Second thoughts on the Swarm season

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Photo Credit: Matt Blewett/The Minnesota Sports Report

It is said that time can make the heart grow fonder. The Minnesota Sports Report’s support of the the local Lacrosse team, the Minnesota Swarm, though our article article summarizing the Toronto Rock game last Sunday contained some negativity regarding the lackluster play of the team early on.  Sometimes a second look is warranted, in this case it was.

The 5-0 lead that the Swarm gave the Rock set a pessimistic tone for Swarm fans that, despite excellent play in the fourth quarter, caused the fans to check out through much of the second half and as overtime set in.  That said, I don’t think enough was said about the fantastic comeback the team showed great poise as they battled back from a 5-0 (and 6-1) deficit in the first half to outscore the Rock 7-2 over the course of two and a half quarters.

One outstanding high point of this season has been the blossoming of rookie, number one overall pick, Logan Schuss.  The six-foot, lefty forward has amassed 19 goals and 19 assists in eleven games with the Swarm and leads the Swarm in goals scored. Billed as a prolific scorer, Schuss took a few games to acclimate himself to the NLL but, against the Toronto Rock on March 16, 2014, Schuss opened the Swarm scoring with one of the prettiest behind the back goals that have been scored at The Hive (the Xcel Energy Center) in the last few years.

Another aspect of the game on Sunday that was overshadowed by the rough start (the first quarter and a half) was that the Swarm outplayed the Rock for the majority of the game, putting up 58 shots to the Rock’s 48, out-shooting the Rock 49-29 in the final three quarters of the game. The teams is playing a fun brand of lacrosse, and they are a couple of bounces away from winning two of the last three home games.  In five of their nine losses, the team has lost by just two goals or less.

The Minnesota Swarm will take on the Buffalo Bandits in a home game at The Hive on Sunday March 23 at 1:00 p.m.  Fans can watch Schuss as well as fan favorites Andrew Suitor, Jordan MacIntosh, Callum Crawford and the rest of the Swarm play for a spot in the playoffs.

The Swarm is currently .5 games out of the playoff hunt and a win over the number one team in the East will make a statement that the Swarm are not out of the hunt yet. Tickets can be purchased from the Swarm’s website.

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