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Swarm lose 14-8 at home

April 30, 2011 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Minnesota Swarm News Release

SAINT PAUL, Minn. -The National Lacrosse League's (NLL) Minnesota Swarm (8-8) fell to the Washington Stealth (8-8) by a score of 14-8 in front of 5,878 fans during the first round of the playoffs on Treasure Island Field at Xcel Energy Center.

After an early 5-1 Minnesota lead, the defending champion Washington Stealth came back to close the gap. Holding Minnesota scoreless in the fourth quarter, the Stealth's offense tallied a total of five unanswered goals.

In the third quarter, F Callum Crawford (2g, 1a) registered a goal at the 12:17 mark to give the Swarm a 7-6 lead. F Kevin Ross (2g, 1a) recorded what was to be the last Swarm goal of the game with 3:05 remaining. At the end of the quarter, Minnesota trailed Washington 10-8.

Forward Kevin Ross scored the lone goal of the second quarter at the 9:08 mark to put the Swarm up 6-3. The Stealth strung together three goals, two of which came with under 1:20 remaining, chipping away at Minnesota's lead and bringing the score to a 6-6 tie at halftime.

In the first quarter, T Rich Morgan (1g) netted the first goal of the game at the 13:10 mark to put the Swarm off to an early lead. Forwards Callum Crawford, F Aaron Wilson (1g, 2a) and Jamie Shewchuk (1g, 1a) each posted a goal to bring the score to 4-1 in Minnesota's favor. In his first playoff appearance, rookie transition player T Andrew Suitor (1g) notched a goal to bring Minnesota's lead to 5-1. At the end of the quarter, the Swarm led the Stealth 5-3.

Forwards Rhys Duch (3g, 4a) and Lewis Ratcliff (3g, 3a) led Washington with a hat trick a piece. Goalie Tyler Richards made 40 saves on 48 shots in 59 minutes of play.

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