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Toronto Rocks Ottawa, 13 10

02/07/2003, 10:58am EST
By National Lacrosse League

The Ottawa Rebel battled against the defending NLL champion Toronto Rock but fell short during a 13-10 defeat at the Air Canada Centre. The loss keeps the Rebel winless against Toronto in franchise history (0-6). Trailing 6-1 early in the second quarter, the Rebel fought back with four unanswered goals to end the second quarter and trailed by a lone goal (5-6) at halftime. But the Rock regained control - and the momentum -- early in the third quarter by scoring the first three goals of the frame.

The Rebel got to within a pair of goals when captain Bruce Codd scored his second goal of the game at 9:06 of the fourth quarter, but the Rock sealed the victory when Kevin Finneran scored his fourth goal of the game with 1:42 remaining.

Kevin Finneran led the Rock with four goals and an assist. Colin Doyle (1g, 6a), Blaine Manning (3g, 2a), and Jim Veltman (2g, 3a) also helped Toronto to victory. Anthony Cosmo got the win in goal for Toronto, recording 30 saves en route to victory.

Ottawa was led by Mat Giles (4g, 0a) and Kevin Howard (2g, 2a). Matt Disher made 34 saves between the pipes despite the losing effort.

Toronto improves to 6-2, as they travel across the border to meet the Buffalo Bandits (5-2) in a rivalry game for the top spot in the NLL. Ottawa falls to 3-4, looking to bounce back next Saturday when they host the Philadelphia Wings.

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