The Arizona Sting needs wins and they need them fast.
The local professional lacrosse team watched Buffalo's Jason Crosbie score a pair of goals in the fourth quarter Saturday night and those scores proved to be the difference in a 13-11 loss for Arizona at Buffalo.
The loss dropped the Sting to 5-7 and three losses behind San Jose for the third and final playoff spot in the West Division with four games to go.
That puts the Sting in the position of likely having to win their remaining four games to have a shot at the postseason.
Making matters worse, Arizona still has two more games left on the road where the team is 1-5 this year, and one of the remaining home games is this week against league-leading Colorado (10-2), winners of six straight.
When Arizona was the Columbus Landsharks last year, an 8-8 record was not good enough to get them into the postseason.
Friday's game against Colorado will likely be another high-scoring affair. The two teams have played close contests in their first two matchups this seasons n both Colorado wins n and three of the league's top four scorers will be on display.
"Mr. Lacrosse" Gary Gait has 40 goals to lead the NLL, while teammate Gavin Prout has racked up 32, good for third best entering the week.
Arizona's Pat Maddalena, who had two goals and three assists in the loss to Buffalo, is fourth in the NLL in goal scoring with 31.
Youth players get night to show stuff — During halftime of the game against Colorado, the Sting will host the first Arizona High School Indoor Lacrosse All-Star Game as part of "Arizona Youth Lacrosse Appreciation Night."
Prior to the Sting game, the All-Stars will participate in a skills competition, co-sponsored by Brine Lacrosse.
"This is going to be a tremendous evening," Sting coach Bob Hamley said. "We are truly committed to this community and are ecstatic with the growth of youth lacrosse here in the Valley, and this is our way of introducing these very talented young men to a much larger audience."
League honors two Sting players — Before last week's game against Buffalo, Sting players swept the NLL weekly awards for their performances in the 14-4 win over Rochester the prior week.
Maddalena was named NLL Offensive Player of the Week after scoring three goals and assisting on five others against Rochester.
Goalie Mike Miron was named Overall Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week for his 38-save performance. It was only the 10th time in league history a team was held to four or fewer goals in a game.