key against Buffalo. We have to win the rest of our games for a chance at the playoffs."
BUFFALO BANDITS Head Coach Ted Sawicki, on acquiring goaltender Derek Collins from Ottawa for holdout goaltender Matt Disher: "Derek will be a solid backup to Phil Weahterup. At 6-3, we still control our own destiny."
COLUMBUS LANDSHARKS Head Coach Marty Cooper, on the team's 2-8 record: "The guys have remained positive despite the losing? we continue to suffer from 3-4 minute lapses that put us behind in games? then we have to play catch-up."
NEW YORK SAINTS Head Coach Sal LoCascio, on winning three out of the last four: "We're finally finding ways to win the close games. The guys have a lot of confidence heading into Philly (this weekend)."
OTTAWA REBEL Head Coach Mark Vitarelli, on trading for goaltender Matt Disher: "Matt is a top of the line goaltender. He will start for us against Washington on Sunday. We need the guys around him to raise their level of play."
PHILADELPHIA WINGS Head Coach Tony Resch, on last week's home loss to Toronto: "We were not consistent enough to beat the Rock. We are expecting Tom Marecheck (shoulder injury) to play against New York this weekend."
ROCHESTER KNIGHTHAWKS Assistant Coach Tom Emmick, on hosting Washington this weekend: "The bye last week came at the perfect time. We are well-rested and healthy coming in to play the Power. No decision yet on who our starting goalie will be."
TORONTO ROCK Head Coach Les Bartley, after the Rock held the Wings to seven goals in last weekend's 11-7 victory: "You can't ask for much more than what our defense did. To hold a team like that to seven goals is what you want to see."
WASHINGTON POWER Head Coach Darris Kilgour, on the team's 7-3 record: "We can't afford to give away any more games? we have two games within 24 hours this weekend (Saturday night at Rochester, Sunday afternoon at Ottawa), and we will have to rebound quickly after playing the Knighthawks."