Expectations for the Edmonton Rush lacrosse team were exceeded when it defeated the Calgary Roughnecks 11-7 last Saturday.

Since the Rush’s inception in 2006, they had never made the National Lacrosse League playoffs, but now the team is getting ready to play a division final against the Washington Stealth on Saturday.

“The guys are pretty confident right now, actually,” said Derek Keenan, head coach for the Rush.

The game against the Stealth will be held at the Key Arena in Seattle, with the league intending to broadcast it live at nll.com.

“We know that Edmonton is a formidable opponent that defeated the defending champions last week,” said Stealth head coach Chris Hall.

“They have superstar Brodie Merrill and a goaltender that is hot as a firecracker, so I don’t think there a lot of secrets this time of year between the two teams of the last four clubs remaining.

“It will come down to who performs the best.”

In other Rush news, the NLL named Edmonton’s Brodie Merrill — who is also the league’s transition player of the year — as its player of the month for April.

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