SAINT PAUL, Minn. – For the second consecutive week – and third time this season – three Minnesota Swarm players have been honored with NLL Player Awards in the same week. Week #14 winners included Callum Crawford (Offensive Player of the Week), T Jordan MacIntosh (Transition Player of the Week) and F Shayne Jackson (Rookie of the Week).
All three players were honored for their performances in the Swarm’s doubleheader against Buffalo (W, 21-7) and Philadelphia (L, 15-13) last weekend. Minnesota leads the league with 15 NLL Player of the Week awards in 2013, and both Crawford and MacIntosh have won their respective awards two weeks in a row.
Crawford, 28, totaled a team-high 18 points (6g, 12a) over the weekend and extended his streak of scoring at least eight points to five games. In the team’s record breaking win against Buffalo, Crawford tied his career-high in points (10) and dished out a team-high eight assists. The following night in Philadelphia, the right-handed forward posted four goals – the third time he has done so in the past four games – and added four assists. Crawford has collected a league-high three Offensive Player of the Week awards this season.
Despite missing two games this season due to a lower body injury, the Ottawa, Ontario native ranks fifth in the NLL in scoring (80 points) and fourth in assists (53).
“What has set Callum apart this season is that he is putting up numbers consistently,” Swarm associate general manager and head coach Joe Sullivan said. “We’re able to count on Callum in key games this year and that’s been a major factor in the limited success we’ve had so far. As we get ready to go into the playoffs, that’s really going to be a bonus for us to know that our big players are coming through at opportune times.”
MacIntosh, 23, continued to fill up the stat sheet this past weekend, and set a new personal-high in goals (5) and points (9) in the Swarm’s win against Buffalo. MacIntosh is the only Swarm player to record five goals in a game this season. In the victory, the right-handed transition player also dished out four assists and also collected 13 loose balls. In Philadelphia, the Oakville, Ontario native tied a career-high in loose balls (18) and posted his second best win percentage (71.9%) in the faceoff circle this season. MacIntosh has won a league-high four Transition Player of the Week awards in 2013 and ranks fourth in the NLL in loose balls (161).
“You never expect to see these kinds of numbers, but it doesn’t surprise me (coming from Jordan),” Sullivan said. “I just know the potential that he has and his comfort level continues to grow. He has made adjustments in the faceoff circle in every game which has allowed him to have great success this year.”
Jackson, 22, posted a career-high seven points (3g, 4a) on Saturday evening and added three points (2g, 1a) in Philly. With his assist on Sunday, Jackson broke the team’s rookie record for most assists in a single season and has 35 on the season. Jackson (55 points) and fellow rookie T Kiel Matisz (54 points) are both closing in on Craig Point’s rookie record of 61 points set back in 2008. Jackson’s award was his second this season.
“Shayne is a player who adapts well to other team’s defenses,” Sullivan said. “If you’re going to try and box him out so that he can’t get in tight with the goalies, then he’s going to let his shot go. He has a really deceiving shot -- a very heavy and accurate shot -- and he’s able to put a little junk on that ball that gives goalies trouble.”
Minnesota (6-8) will finish the season with a home-and-home series against the Colorado Mammoth (6-8). The Swarm travel to Denver this Saturday for a 7 p.m. faceoff at Pepsi Center before returning to The Hive on Saturday, April 20. Tickets to the team’s final regular season game can be purchased by calling 1-888-MN-SWARM or visiting mnswarm.com.