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Swarm Talk

01/20/2011, 8:20pm CST
By mnswarm.com

Lines, Benesch and other Swarm members chat with mnswarm.com

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Swarm coach Mike Lines and selected members of the team met with mnswarm.com to discuss last weekend’s 16-8 road victory against Washington and this week’s home contest vs. Edmonton.

 
Mike Lines, Head Coach
 
On limiting Washington to eight goals last weekend…
The bottom line is we played for a full 60 minutes. We were physical and while Washington did have a lot of shots, the majority of them came from the outside. They were scared to cut through the middle because we were so physical. It got to the point where they were just looking for bad shots and Nick Patterson made some great saves.
 
On Ryan Benesch’s team record seven goals…
Seven goals in lacrosse is like the equivalent of scoring four goals in hockey. It’s a big deal. Ryan shot the ball well and did a great job of getting himself open. It comes back to Ryan being the humble guy that he is and not taking all the credit. He was getting good looks because of how the other guys were playing. He worked his tail off and he deserved everything he got.
 
On the team’s balanced attack on offense…
That’s the great thing about our offense. As nice as it was last year to have three guys in the Top 10 in scoring, I’d be much happier to have six guys get 60 points this year. We aren’t going to be stopped if that happens. We are a team that has to be firing on all cylinders to be successful. Benesch got seven last week, but Callum Crawford might get five this week. Teams can’t stop everyone and eventually guys like Aaron Wilson and Sean Pollock will get open. Pollock is a guy who gets over 50 points every year in the league. He’s a guy who will step up when the opportunity comes.
 
On the chance to go 2-1 and send Edmonton to a 0-3 start to the season…
If we are fortunate enough to win this game, they drop to 0-3 and we move to 2-1. That gives us an early two-game lead and we also get a tiebreaker advantage on them, which essentially means we are up three games. That would be a huge boost for the rest of the season and down the road for playoff positioning. Our division will be very tight and if everybody improves like they should, it will come down to the wire.
 
On Edmonton’s 0-2 record…
They played two tough games on the road in Toronto and Boston. It’s a tough league this year and anyone can start out 0-2 and turn around things around. It’s going to be tough for anyone in our division to put space between themselves and other teams.
 
On if he will bring up the two close losses to Edmonton in 2010 this week…
I’m not even going to bring up last season at all. Anytime you start talking about last year, it’s a downer. This year is a new team and we try to avoid last year’s talk at all costs right now.
 
Aime Caines, Assistant Coach
 
On the team’s mindset entering last weekend’s game…
The mindset really hadn’t changed since the opener against Rochester. We were prepared for that first game and we ran into a hot goalie. Last weekend, we had the same lineup on offense so guys came in confident and we just found the back of the net. We moved the ball well and guys were doing a good job of cutting in the middle. Obviously guys like Benesch and Crawford stood out and had great games. Overall we were really happy last Friday.
 
On the team’s confidence level after beating the defending champs early in the season…
It’s a big statement game for us. They are the team that put us out of the playoffs last year. Going into the game we wanted to strike some revenge on them. We also want to show them what kind of team we are this year and that we are going to compete in every game.
 
On what made the offense so successful against Washington…
We moved the ball really well. It didn’t die in one guy’s stick. We had a lot of chances and what impressed me the most was when Washington went on a run and scored a couple goals, we responded. As soon as they would score, we would put one right back. We answered to any one of their comeback attempts.
 
On the addition of Mat Giles this season…
Giles has been a great addition. This is his 13th year in the league and he has a lot of experience and guys look up to him. He came to the team right away as a leader. He’s like a coach on the field and he knows what he is talking about and guys listen to him.
 
On witnessing Ryan Benesch’s seven goals from the bench…
I’ve been involved in a lot of games in the NLL and when a guy even gets four or five goals it’s special, but when a guy gets seven goals in one game, it’s something really special. You don’t see an 11 point night very often too. Ryan was on from the very start and was getting early goals and feeling it. I think everything he was shooting was going in. He’s a real modest guy and wasn’t being cocky about it.
 
On what made Benesch so effective…
In the Rochester game he had two goals, but he could have easily had five. He got his chances last Friday night and he was just finishing them. Expect to see that anytime. He can breakout like that in any game. He did that a couple of times last year. He’s one of those lethal players and when he gets a chance, he can bury teams.
 
On Benesch’s potential to become an elite goal scorer in the league…
Last year he was in the Top 10 in scoring and that was his biggest year. He’s coming into to this year with a lot of confidence from last year. He’s off to a great start this season and he leads the league in points (16) and goals (9) even though he’s only played two games and lot of the other guys have played three games. I think last year he was an elite player. If he keeps going the way he is and keeps his confidence level high, he will have another great season.
 
