2007 Toronto Rock season

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2007 Toronto Rock
League NLL
Division 4th East
2007 record 6-10
Home record 3-5
Road record 3-5
Goals for 187
Goals against 183
General Manager Mike Kloepfer
Coach Glenn Clark
Captain Jim Veltman
Alternate captains Blaine Manning
Chris Driscoll
Arena Air Canada Centre
Average attendance 15,851[1]
Team leaders
Goals Aaron Wilson (37)
Assists Blaine Manning (56)
Points Josh Sanderson (85)
Penalties in minutes Patrick Merrill (53)
Loose Balls Jim Veltman (143)
Wins Bob Watson (6)
Goals against average Bob Watson (11.01)

The Toronto Rock are a lacrosse team based in Toronto, Ontario playing in the National Lacrosse League (NLL). The 2007 season was the franchise's 11th season, and its 10th season as the Toronto Rock.

After firing head coach and GM Terry Sanderson following the 2006 season, the Rock hired Glenn Clark, who played for eight seasons with the franchise, as their new head coach. Clark led the Rock to their worst record ever, and first season under .500. However, both the Philadelphia Wings and Chicago Shamrox finishing with the same 6-10 record, and the Rock sneaked into the playoffs by virtue of tiebreakers. The celebration was short-lived, however, as the Rock scored only 6 goals losing their playoff game against the eventual champion Rochester Knighthawks.

2007 marked the first Rock season without All-Star forward Colin Doyle, who was traded with Darren Halls to San Jose in the off-season for former first-overall draft pick Ryan Benesch, Kevin Fines, and Chad Thompson. Benesch was named Rookie of the Year.

Regular season[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

Reference: [2]

East Division
P Team GP W L PCT GB Home Road GF GA Diff GF/GP GA/GP

1 Rochester Knighthawksxyz 16 14 2 .875 0.0 8–0 6–2 249 194 +55 15.56 12.12
2 Buffalo Banditsx 16 10 6 .625 4.0 6–2 4–4 207 188 +19 12.94 11.75
3 Minnesota Swarmx 16 9 7 .562 5.0 4–4 5–3 200 207 -7 12.50 12.94
4 Toronto Rockx 16 6 10 .375 8.0 3–5 3–5 187 183 +4 11.69 11.44
5 Chicago Shamrox 16 6 10 .375 8.0 4–4 2–6 176 191 -15 11.00 11.94
6 Philadelphia Wings 16 6 10 .375 8.0 4–4 2–6 178 186 -8 11.12 11.62
7 New York Titans 16 4 12 .250 10.0 3–5 1–7 195 233 -38 12.19 14.56
West Division
P Team GP W L PCT GB Home Road GF GA Diff GF/GP GA/GP

1 Colorado Mammothxy 16 12 4 .750 0.0 7–1 5–3 209 179 +30 13.06 11.19
2 Calgary Roughnecksx 16 9 7 .562 3.0 4–4 5–3 219 202 +17 13.69 12.62
3 Arizona Stingx 16 9 7 .562 3.0 6–2 3–5 188 181 +7 11.75 11.31
4 San Jose Stealthx 16 9 7 .562 3.0 4–4 5–3 181 170 +11 11.31 10.62
5 Edmonton Rush 16 6 10 .375 6.0 4–4 2–6 160 189 -29 10.00 11.81
6 Portland LumberJax 16 4 12 .250 8.0 3–5 1–7 153 199 -46 9.56 12.44

x: Clinched playoff berth; c: Clinched playoff berth by crossing over to another division; y: Clinched division; z: Clinched best regular season record; GP: Games Played
W: Wins; L: Losses; GBGames back; PCT: Win percentage; Home: Record at Home; Road: Record on the Road; GF: Goals scored; GA: Goals allowed
Differential: Difference between goals scored and allowed; GF/GP: Average number of goals scored per game; GA/GP: Average number of goals allowed per game

Game log[edit]

Reference:[3]

