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MAMMOTH SEEKS WIN IN ‘GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY’

On Saturday night, the Colorado Mammoth (0-1) hosts the Vancouver Stealth (0-0) on HealthONE Field at Pepsi Center for the team’s inaugural Star Wars Night. Fresh off a 13-10 season-opening loss to the Edmonton Rush, the Mammoth is seeking its first win of the season in ‘a galaxy far, far away’.

“The Star Wars theme is going to entertain and wow our fans, but it’s also our job to play better,” said Mammoth president & general manager Steve Govett. “As a team, we didn’t put forth our best showing last week.”

Despite getting outscored 9-3 in the second and third quarters combined, Colorado had a chance to tie the game late in the final frame. Down 11-10, captain John Grant Jr.’s shot from the point ricocheted off the post.

“I put everything I had into that shot,” said Grant. “Lacrosse is a game of inches. If that ball was an inch to the left, it’s a whole new game. That said, we need a better effort from the entire team, including myself.”

The two-time MVP had three goals and an assist. Adam Jones led Colorado with four goals and two helpers. This Saturday, Grant, Jones and the rest of the Mammoth take on a Stealth squad that has given them fits in recent memory. Vancouver has won 11 of the last 12 in the series.

“We’re going to change that on Saturday night,” said coach Bob Hamley. “The Stealth has been a bad match-up for us for the past few years, and it’s our responsibility to get a win in front of our fans.”

One of the challenges Hamley’s squad faces is forward Rhys Duch, who led the NLL in goals-scored (45) a season ago. Another is Mike Grimes, a Second-Team All-Pro selection in 2013. He ranked second last year among NLL defensemen with 20 points, tied for second in assists (12), and third in goals (8). Grimes also forced 14 turnovers.

“They have their stars, and we have ours,” said Hamley. “But it’s about more than stars! It’s about every player on the roster who suits up giving it his all, playing a full 60 minutes, and playing within our system.”

After Saturday’s contest (which is the season-opener for Vancouver), Colorado hits the road for three straight.

“That makes it even more important for us to come away with a ‘W’ this weekend,” said Grant. “We need to dominate at home.”

Whether home is Denver, or Colorado, or ‘a galaxy far, far away’, it’s the Mammoth’s responsibility to ‘Use the force!’ and start the New Year with a win on Saturday night.

Tickets and are on sale now at the Pepsi Center Box Office, all TicketHorse outlets, online at TicketHorse.com or by phone at 303.53.HORSE.

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