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Swarm's four All-Stars shine in West's 20-18 win

02/25/2012, 1:44pm CST
By mnswarm.com

Suitor, Benesch, Crawford and MacIntosh combined for eight goals

BUFFALO, NY. – Fresh off a 15-7 victory late Friday night, several members of the Minnesota Swarm were right back in action for the 2012 NLL All-Star Game on Saturday evening. Transition player Andrew Suitor, F Ryan Benesch, F Callum Crawford and T Jordan MacIntosh all caught red-eye flights on the West Coast after defeating the Washington Stealth and each tallied two goals a piece in the West’s 20-18 victory over the East in front of 13,446 fans at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The game aired for the first time in league history on ESPN3.

Trailing 9-2 with 12:07 remaining in the second quarter, Crawford started an 18-9 run by the West after tallying his first goal of the game. MacIntosh notched his first career All-Star goal with .2 seconds remaining in the third to give the game its first tied score at 15-15 since both teams traded goals to open the contest. With the win, the West All-Stars snapped a four-game losing streak against the East.

Benesch and Crawford both made their second consecutive All-Star appearance, while Suitor and MacIntosh made their debuts on Saturday. Suitor also served as an assistant captain for the West All-Stars.

Minnesota (4-3) hits the road again next Saturday for a divisional game against the Calgary Roughnecks (5-2) at 8 p.m. CT.

West Starter - #20 Andrew Suitor

1st Appearance

West All-Star Assistant Captain

Suitor, 22, has recorded 12 points (7g, 5a), 49 loose balls, nine forced turnovers, and has won 9/14 faceoffs in seven games in 2012.

West Reserve - #21 Ryan Benesch

2nd Appearance

Benesch, 27, has posted a team-high 18 goals and is second in points (39) and assists (21) in seven games in 2012.

West Reserve - #98 Callum Crawford

2nd Appearance

Crawford, 27, leads the Swarm with 40 points and 30 assists in seven games in 2012.

West Reserve - #24 Jordan MacIntosh

1st Appearance

MacIntosh, 22, has posted 20 points (10g, 10a) and ranks first on the team in loose balls (83) and faceoff wins (94) in seven games in 2012.

All-Star Lineups

East All-Star Team

(Player, Team and # of times player has now been selected to NLL All-Star Game)


Starter: John Tavares (Buffalo Bandits – 10th)
Starter: Cody Jamieson (Rochester Knighthawks – 2nd)
Luke Wiles (Buffalo Bandits – 2nd)
Dan Dawson (Philadelphia Wings – 6th)
Garrett Billings (Toronto Rock – 2nd)
Kevin Crowley (Philadelphia Wings – 1st)
Josh Sanderson (Toronto Rock – 7th)
Johnny Powless (Rochester Knighthawks – 1st)

Starter: Brodie Merrill (Philadelphia Wings – 6th)
Max Seibald – (Philadelphia Wings – 2nd)


Starter: Billy Dee Smith (Buffalo Bandits – 1st)
Starter: Pat McCready (Rochester Knighthawks – 3rd)
Chris White (Buffalo Bandits – 4th)
Sandy Chapman (Toronto Rock – 2nd)
Mike Kirk (Rochester Knighthawks – 1st)
Scott Self (Buffalo Bandits – 3rd)

Starter: Mike Thompson (Buffalo Bandits – 1st)
Matt Roik (Toronto Rock – 2nd)

Selected but unable to play due to injury:
Colin Doyle (Toronto Rock – 10th)

Head Coach: Troy Cordingley, Toronto Rock
Assistant Coach: Darris Kilgour, Buffalo Bandits

West All-Star Team

Starter: John Grant Jr. (Colorado Mammoth – 8th)
Starter: Adam Jones (Colorado Mammoth – 1st)
Gavin Prout (Colorado Mammoth – 8th)
Ryan Benesch (Minnesota Swarm – 2nd)
Callum Crawford (Minnesota Swarm – 2nd)
Shawn Williams (Edmonton Rush – 7th)
Jeff Shattler (Calgary Roughnecks – 4th)
Lewis Ratcliff (Washington Stealth – 6th)

Starter: Andrew Suitor (Minnesota Swarm – 1st)
Geoff Snider (Calgary Roughnecks – 5th)
Curtis Manning (Calgary Roughnecks – 1st)
Paul Rabil (Edmonton Rush – 2nd)
Jordan MacIntosh (Minnesota Swarm – 1st)

Starter: Rory Smith (Colorado Mammoth – 1st)
Starter: Kyle Rubisch (Edmonton Rush – 2nd)
Matt Beers (Washington Stealth – 1st)


Starter: Goaltender - Chris Levis (Colorado Mammoth – 2nd)
Goaltender – Aaron Bold (Edmonton Rush – 1st)

Selected but unable to play due to injury:
Chris Corbeil (Edmonton Rush – 1st)
Rhys Duch (Washington Stealth – 2nd)

Head Coach: Chris Hall, Washington Stealth
Assistant Coach: Derek Keenan, Edmonton Rush

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