- Portland Tribune - Sports
Next: Portland (3-12) can ruin Edmonton's chances at the National Lacrosse League playoffs when the two teams square off 7 p.m. Friday in the Rose Garden. It's the season finale for Portland.
Playoff picture: Colorado (11-3), Arizona (9-5) and San Jose (8-6) have clinched NLL Western Division playoff berths. Edmonton (6-8) can clinch the fourth spot with two wins, or a win over Calgary (7-7) on Saturday and a Calgary loss against Arizona on Friday.
Eyeing draft: Portland and New York (3-11) are vying for the No. 1 pick in the NLL draft.
Holman hot: Rookie Matt Holman has hat tricks in the past three games, and he nearly helped Portland beat San Jose last Friday (9-8 loss). … Quote: 'The margin of error is so small in this league,' Brodie Merrill says, 'there's not that big of a difference between where we're at and where Colorado is at.' … Merrill, on the Jax coaches: 'They're not to blame. They've prepared us very diligently.'
- Jason Vondersmith