January 22, 2011

Swarm's 4th Quarter Comeback Sinks Rush

from press release

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The National Lacrosse League’s (NLL) Minnesota Swarm (2-1) defeated the Edmonton Rush (0-3) 9-8 on Saturday night on Treasure Island Field at Xcel Energy Center.
 
Forward Mat Giles (2g, 1a) gave the Swarm an early lead, scoring the first two goals of the game.
 
In the second quarter, transition man Andrew Watt scored the lone, breakaway goal for the Swarm. Minnesota trailed Edmonton 5-4 at halftime.
 
During the fourth quarter, Tyler Hass recorded his first career goal, giving the Swarm its first lead, 8-7, since the first quarter.
 
Forward Ryan Benesch, who led Minnesota with five points (1g, 4a), and Callum Crawford, who tallied three points (2g, 1a) during the victory, each posted a goal for Minnesota in the fourth quarter.
 
Forward Aaron Wilson (2g, 2a) recorded a goal at the 1:52 mark in the fourth quarter to give Minnesota a 9-8 lead it would not relinquish.
 
Saturday’s matchup was highlighted by defensive play. For the second straight week, Minnesota gave up only eight goals.
 
Goalie Nick Patterson recorded 47 saves and two assists in the win. Patterson made his final save of the game as time expired and secured the victory for the Swarm.
 
Transition man Brodie Merrill led Edmonton with five points (3g, 2a). Goalie Matt Disher, formerly of the Minnesota Swarm, recorded 29 saves during the loss.
 
Minnesota picked up its first victory at home during the 2011 season with the win and its first defeat over Edmonton at home since 2009. During the 2010 regular season series, the Swarm went 0-2 against the Rush.


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