SAINT PAUL, Minn. - The National Lacrosse League (NLL) today announced that Minnesota Swarm F Ryan Benesch has been named the Week #16 Overall and Offensive Player of the Week and G Nick Patterson has been selected as the Defensive Player of the Week.
“It's nice to see our players getting rewarded heading into the playoffs,” general manager Marty O’Neill said. “Benesch is the top scorer in the league and Nick Patterson backstops us and our wide open style of play where we count on him heavily. Both players saved great performances for Colorado last week, and both have been very consistent all year.”
Benesch, 26, recorded a game-high eight points (3g, 5a) and collected five loose balls in Minnesota’s 12-8 victory against Colorado. Benesch finished the regular season as the NLL’s leading scorer with 95 points (46g, 49a).
Patterson, 28, posted his seventh victory of the season after stopping 37 of 45 shots in a complete game. Patterson finished the season with a 7-6 record and an 11.08 GAA.
This is the second time this season that both Benesch and Patterson have won awards in the same week. Benesch picked up Offensive and Overall Player of the Week and Patterson earned Defensive Player of the Week after a Week #2 victory against Washington. Patterson was also named the Defensive Player of the Week in Week #3.
Lower level tickets for the Swarm’s home playoff game this Saturday against the Washington Stealth on Treasure Island Field at Xcel Energy can be purchased for as low as $24. Three game ‘pay-as-we-play’ packages can also be purchased for as low as $72. Pay-as-we play packages guarantee fans the same seats throughout the playoffs and will only be charged if a home playoff game is scheduled. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available online at mnswarm.com or by calling 888-MN-SWARM. Tickets are also available on ticketmaster.com.