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Swarm Lose to Rochester in High-Scoring Affair

12/17/2011, 3:45pm CST
By mnswarm.com

Swarm lose 19-15 against Rochester in exhibition play Saturday night

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – It was a high-scoring affair at The Blue Cross Arena on Saturday evening, but in the end, the Minnesota Swarm came up short on the road, falling 19-15 to the Rochester Knighthawks in exhibition play.

The NLL’s reigning scoring champion – forward Ryan Benesch – added a team-high five goals for the Swarm in the loss, while rookie forwards Corbyn Tao and Joel Henry both had hot hands and recorded hat tricks. Tao tallied the game’s opening goal to give Minnesota an early 1-0 lead and Henry notched all three of his goals in the second half. Transition specialist Tyler Hass, F Jay Card, T Jordan MacIntosh, and D Dan Ball rounded out the scoring for the Swarm.

“We played everybody tonight and changed our lineup around a little bit in the second half to give other players a go,” Head Coach Mike Lines said. “We were putting some new systems in place, and for our first time out, it wasn’t all that bad. We pulled some really good things out of tonight’s game.”

Lines went on to add, “It was competitive. We battled hard and so did they. It wasn’t a real chippy game - there were some good, hard hits. Guys are out there on both sides of the floor trying to earn jobs. They (Rochester) are making cuts like we are too, so there were guys out there looking to make a mark on our teams.”

Rochester led 9-6 at halftime and continued to find the back of the net frequently in the second half; the Knighthawks opened the 4th quarter with a 16-10 advantage. After F Cody Jamieson notched his sixth goal on the night to extend Rochester’s lead to 18-12, the Swarm tallied two quick goals with less than five minutes to go to cut the deficit to 18-14. Benesch added Minnesota’s final goal on a long outlet pass from D Jeff Gilbert, but it was too little too late as Rochester held on to its 19-15 lead.

Lines said he was happy to see his younger players step up on offense and was impressed with Benesch’s five goals on Saturday. “We expect that from him,” he said. “He’s our offensive leader and he is going to score his goals. He played well.”

Minnesota will scrimmage the defending champion Toronto Rock tomorrow afternoon at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena to wrap up the preseason.

“We had some mental and communication issues that we would like to correct tomorrow,” Lines said. “We want to just shore up what we’re trying to do. We’re on the right page, we just have to come together as a team now.”

The Swarm opens the NLL regular season 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.

Swarm fans looking to lock up season tickets in 2012 can take advantage of a Buy 2 Get 2 at 50% offer. By purchasing two season tickets at full price, fans can add an additional two tickets for half the cost. Lower level single game tickets can be purchased for as low as $20 to all eight home games by calling 1-888-MN-SWARM or visiting mnswarm.com.

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Swarm Roster

Forwards

#40 Todd Baxter

#21 Ryan Benesch

#73  Jay Card

#98 Callum Crawford

#80 Joel Henry

#71 Kevin Ross

#37 Pat Smith

#89 Corbyn Tao

Defensemen

#39 Dan Ball

#86 Mitch Belisle

#81 Nik Bilic

#4 Joe Cinosky

#29 Brendon Doran

#43 Jeff Gilbert

#10 Brian Karalunas

#13 Matt Kelly

#82 Joe Wasson

Transition

#14 Shayne Bennett

#8 Greg Downing

#9 Tyler Hass

#24 Jordan MacIntosh

#11 Rich Morgan

#20 Andrew Suitor

#22 Andrew Watt

Goalies

#31 Tyler Carlson and Evan Kirk (Both players wearing #31)

#93 Nick Patterson

 

 

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