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Former Rebel Captain Back In Town

01/09/2003, 11:58am EST
By National Lacrosse League

Del Halladay
Any team in the NLL would love to have him. He's gifted on the crease with a quick stick and quick feet, he's agile and he can fake goalies out of their jock straps. And for a small guy, he's also resilient and can take a beating from opposing defenders.

He's Del Halladay, the 30-year-old former captain of the Ottawa Rebel and a native of Kelowna, B.C.

In his final year in Ottawa, Halladay was the team's leading scorer. He's won two Mann Cup national championships with the Victoria Shamrocks and is dangerous one-on-one and on the power play.

Now as a member of the Colorado Mammoth, formerly the Washington Power, Halladay is coming back to town to play his former team Saturday Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Civic Centre.

Combine the right-hander with left-handed stars Gary Gait, Ted Dowling and Fred Jenner and you have a dangerous offensive presence.

Add defenders John Rosa, Matt Ogelsby and Jamie Hanford, who is also a faceoff specialist, and you have a well-rounded squad.

They beat the defending champion Toronto Rock squad, 13-12, in double OT in their season opener. They look to remain perfect on their first road trip, with the lone game against the Rebel.

The only question mark for the Mammoth remains in goaltending.

Despite coming off a double-overtime win over the Toronto Rock, lacrosse fans wonder if starter Erik Miller can get the job done all season. But he silenced critics in the home opener facing 65 shots, stopping 53.

Last year's starter, Devin Dalep of Victoria, B.C., is not making the trip to Ottawa.

Rebel snipers Mat Giles, Stephen Evans, Kevin Dostie and Dan Marohl will look to exploit this weakness.

Ottawa's dynamic duo of Andrew Leyshon and Matt Disher outmatch the Mammoth duo of Miller and untested backup Tom Still.

The Rebel defense will have its hands full with the Gait-Dowling combination on the left side. Both players had multiple-point games in the season opener.

If the Mammoth have another weakness that Ottawa can exploit, it's overall team speed. Rebel defender/speedster Jamie Roy will likely be called upon to create lots of fast-break opportunities using his transition speed.

Ottawa (1-2) is in fourth place in the Northern Division behind Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. The Mammoth (1-0) are in first place in the Eastern Division ahead of the New Jersey Storm (1-1), Philadelphia Wings (0-1, and the New York Saints (0-3).

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