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Rock Clinch Division With Rout Of Saints

03/15/2002, 11:31am EST
By National Lacrosse League

The Toronto Rock scored the first 10 goals of the game, and cruised past the New York Saints 21-7 in front of a Friday night crowd of 16,796 at the Air Canada Centre. The win gives the Rock the Northern Division title.

Blaine Manning got the rout off to a strong start, scoring at 2:07 and 7:05 of the first quarter, and recording the first of his six assists as Ken Millin made the score 4-0 lead than 10 minutes into the game. Jim Veltman, who assisted on the first two goals, scored one of his own at 7:30, and Pat Coyle added an unassistd tally at 11:18.

Manning completed a hat trick at 2:26 of the second stanza, Millin scored for the second time, Dan Stroup made the score 8-0 at 7:05, and Colin Doyle completed the run with tallies at 8:01 and 9:04.

Gavin Prout put the Saints on the board at 9:27 of the second quarter, and two Clark's -- Toronto's Glenn and New York's Jason -- swapped tallies to close out the half.
Saints goalie Phil Wetherup continued to take a beating in the third quarter, as both Doyle and Steve Toll collected two goals and an assist and the Rock extended their lead to 16-2.
Chris Driscoll had two goals and an assist as the Saints matched Toronto's five fourth-quarter goals, but New York never gained any ground.

Millin was the game's top goal-scorer with five. Doyle had four goals and three assists, and Manning finished with a hat trick and six assists. Driscoll paced the Saints with two goals and two assists.

Rock goalie Bob Watson stopped 25 shots through three periods to take the win. Anthony Cosmo mopped up, turning away 12 shots through the final 15 minutes.

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