The Minnesota Swarm wait for the third quarter to start in their 12-9 loss to the Bandits. Photo Credit: Todd Foell, Todd James Photography.

Swarm Drop Second Straight, 12-9 to Buffalo Bandits

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Swarm Drop Second Straight, 12-9 to Buffalo Bandits

Another exciting game for the Swarm, but once again, they fall on the wrong side of the coin. With another chance to clinch the playoffs, the Swarm came out feisty and traded blows for 60 minutes with one of the best in the game.

For the first 50 minutes of the game, both teams appeared to be content to knock each other’s heads off rather than score goals. Both goaltenders made some huge saves, and the defenses locked down. To illustrate this point, the score at the end of one was 2-1 Swarm. Not exactly your typical NLL game.

Eventually, the offense turned on and the teams began trading goals. The physical play wouldn’t stop, and every time the Swarm would start to rally back, the Bandits would put their foot back on the gas. They came as close as one goal a couple times, but the Bandits were having none of it today.

Even the return home of captain Ryan Cousins and two goals from Benesch and Crawford were not enough to bolster the Swarm. The fans at the X did everything the could to pump up their team, at one point sounding louder with the 9294 announced crowd than any sell out from the Wild all season. Nothing seemed to be enough, though, and the Swarm drop their second straight.

With the win, the Bandits clinch a playoff spot in the East, and postpone the Swarm’s clinching yet again. The Swarm will try again on Saturday, here at the X at 6 PM.

We’ll see you then.

Also of note, SBNation welcomes Todd Foell of Todd James Photography to the family. You'll be seeing more of his work on SBNation Minnesota and Hockey Wilderness in the coming weeks. 

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Swarm Down 6-4 at the Half

An interesting affair here at the X thus far. Defenses have been tight, goaltenders making some huge saves, and the offenses stifled. Some great chances both directions have been turned away, including some full out player vs goaltender breakaways.

The game has been physical, even for an NLL game, both sides laying some big licks. Rory Smith was given a cross checking penalty, which SBN’s own Zachary Zielonka believes will get him some supplemental discipline.

Should be an exciting finish, yet again, as both teams can clinch a playoff berth with a victory. Tune in now on Versus for the conclusion of this one.

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Swarm Can Clinch Playoffs Against Bandits on National TV

The Swarm do not have much time to think about the loss to Edmonton on Friday. They have business to attend to, and the Buffalo Bandits aren’t the only ones in town today. With a playoff berth waiting to be clinched, Versus is broadcasting this game to a national television audience.

It’s a big stage, and one the Swarm have never been on before. Swarm coach Mike lines said "“To be on national television is great for our league, our organization and for lacrosse in general in Minnesota. This is an opportunity for us to showcase what we are all about and the exposure is only going to help our league.”

It’s also a chance to clinch the playoffs, something the thrilling loss in Edmonton failed to do. Buffalo is not going to make it easy on the Swarm, as the Bandits are riding a three game winning streak coming into this afternoon’s game.

The Swarm know who they are facing in the second place Bandits. Lines said, “Buffalo is a solid team and they’re playing very well right now. They’ve been running the same system for years now and they’re always a well prepared and coached team. They present a tough matchup and will also come in with a hot goaltender.”

The Swarm certainly look to have the pieces to hang with any team in the league, with the fourth ranked offense in the league. Led by NLL goal scoring leader Ryan Benesch, the Swarm also have Callum Crawford, Mat Giles, and Aaron Wilson to put the ball in the net if the Bandits figure out Benesch.

But I wouldn’t worry too much about that.

Catch the Swarm at the X at 1PM, or if you’re spending a lazy Sunday afternoon at home, flip on Versus. It’ll be worth it. Trust me.

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Swarm Fall to the Rush in Thriller 14-13: Game Re-cap

The beginning of this one didn’t look like your typical NLL game, with a score of 1-1 going long in the first quarter. However, the offenses would not stay asleep long, and both teams would score some monumental goals.

Once things got going, the teams were flying, both goaltenders came up with some big saves, and Nick Patterson had the Edmonton announcer yelling “HUGE SAVE BY PATTERSON!” on multiple occasions.

The end of the first half had the Swarm flying high, scoring goals, and going into the half tied up after being down 6-3 at one point. However, coming out for the second half, the Swarm did not register a shot on goal until Callum Crawford scored at the 9:38 mark.

Anytime the Swarm looked out, however, they would fight back. After falling behind by three goals twice, led by Ryan Benesch and Crawford, the Swarm would not go away. One goal by Crawford, in the third quarter was nothing short of filthy. Diving across the crease, Crawford pulled the ball behind his head and put it past Disher.

Benesch potted his 30th goal of the year, putting him in the NLL lead, had four total goals, and added four assists. Mat Giles added three goals and three assists, and Crawford had three goals and two assists.

Still, it just wasn’t enough as the Swarm and Rush traded goals back and forth right up until the final buzzer, with former Swarm member Zach Greer putting home the winner with just 3.5 seconds to play.

The loss delays the Swarm’s clinching of the playoffs, but that could come as soon as Sunday on national TV at 1PM back home at the Xcel Energy Center. We’ll see you there for the matinee against the Buffalo Bandits.

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Swarm and Rush tied at 7 at the first half

Both teams came out pretty slow, but things picked up. Both teams are getting physical, and could boil over in the second. Tons of illegal picks, some roughing calls, and some unsportsmanlike conduct calls.

Great game. If you are watching, get on it.

http://www.mnswarm.com/news_article/show/83324?referrer_id=257808

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Swarm Back in Action Against Rush

After what seems like a six and a half month layoff, the Minnesota Swarm are back in action tonight against the Edmonton Rush. In reality, the Swarm have been off since their March 4th meeting with the Colorado Mammoth, in which the Swarm pulled out an exciting 11-10 victory to begin a two game winning streak.

The Swarm currently sit with a 5-4 record, good for second place in the West, with just three games remaining after tonight. The lowly Rush are just 2-9, and the Swarm could use a victory to push them closer to locking up a playoff spot. 

While the Rush look to be an easy victory, the Swarm cannot afford to look past them to a nationally televised game on Sunday at home. The Rush's two victories game against the defending champion Washington Stealth. Coach Lines of the Swarm had this to say about the matchup:

“The bottom line is that they are fighting for their lives and regardless of what their record says right now, they are sitting in a playoff spot.This game is obviously huge for them and then they have a three-game series against Colorado coming up to determine the final playoff spot in our division.”

The game can be watched on MNSwarm.com, and starts at 8PM local time.

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