Minnesota Swarm prepares for second straight NLL semifinal game.

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Photo Credit: Matt Blewett/The Minnesota Sports Report

 

Photo Credit:  Matt Blewett/The Minnesota Sports Report
Jordan MacIntosh scores on a diving play against the Bandits

The Minnesota Swarm has defied the odds defeating the number one seed Toronto Rock last week in an impressive 20-11 victory, the latest in a series of 20+ victories for the team in the second half of the season.

On March 29, the team broke its single game scoring record putting up 20 points on the Philadelphia Wings in a raucous game at The Hive in St. Paul, Minnesota.  A week later on April 6, the Swarm crushed the Buffalo Bandits and beat their week-old single game scoring record 21 points and ….

The Swarm is a young team this year with the majority (15 of 23) of the roster being rookies and second year players.  The Swarm lost its captain early in the season to a knee injury and struggled mightily over the first half of the season.  The team bounced back nicely to win five of its last seven games, clinching the final playoff spot with a win over the Colorado Mammoth on April 13.

 The team won over 25% of the NLL player of the week awards (17 of 64) including an impressive four straight (five of six) Transition player of the week awards for Jordan Macintosh over the last six weeks of the season.  MacIntosh also picked up the 2013 NLL Transition player of the year, the second year that a member of the Swarm has won the honor, Andrew Suitor picked up the award in 2012.

The Minnesota Swarm vs Rochester Nighthawks division championship game played on May 4, 2013 will be a battle of offense vs. Defense as the Nighthawks.  MacIntosh, the 2013 transition player of the year will be matched up against the 2013 NLL goalie of the year in Matt Vinc who gave up only 10.17 goals per game.

You can watch the semifinal game on CBS Sports Network at 3:00 p.m. central time.  There is a viewing party at Burger Moe’s by the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report for more information about the Swarm and NLL playoffs.