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NLL Lacrosse: Minnesota Swarm Defeats Philadelphia On "The Hive Cares" Night

The Swarm look to continue their winning ways, and also beat cancer all in the same night.

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Minnesota Swarm Clinch Third Seed In NLL Western Conference Playoffs

We already knew that the Minnesota Swarm were going to be in the National Lacross League playoffs, as they clinched a spot last week with their victory over the Washington Stealth. After defeating the Philadelphia Wings on "The Hive Cares" night at Treasure Island Field, we know not only where the Swarm will be seeded, but who they will meet in the first round of post-season play.

The Swarm's victory on Saturday night, coupled with the Calgary Roughnecks 9-6 victory over the Edmonton Rush, gave the Swarm the third seed in the NLL's Western Conference playoffs. The Roughnecks clinched the top spot in the Western Conference, and the top seed in the NLL playoffs overall. Calgary and Edmonton will face off in the first round of the NLL Western Conference playoffs on the weekend of May 4-6.

The number two seed, and the team that the Swarm will face in the first round, also happens to be the team that the Swarm will host in Saturday's regular season finale, the Colorado Mammoth. This could be considered bad news for the Swarm, as they have not had much success against Colorado this season. The two teams have faced off twice, with the wooly ones coming out on top both times. . .Colorado scored a 20-14 victory in Denver back on January 14, and a 12-7 win at Treasure Island Field on February 18.

If you want to get a playoff preview, the Swarm and Mammoth will face off at Treasure Island Field on Saturday, April 28 in the regular season finale for both teams. You can get tickets at the XCel Energy Center box office or through the Minnesota Swarm's website, as well as Ticketmaster locations throughout the Twin Cities area. If you can't make it to the game, and you have it as part of your cable package, the game will also be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.

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Minnesota Swarm Defeat Philadelphia Wings, 15-10

The Minnesota Swarm continued a successful 2012 National Lacrosse League season, sweeping their season series against the Philadelphia Wings with a 15-10 victory at Treasure Island Field.

The biggest crowd of the year, 9,357 fans, cheered the team on for "The Hive Cares" Night in St. Paul. The team wore commemorative black jerseys as part of the NLL's campaign to "Black Out" cancer. They also wore patches with the #16 on them in honor of their teammate, Joe Wasson, who was recently diagnosed with the disease. Proceeds of Saturday night's events benefitted the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund.

Kevin Ross led the Swarm in scoring with nine points (five goals, four assists). Callum Crawford, the Swarm's leading scorer, also chipped in nine points, with those coming on one goal and a career-high eight assists. The Swarm's leading goal scorer, Ryan Benesch, found the back of the net four times as well.

Goalie Evan Kirk rebounded from a tough first quarter to get the complete game victory. Kirk allowed five goals to the Wings in the first stanza, but only five total goals in the three periods that followed, including holding the Wings scoreless in the third period of play. The Swarm trailed 5-4 after the first quarter of play, and came back to grab an 8-7 lead at halftime, but Kirk's outstanding third quarter enabled the Swarm to open up a 13-7 lead going into the fourth period.

The Swarm's victory over the Wings gave them their first sweep of any opponent this year, and gave them a 4-2 record against the Eastern Division, the first time they've had a winning mark against the East since moving to the Western Division in 2009.

Minnesota will finish the 2012 regular season at Treasure Island Field on Saturday, April 28 at 6:30 PM when they host the Colorado Mammoth. The game will be aired live on the CBS Sports Network, so you can check the team out on television if you can't make it to St. Paul to see the game.

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NLL Lacrosse: Minnesota Swarm host Philadelphia Wings for "The Hive Cares" Night

The Swarm look to continue their winning ways, and also beat cancer all in the same night.

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