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Reading Rockets notes: Bland named PLL Player of Week, three are signed

Friday, 12th October 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, Pro, Posted 10/12/12
From Press Release

Reading Rockets forward Travis Bland has been named the PLL Player of the Week for Week Four. The Georgetown, Ontario native notched a pair of goals and nine assists in an 18-17 OT loss to Jacksonville on Saturday to raise his season total to 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists) in two games.

The Rockets’ Assistant Captain played for Ajax in CLA this summer, posting 44 points (16 goals, 28 assists). Rockets teammates Brendan Muise and Jesse Guerin also spent time with Ajax this summer. The trio looks to get the Rockets into the win column this weekend against the Charlotte Copperheads.

“Obviously, this is a nice honor for me personally, but, as a team, we’re looking to get the win this weekend. That’s our focus,” said Bland.

The Rockets continue their inaugural season home schedule on Friday, November 9th against the Charlotte Copperheads at the Sovereign Center in downtown Reading. Everyone is encouraged to join in the support of our nation’s military for Military Appreciation Night. Portions of ticket sales and a portion of the proceeds from the postgame jersey auction will benefit Keystone Wounded Warriors and the VA Hospital in Reading. Tickets can be purchased online at and through the Sovereign Center Box Office.


The Reading Rockets announced the signing of lefty forward Jesse Guerin. The 24 year old Canadian is currently signed with the Minnesota Swarm of the NLL and was the second leading scorer in the highly-talented MSL, finishing with 59 points (22 goals, 37 assists) in just 14 games this past summer.

“To add a player of this caliber is a no-brainer for us,” said Rockets Vice President and General Manager Andy Makal. “Jesse gives us legitimate box lacrosse experience and a great offensive weapon on the left side. We’re excited to get him on the field.”

Joining Guerin are forwards Linden Stevens and Preston Lay, both of whom have experience in CLAX and Can-Am lacrosse. Stevens, who scored four goals in his Rockets debut last weekend, is a 5’11” 215 pound forward who joins Travis Bland and Andrew Lazore on the right side. 6’1″ 205 pound lefty Preston Lay, also a Western New York native, has been a high scoring forward in the CanAm League.

“All in all, we believe we’ve added some talented guys to our lineup,” added Head Coach Tom Slate. “These guys all have indoor lacrosse experience and talent. They give us a chance to win every night.”


The Reading Rockets have announced that the dates previously scheduled against the New Jersey Rascals have officially been cancelled. The team had hoped to find a suitable opponent to fill the dates, but were unsuccessful.

“We hoped we could find an opponent for the dates who would maintain the high standards of play we expect in our league rather than a filler team,” said Rockets Vice President and General Manager Andy Makal.

“When you get down to it, we didn’t feel like our fans deserved a diluted product,” he added. “We would love to be able to play as many times as we can in front of the best sports town and the best fans a team could ask for, but the New Jersey situation puts a kink in the works a bit.”

The team plans to continue with the previously announced promotions for The Opportunity House and Autism Speaks, and will have a special offer for those who purchased season tickets. For more information, check out, as well as Facebook and Twitter!


Reading Rockets Lose Late Lead

Jacksonville, FL – October 6, 2012 – The Reading Rockets headed south last weekend looking to avenge last week’s overtime loss to the Bullies, but found themselves playing extra time again and falling 18-17 in OT. Jacksonville’s Shawn Wilkins scored with just 0:00.4 left on the clock in the 4th Quarter to send the game into OT and Kiel Matisz scored his sixth goal of the contest at the 12:01 mark to close out a chippy affair between the two teams. Travis Bland chipped in 11 points (two goals, nine assists) to lead the Rocket attack.

The first quarter began with Reading jumping out to a quick two goal lead, but the Bullies responded with a pair of their own and Jacksonville closed out the first quarter with a 6-5 lead. Five of their six goals were scored by Matisz and Andrew Kirkaldy. Jacksonville’s assault continued in the second quarter as Wilkins took over, scoring three goals in 5:37 to extend the lead to 11-8 at the half.

Newcomer Linden Stevens began the second half with his second goal of the game and Travis Bland added another as the Rockets fired back with five third quarter goals, including Stevens’ third and the first of three by veteran Dan Deckelbaum. Elliott Bender scored a man down at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but Reading would respond with a pair of power play goals just 25 seconds apart to take the lead. Deckelbaum would add what would have been an insurance goal at 2:57, but the Bullies wouldn’t go away.

Junior Bucktooth scored a power play goal at 1:44 to bring Jacksonville within one before Wilkins’ heroics would send it into overtime. Matisz rushed up the middle to pot the game winner and send Reading home with its second straight OT loss. Jacksonville’s home win is the first for a PLL team this season.


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