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Jr. Swarm Team


    Team Information:

    The Jr. Swarm program started with (1) Bantam team in the summer of 2013. In 2014, the Jr. Swarm program is looking forward to adding more teams across different age levels.

    2013 Age Divisions: Bantam

    2014 Age Divisions: PeeWee, Bantam and Midget (Tryout information will be released in the near future.)

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    What is the Jr. Swarm Program?

    The Jr. Swarm program is intended to help grow the game of box lacrosse in Minnesota. Members of the Jr. Swarm program participate in a form of box lacrosse that is played by amateurs across Canada and professionally in the NLL. Jr. Swarm players are exposed to a more traditional version of the sport that allows for more physical play (cross checking is allowed) while adding more padding for player safety. Jr. Swarm teams will compete in national and international box lacrosse tournaments.

    Benefits of Playing on the Jr. Swarm:

    • Coached by Professionals! Our coaches are both NLL and MLL All-Stars as well as NCAA DI All-Americans
    • Exposure to collegiate and pro lacrosse coaches during tournaments
    • Player Development is our No. 1 focus
    • Box Lacrosse helps enhance your Field Game (Box players are exposed to quicker stick skills, tighter passing lanes and smaller shooting windows)
    • Opportunity to travel across the country with your teammates and family
    • Players receive (1) Swarm Season Ticket

    "Being a part of the finesse and physicality of box lacrosse has been a great experience for me. I feel that I have learned and improved as an overall lacrosse player. Learning to adapt in tight space while reading defenders and offensive players has been the biggest improvement in my game.”

    - Paul RabilNLL & MLL All-Star, NCAA All-American


    "I've been learning so much from the coaches because they've been in every situation. They push us hard three times a week, but it's always fun."

    - Jr. Swarm Player, Mitchell Durst.

    Questions?

    Alec Schimke

    Director of Media & Lacrosse Relations

    Phone: 651-726-1759


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    Jr. Swarm Media Coverage:

    JUNIOR SWARM COACHES

    AIME CAINES

    • Assistant Coach for the Minnesota Swarm
    • Assistant Coach for the University of Minnesota Men's Club lacrosse team
    • Head Coach of the East Ridge High School lacrosse team
    • Former NLL player with the Columbus Landsharks, Montreal Express and the Buffalo Bandits.
    • Director of the Minnesota Swarm Youth Box League

    RYAN BENESCH

    • Forward for the Minnesota Swarm (2010-13)
    • 2011 NLL Scoring Champion
    • Scored a team record 7 goals in a game in 2011
    • All-time leading goal scorer in team history
    • Two-time NLL All-Star
    • 2007 NLL 1st Round Pick (1st overall)

    Jr. Swarm players also received professional coaching from:

    • Andrew Suitor: Under Armour Athlete... Swarm Captain... 2012 NLL Transition Player of the Year... NLL All-Star... 2010 1st Round Draft Pick... Mann Cup and Minto Cup winner.
    • Jordan MacIntosh: Under Armour Athlete... Swarm faceoff specialist... 2013 NLL Transition Player of the Year... NLL All-Star... DI All-American (R.I.T.)... MLL All-Star (Field)... 2011 1st Round Pick... Mann Cup winner.
    • Kiel Matisz: Under Armour Athlete... Swarm forward... 2013 NLL All-Rookie Team... Swarm rookie record holder for goals (29)... DI All-American (Robert Morris)... 2012 1st Round Pick... MLL Rising Star (Field).
    • Tyler Carlson: Swarm goalie... Mann Cup winner.
    • Corbyn Tao: Swarm forward... Robert Morris graduate... 2011 2nd Round Pick.
    • Joe Sullivan: Swarm head coach... Mann Cup winner.
    • Special locker room speech from NLL all-time leading scorer & Buffalo Bandits forward John Tavares.

    Box Lacrosse Testimonials

    6x NCAA Champion & Denver University Coach Bill Tierney on Box Lacrosse:

    “If I had my choice, I would have every player under the age of 12 play box lacrosse exclusively or at least a majority of the time.  The number of touches of the ball and the ability to develop better stick skills in a game of box lacrosse far surpasses what happens on a field.  Learning how to pass and catch in traffic, understanding how to shoot, and developing a sense of physicality are all positive traits developed by the box game.”

    NLL/MLL All-Star Paul Rabil on Box Lacrosse:

    “Being a part of the finesse and physicality of box lacrosse has been a great experience for me. I feel that I have learned and improved as an overall lacrosse player. Learning to adapt in tight space while reading defenders and offensive players has been the biggest improvement in my game.”

    4x NCAA Champion & University of Virginia coach Dom Starsia on Box Lacrosse:

    "When you watch Canadian kids score, when you see their skill level around the cage, you wonder to yourself, 'Jeez, are we teaching kids [in the U.S.] the wrong things?"

    NLL/MLL All-Star Casey Powell on Box Lacrosse:

    “I knew that if I wanted to be one of the best players in the world, I would have to dedicate myself to both the indoor and the outdoor game. Playing indoor lacrosse has been a great thing for my career.”

    2013 Bantam Jr. Swarm Roster

    # First Name Last Name Hometown
    2 Blake Dickson Ramsey
    5 Mitchell Durst Delano
    6 Michael Vanstelten Rogers
    7 Jack Denzer Champlin
    10 David Bauer Rogers
    14 Brandon Hudachek St Paul
    15 Zachary Christensen New Richmond, Wis.
    16 Samuel Hinrichs Andover
    19 Jack Welch Carver
    20 Joshua Miller Delano
    22 Avery Fleischman Ramsey
    25 Peter Hoffman St. Michael
    26 Hunter Peterson Ramsey
    27 Cole Herder Cottage Grove
    33 Chandler Foerster Minneapolis
    39 Ben Strand Chanhassen
    46 Nolan Brunn Anoka
    49 Nate Sitzman Woodbury