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"We think it's going to be a long, tough series and we've got to be at our best if we're going to win," concluded Sanderson.
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The 2009 Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) Mann Cup national championships kick off tonight, Friday September 4 at 7:45pm in the historic Queen's Park Arena. The first 1,000 fans into the arena will receive free Rally Towels. Game 2 is the following night: same time, same place.
goalie Anthony Cosmo (NLL Boston).
But winning on the road is never easy. In '07, the Peterborough Lakers became the first team to do it in over a decade of CLA Senior 'A' lacrosse.
"We're really excited, especially to be out here on the road," added Brampton star Josh Sanderson, the team's leading scorer who also picked up the 2009 NLL title with Calgary. "To be considered one of the top teams, you have to win (the Mann Cup) on the road. We're going to be ready to go."
Key for both teams will be getting a great start in the Best of 7 series.
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The 'Bellies can also take some confidence from 2008, when they scored first in three of four Mann Cup games and matched Brampton shot for shot in the statistical category.
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"We're just excited about the chance to play Brampton again, they took it to us last year," added New West tri captain Chris Gill (NLL Colorado), making reference to the fact Nike Vapormax Fashion that the Excelsiors swept a young 'Bellies squad in '08. "We've waited all year for this and we're ready to play. We can't wait for the anthem to start so we can get the series going."
New West is still young, as their three top scorers of Ilija Gajic, Cliff Smith and Jordan McBride have yet to crack the National Lacrose League (NLL), but they appear to be more relaxed, confident and skilled. Once again they swept through the WLA playoffs while Brampton was tightly tested back East, pulling out a last minute Game 6 win over Peterborough to advance.
"Everyone's excited and a little bit more comfortable this year. We're a little bit more focused, not as nervous," added two time WLA Playoff MVP Ilija Gajic. "Hopefully our hard work will be able to beat out their skill level. we have to try and play our game."
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New West GM Dan Richardson anticipates the largest crowd at Queen's Park Arena in recent memory on Friday to witness the Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) champion take on the Eastern Major Series League (MSL) in a rematch of '08.
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