Toronto, Edmonton Pick up Friday Night Wins

"We became stagnant and comfortable," said Stealth defender and team captain Kyle Sorensen. "The mental preparation wasn't there. We turned the ball over too much. We made mistakes all over the floor. We didn't get stops when we needed them."

With 10:25 to go in the third, Sorensen seized a rare opportunity for a defender, grabbing a loose ball and sprinting the length of the floor throwing the ball past Rush goaltender Aaron Bold at point blank range. But the apparent score was waved off after Sorensen was ruled to have stepped in the crease.

On the change of possession, the Rush's Jarrett Davis took the ball up the floor and scored just 11 seconds later to extend the Edmonton lead to 10-5.

It was a two-goal swing that could have gone the other way.

"We needed to bear down there," said Sorensen. "It turned a potential three-goal game into a five-goal game pretty quick."

The final quarter started as the third left off with Matthews, the first overall pick in the NLL Entry Draft, tallying his fifth and sixth scores of the night by the 7:02 mark.

Washington attempted a late rally with Duch netting two of the next three to make it 14-9 at 4:53 and Athan Iannucci getting his second just 51 seconds later to make it 15-10. But Zach Greer added insurance for the Rush at 2:11 with the final goal of the contest.

"We've got to look at it," said Hall. "We've played two great games defensively (allowing just 13 total goals in a narrow road loss to Rochester and last weekend's home win against Colorado). Tonight we got away from the things that we needed to do."

For the Stealth, Duch led all scorers with four goals and four assists for eight points, while Iannucci had two goals and two assists for four points. Brett Bucktooth finished with a goal and two assists.

Matthews led the way for the Rush with six goals and an assist for seven points, while Ryan Ward finished with two goals and four assists for six points.

The Stealth return home Saturday, Feb. 23 for a 6:45 p.m. home match-up with West Division rival Calgary Roughnecks. Game time at Everett's Comcast Arena is 6:45 p.m. PST.

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