The Saskatchewan Rush will be relying on Adrian Sorichetti to scoop loose balls again this season. The Whitby, Ont., product recovered 81 loose balls in 2016 and another 65 last season while improving on the scoresheet. Sorichetti rode a four-game goal scoring streak early in the season to a 10-goal campaign in 2017.
The Hofstra University (NCAA) product who won silver with Canada at the World U-19 Field Lacrosse Championships said Saturday’s season opener against the Rock in Toronto will be a tough test.
“Obviously the Eastern side is very talented and obviously being in Toronto it’s going to be their home opener, with the target on our backs, they’re going to be coming out with a strong force, we just need to be prepared,” said Sorichetti.
The 2013 second-round draft choice taken 13th overall by the Rush pointed out this year’s team is determined to rebound from last year’s loss to Georgia in the Champion’s Cup final.
“Getting all the guys on the same page is helpful, but we definitely have to stick to our systems and come out knowing they’re going to be strong.”
The Rush played in front of over 9-thousand SaskTel Centre fans in the Nov. 18 preseason win over Georgia and said you can feel the excitement building for this season.
“It was great,” said Sorichetti who felt the amount of work leading up to the 24-9 preseason win over the Swarm paid off.
“We put in a lot of effort and a lot of time into just preseason practicing and battling against one another, so it was a lot of fun battling against a different coloured jersey and I thought the guys looked great and obviously Georgia was making a few more adjustments to their team and it was a great experience,” said the man nicknamed spaghetti who added it appeared Rush fans are ready for another season.
“I’m happy to see the fans are out in full force already.”
Saturday’s game can be heard on 98-COOL beginning with the Rush-Hour pregame show at 5 p.m. Game time is at 6 o’clock.