Game Date Opponent Location Score OT Attendance Record
1 January 13, 2007 @ Rochester Knighthawks Blue Cross Arena L 6–10 10,321 0–1
2 January 20, 2007 Rochester Knighthawks Air Canada Centre L 15–19 16,882 0–2
3 January 27, 2007 @ Philadelphia Wings (1987–2014) Wachovia Center L 9–10 11,292 0–3
4 February 2, 2007 @ Buffalo Bandits HSBC Arena W 14–10 13,659 1–3
5 February 3, 2007 Buffalo Bandits Air Canada Centre W 13–8 15,471 2–3
6 February 18, 2007 Chicago Shamrox Air Canada Centre W 11–10 15,200 3–3
7 February 23, 2007 @ Calgary Roughnecks Pengrowth Saddledome W 12–9 13,672 4–3
8 February 24, 2007 Calgary Roughnecks Air Canada Centre L 13–17 15,312 4–4
9 March 3, 2007 @ New York Titans Madison Square Garden L 10–13 7,434 4–5
10 March 16, 2007 @ Edmonton Rush Rexall Place L 9–12 11,547 4–6
11 March 17, 2007 Colorado Mammoth Air Canada Centre L 12–13 OT 15,614 4–7
12 March 23, 2007 @ Minnesota Swarm Xcel Energy Center W 13–6 8,184 5–7
13 March 30, 2007 Philadelphia Wings (1987–2014) Air Canada Centre W 15–6 16,813 6–7
14 April 6, 2007 Minnesota Swarm Air Canada Centre L 11–13 15,469 6–8
15 April 7, 2007 @ Chicago Shamrox Sears Centre L 13–15 5,007 6–9
16 April 14, 2007 New York Titans Air Canada Centre L 11–12 16,054 6–10

Playoffs[edit]

Game log[edit]

Reference:[4]

Game Date Opponent Location Score OT Attendance Record
Division Semifinal April 20, 2007 @ Rochester Knighthawks Blue Cross Arena L 6–10 7,003 0–1

Player stats[edit]

Reference:[5]

Runners (Top 10)[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; LB = Loose Balls; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player GP G A Pts LB PIM
Josh Sanderson 16 31 54 85 78 10
Blaine Manning 16 21 56 77 56 2
Aaron Wilson 16 37 34 71 110 17
Ryan Benesch 15 33 25 58 64 6
Jim Veltman 13 3 34 37 143 10
Chris Driscoll 16 12 16 28 91 14
Chad Thompson 16 14 10 24 56 11
Kevin Fines 13 15 7 22 30 21
Matt Shearer 9 9 10 19 19 4
Totals 290 477 285 1130 55

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played; MIN = Minutes; W = Wins; L = Losses; GA = Goals Against; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player GP MIN W L GA Sv% GAA
Bob Watson 16 855:37 6 8 157 .789 11.01
Mike Poulin 16 96:11 0 2 18 .757 11.23
Totals 6 10 183 .778 11.44

Awards[edit]

Player Award
Ryan Benesch NLL Rookie of the Year
Ryan Benesch Rookie of the Month, March
Ryan Benesch All-Rookie Team
Aaron Wilson All-Stars
Josh Sanderson

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

March 16, 2007[6]
To Toronto Rock
first round pick, 2007 entry draft
To Buffalo Bandits
Phil Sanderson
March 20, 2007[7]
To Toronto Rock
conditional fourth or fifth round pick, 2008 entry draft
To Chicago Shamrox
Rusty Kruger

Roster[edit]

Reference:[8]

No. Position Player
21 Canada Fwd Benesch, Ryan
37 Canada Def Campbell, Scott
23 Canada Def Carroll, Matt
93 Canada Trans Driscoll, Chris
17 Canada Def Fines, Kevin
Canada Fwd Kimpinski, Sean
Canada Fwd Kruger, Rusty
6 Canada Def Ladouceur, Dan
41 Canada Def MacArthur, Brad
Canada  ? MacLeod, Mike
16 Canada Fwd Manning, Blaine
14 Canada Def Marshall, Rob
9 Canada Def Merrill, Patrick
No. Position Player
77 Canada Fwd O'Brien, Tim
30 Canada Goalie Poulin, Mike
45 Def Riddell, Bryan
40 Canada Def Rubel, Ian
19 Canada Fwd Sanderson, Josh
Canada Def Sanderson, Phil
24 Canada Fwd Shearer, Matt
27 Canada Def Suddons, Derek
Canada Fwd Taylor, Jamie
12 Canada Def Thompson, Chad
32 Canada Trans Veltman, Jim
29 Canada Goalie Watson, Bob
10 Canada Fwd Wilson, Aaron

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