Toronto Rock General Manager Terry Sanderson confirmed on Friday that the Professional Lacrosse Player's Association (PLPA) has withdrawn the appeal of the one-game suspension assessed to Rock defender Craig England. England will now serve a one-game suspension this Saturday when the Rock travel Rochester after the PLPA's appeal had allowed the rookie defenceman to play last week against Buffalo.
After league review, England was handed a match penalty for illegal cross-checking as a result of a hit during the Rock's home opener against Calgary back on January 3rd. The original penalty was a 2-minute minor for slashing.
England's suspension opens up an active roster spot that will be filled by rookie forward Eric Law. Law was a 3rd round pick (28th overall) by the Rock in the 2013 NLL Draft and began the season on the Rock practice roster.
The 22-year old native of Centennial, Colorado will be eligible to make his NLL debut this Saturday against the Rochester Knighthawks as the Rock face the back-to-back NLL Champions at the Blue Cross Arena.