Andrew Watt (Photo Credit: Alec Schimke)
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Swarm concluded its second training camp session this past weekend in Grimsby, Ontario. During the three-day session, the Swarm continued to build momentum for its upcoming preseason games against Rochester (Dec. 17) and Toronto (Dec. 18).
Head Coach Mike Lines was more than pleased with the Swarm’s “competitive nature” at training camp the past two weekends and added that determining the final roster with the amount of talent on display will not be an easy task.
“They (players) are going to make our decisions tough,” Lines said. “That’s what camp is all about and that’s what we wanted. Our final roster decisions will come down to a philosophy thing . . . the style of play we’re going to run and who fits in those systems the best.”
Minnesota has this upcoming weekend off before it travels back to the East Coast for an exhibition game against the Rochester Knighthawks at The Blue Cross Arena on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. ET. The Swarm then returns to the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena - the site of its first training camp session - for a scrimmage against the defending NLL champion Toronto Rock on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. ET.
“The big thing for us is that we’re getting the chance to look at two Eastern teams,” Lines said. “We haven’t done well against Eastern teams the last couple of years; getting a shot against these guys will give us a better perspective at where we need to go.”
Minnesota begins its eighth season of play in the NLL on Saturday, Jan. 14 on the road against the Colorado Mammoth at 8 p.m. CT. The Swarm hosts the Buffalo Bandits on Treasure Island Field at Xcel Energy Center for its home opener on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. CT.