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Swarm rally falls short in Boston

April 10, 2010 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Minnesota Swarm News Release

SAINT PAUL, MN - The National Lacrosse League's (NLL) Minnesota Swarm (5-9) staged another late rally Saturday night, but suffered a 13-8 defeat on the road against the Boston Blazers (7-7) in front of 10,032 fans at TD Garden.

Boston was up 9-4 in the third quarter before the Swarm found some of Friday's fourth-quarter magic, when they rallied from three goals behind during their 12-11 loss to Rochester. Saturday's five-goal deficit proved too much for Minnesota, who still managed to score four unanswered to momentarily pressure Boston for the lead. The Swarm landed 54 shots but Blazers G Anthony Cosmo was stellar, stopping 46 for the victory.

F Sean Pollock (2g, 0a), who became the Swarm's all-time leading goal scorer (118) Friday night, scored two clutch goals early in the fourth quarter to pull the Swarm within one. Boston F Nick Cotter (4g, 2a) tallied a natural hat trick in the fourth quarter to seal the deal. F Dan Dawson (2g, 4a), F Daryl Veltman (2g, 4a) and F Mat Giles (2g, 4a) posted identical numbers to round out the Blazers offense.

While the Swarm's record suffered a blow this weekend, it was their franchise records that really took a beating.

On Friday night, Minnesota Swarm F Callum Crawford set the franchise record for points in a single season, notching six against the Rochester Knighthawks (2g, 4a). On Saturday night, he broke Minnesota's single-season assist record in the first quarter. Crawford, the NLL's reigning Offensive Player of the Week, tallied six assists, giving him 57 on the season with two games to play. Former Swarm F Ryan Ward held the previous assist record with 52 in 2007.

Crawford's 85 points (28g, 57a) lead the team. F Aaron Wilson, who tallied six points (3g, 3a) Friday night at Xcel Energy Center, hangs close behind with his career-high 79 points (35g, 44a) on the year. Those 35 goals stand alone as Minnesota's all-time single-season goals record.

Wilson tied the record during a 4-on-3 power play in the second quarter, taking a nice feed from F Zack Greer (1g, 1a) and stuffing it in the side of the net. It didn't take long for Wilson to make it his own: five minutes into the third quarter, he buried one on the power play. Just 50 seconds later, Wilson notched the hat trick; he totaled four points (3g, 1a). Ward also held the Swarm's previous goals record, tallying 33 in 2008.

F Ryan Benesch tallied five points (1g, 4a), continuing to break his career highs with 74 points on the season (23g, 51a). G Nick Patterson, playing in back-to-back nights, stopped 32 shots. Jay Thorimbert (0g, 1a) continues adding to his franchise-record 128 loose balls. He also won 18 faceoffs and fed Kevin Ross (1g, 1a) for a big goal late in the second quarter.

Watch the best lacrosse players with man's best friend on "Dog Night" next Saturday, April 17 when the Swarm face-off against the Philadelphia Wings at 7:35 p.m. CST at Xcel Energy Center. Fans in attendance with their dogs will have special seating accommodations. Proceeds will benefit Can Do Canines and Tom Reid's Hockey City Pub will be hosting the post-game party with drink specials.

Lower level single game tickets can be purchased for as low as $24 to each of the remaining two 2010 home games. Tickets are available online at or by calling 888-MN-SWARM.

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