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Panther City Loses to Georgia Swarm

April 23, 2022 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Panther City Lacrosse Club News Release

Fort Worth, Texas - The Panther City Lacrosse Club (7-10) fell to the Georgia Swarm (9-8), 12 - 9, at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth Saturday night.

Panther City forward Nathan Grenon recorded his second career hat trick to lead Panther City with three goals, but Swarm brothers Miles and Lyle Thompson combined for seven of Georgia's 12 goals to secure the victory. Lyle Thompson also added three assists to lead all scorers with seven points.

On the defensive side of the ball, Panther City defenseman Patrick Foley recorded a career-high five caused turnovers, the most by any Panther City defenseman in a single game this season.

Panther City stays home to take on the Saskatchewan Rush (6-10) on Saturday, April 30. Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. CT at Dickies Arena.

Head Coach Tracey Kelusky

On the experience gained from playing with playoffs on the line...

"They are games that you want to win. Again, this whole process has been about learning. We competed. We did a lot of good things and I think at times we tried to do a little too much. We got out of sorts, did some things that were a little uncharacteristic for us, but we didn't find a way to win. We were certainly resilient in six of the last seven to find those wins, but when the going gets tough, I thought tonight we were in a spot of hoping instead of just going to do. And that comes with experience and truth be told, I am disappointed with the loss but a lot of good things."

On the positives in tonight's loss...

"We dug ourselves in a bit of a whole, we weren't efficient offensively to start the game, we were uncharacteristic in throwing the ball away and doing things we hadn't done in the recent stretch, but we found a way to get back in it. The thing we learned from tonight, is when it was 8 - 7 we had a chance to put the nail in the coffin and we didn't. That's an experience we will learn from and get better."

On the message to the team for next week...

"We didn't talk about playoffs, we haven't since our inception. We talk about getting better for the next week. [Assistant Coach Steve] Toll had a great post-game speech and that is what he talked about, making sure next week is going to be our best one. It is game 18, lets put all the pieces together. We evaluate collectively each game, but game 18 we have been preaching things, so who is dialed in and doing those things, it's a good opportunity for the boys."

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