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Minnesota Swarm Fall To Colorado In Overtime

January 22, 2010 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Minnesota Swarm News Release


SAINT PAUL, MN - The National Lacrosse League's (NLL) Minnesota Swarm (1-2) lost a heartbreaker to the Colorado Mammoth (1-2) in overtime by a score of 15-14, in front of 8,648 fans at Xcel Energy Center Friday night.

F Aaron Wilson tallied a hat trick in the first half and finished with seven points (4g, 3a). F Callum Crawford notched eight points (3g, 5a) but their heroics weren't enough as Colorado's D Tim Ethington (1g, 0a) scored an overtime goal, giving the Mammoth their first win of the season. Crawford's goal with six minutes left gave the Swarm a late 14-13 lead but Colorado F Brian Langtry (3g, 2a) tied it up with less than two minutes to go.

"Tonight was an intense game. Both teams were hungry for a victory. Unfortunately Colorado walked away with the win in overtime. We'll regroup and get prepared for Buffalo next week," said Head Coach Mike Lines.

The Swarm were denied another victory against their division rivals from Colorado, who made a coaching change earlier in the week. Minnesota has never beaten the Mammoth.

Just two minutes into the game, Wilson, Minnesota's leading scorer, put the Swarm up early in the first period. The Mammoth took advantage of some Swarm penalties, scoring two power-play goals before Wilson added another tally. D Andrew Watt (2g, 1a) scored his third of year to give the Swarm a 3-2 lead, but the Mammoth's Jamie Shewchuk (3g, 3a) tied it up. D Scott Self (1g, 1a) made an end-to-end run, scoring to give the swarm a 4-3 lead late in the first and forcing the Mammoth to make a goalie change. Even with consistent scoring, the Swarm stayed close with the Mammoth in the first half.

T Jay Thorimbert (1g, 1a) converted on a nice two-on-one rush to give the Swarm life in the second quarter, but the action continued back and forth. F Zack Greer (1g, 2a) gave the Swarm a 6-4 lead before Wilson completed the hat trick flashing a quick-stick for a power-play goal midway through the second quarter. Crawford added another goal to put the Swarm up by four, but the Colorado answered with a rally of their own, tying up the score and prompting a Swarm goalie change. G Kevin Croswell came in for relief, stopping 34 shots. D Kevin Ross (1g, 3a), tallied a goalie with less than 20 seconds in the half to give the Swarm a 9-8 lead heading in to the break.

Colorado came out strong in the second half, scoring two unanswered goals. Former Swarm F Chad Culp totaled seven points (1g, 6a) to fuel the Mammoth before Crawford continued tearing it up. Lines threw the challenge flag in the third quarter after Crawford appeared to score, and after reviewing the play, the refs overturned the call to give the Swarm some momentum.

Defense and goaltending tightened up after that, but the Mammoth managed to head into the final frame with an 11-10 lead. A Mammoth penalty gave the Swarm a chance to tie it up; Crawford showed up again, setting up F Sean Pollock (1g, 4a) for the score only four seconds into the power play. Watt scored a two-on-one goal in the fourth to put the Swarm up before Colorado answered back again with two more tallies. Colorado just wouldn't quit, and after coming from behind all game, they were rewarded in overtime.

The Swarm will host the Washington Stealth on Saturday, February 13 at 7:35 p.m. CST at Xcel Energy Center. Lower level single game tickets can be purchased for as low as $24 for each of the eight 2010 home games. Tickets are available online at mnswarm.com or by calling 888-MN-SWARM.

Girls and coaches - don't miss out on the Swarm's lacrosse clinics on Saturday, February 13, when the Notre Dame women's lacrosse coaching staff will conduct exclusive clinics including drills, games and classroom sessions before the Swarm square off against Washington. Tickets to the game are included in the registration. Sign up online at mnswarm.com. Fans in attendance at the game will have a chance to win in-game prizes, including jewelry, getaways and more to celebrate Say I Do night at Xcel Energy Center. Fans can also participate in a poker tournament at the arena sponsored by Running Aces.

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