On the team's ability to execute on pick and rolls….
We try to get pairings to work together and we try to isolate a two-man game. The key to us is just everything we do on offense. Ball movement, off the ball movement, and pick and rolls are all a combination of what we do. That’s why we are so hard to defend because we aren’t predictable. If one guy is having a bad night and isn’t able to score, we have so many other weapons up front.
 
On what the team is preparing for this week against Edmonton…
We were really prepared last week and we are going to do the same for Edmonton. It’s a division game so this game means a lot to us. They are off to a 0-2 start so we want to beat them and keep them down. The biggest thing for us is to finish high in our division. Last year Edmonton beat us twice and guys from last year remember that. Washington took us out of the playoffs last year, so when we came into Washington last weekend… guys remembered that.
 
Ryan Benesch, Forward
 
On how important last weekend’s win was for the team’s confidence…
Our confidence is up a bit. After obviously winning the way we did, everybody's spirits are up. We all realize that was only one win. We need many more to achieve the goals we have for the team this year. It was great to win, but we have to put everything behind us and get ready for this weekend.
 
On if last weekend’s victory was the best game the offense has played during his tenure in Minnesota….
Definitely. The ball was moving and everybody was clicking. When we are playing the way we did last weekend, we are a tough team to stop. We have such depth up front that it’s hard to key on one player. So when everyone is working the way in that we did, I don’t think other teams know how to shut us down.
 
On if the team felt like underdogs going in to Washington…
We all knew that we were a little bit of underdogs. We read the media reports and noticed the rankings and I think we all took that to heart. Washington ended our season last year and watching them go on to win the championship was another motivation on its own. They obviously had what we wanted. We came to prove that we are going to do whatever it takes this year.
 
On the team’s mentality this season compared to last year’s…
Last year the team was too relaxed and we tried to flip the switch on during games, which doesn’t really work. This year with practices and shootarounds the attitude is 100% different. There’s no joking around. The coaches ask for two hours of practice time and that’s what we give them. We give them our undivided attention and 100% effort whenever we are there. Same goes for shootarounds so that when it comes time to a play a game, we are ready to play.
 
On scoring a team record seven goals…
I always say this, but it’s because of everyone else that I’m able to do what I do. I may have scored the goals, but other guys did a lot of grunt work, which allowed me to get the shots that I got. Guys like Kevin Ross, Tim Campeau and Zack Greer on my side set a lot of great picks and screens. On the other side guys like Aaron Wilson, Sean Pollock, Mat Giles and Callum Crawford were feeding the ball over or burying the ball if we got it over to them. It was nice to score those goals, but the credit goes to the whole offense. It could have easily been someone else scoring those goals.
 
On what the team is looking accomplish on pick and rolls….
The pick and roll is essentially just passing the ball to a teammate and going over and setting a pick on his defender. The idea of the play is that when he comes around the pick, it will create a 2-on-1 mismatch. That allows for either a good shot or pass opportunity.
 
On if he had ever scored more than seven goals in a lacrosse game…
I don’t think I’ve ever scored more than five if I remember correctly. It’s pretty special to do that. I had some good friends from Victoria come down and watch the game and my old boss along with his family and the owners of the Victoria Shamrox also came down. It was pretty special to do it in front of them that night. The seven is definitely a lot more than I expected for that night for sure.
 
On holding the Swarm’s all-time individual game record for goals (7), assists (9) and points (11)...
It holds a little bit of meaning. It's obviously nice to have those records, but I don’t really think about them though. Records are meant to be broken and other people will break them eventually. It’s nice to have them now but I'm not going to worry about them much.
 
Callum Crawford, Forward
 
On beating Washington on the road…
It was a very important win for us and it brings us together as a team. It was our first taste of winning this season. To experience the feeling of a big win only makes us want to keep that going.
 
On losing to Edmonton twice last season and if that holds any significance coming into this week….
It’s just like any other game. We have to win. Every game is a must win. I don’t think any of the guys from last year have forgotten what happened when we played Edmonton last year. But just like any other game, we have to come out on top.
 
On assisting his teammates…
It’s worked nicely and that’s because we have such great firepower up front. I think because of my stats last year I’ve drawn more attention, which allows other guys to get open and makes my job really easy finding them.
 
On the team’s balanced scoring attack…
Everyone up front can put the ball in the net. It could be any of us that go and score four or five goals. There’s always the possibility of one of us having a big night.
 
On where Ryan Benesch’s seven goals ranks in his book…
It’s right up there. He was on fire and found ways to find the net. It was great to see him play that well.
 

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