Victorious Knighthawks, Rush to Meet for NLL Title

In the fourth Rochester scored three unanswered goals. A goal by Vitarelli and two straight by Powless gave Rochester a 14-7 lead, breaking the game open. Toronto's first goal of the fourth came by Doyle followed by a goal by Sanderson to make the score 14-9 Rochester.

Rochester yet again responded with a key goal when Billings was charged with a boarding penalty leading to a power-play goal by Vitarelli to give him the hat trick. Seconds later, Mike Kirk scored his first goal of the year on an empty net to make the score 16-9.

Vitarelli scored his fourth goal and second power-play goal of the game at 10:06, making the score 17-9, but the Rock were not exiting the playoffs without a fight. Goals by Sanderson and Beirnes reduced Rochester's lead to six, making the score 17-11. Late goals by Leblanc and Doyle made the score 17-13, but it was not enough to stop Rochester from advancing to the Champion's Cup.

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SAINT PAUL, Minn. –The National Lacrosse League's (NLL) Minnesota Swarm (10-8) fell to the Edmonton Rush (8-10) 15-3 in front of 6,491 fans on Saturday night during the West Division Championship on Treasure Island Field.

Forward Ryan Benesch (1g, 1a) tallied the final Swarm goal of the season in the fourth quarter, after which Edmonton held a 13-3 lead.

Notching his second goal of the game, F Corbyn Tao (2g) put one in the back of the net to bring the score 12-2. Edmonton then added another goal to put the score at 13-2 at the end of the third quarter.

Holding Minnesota scoreless in the second quarter, the Rush tallied an additional five goals for an 11-1 lead at halftime.

In the first quarter, Tao posted the lone goal for the Swarm to tie the game up at 1-1. Edmonton led Minnesota 6-1 at the end of the quarter.

With 10 wins during the 2012 season, including post-season games, Minnesota tied a team record.

Forwards Aaron Wilson (3g, 4a) and Ryan Ward (4g, 3a) led Edmonton with seven points a piece. Goalie Aaron Bold recorded 39 saves on 42 shots in a complete game.

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St. Paul, Minnesota – Thanks to a combination of a stubborn defense and balanced scoring attack the Edmonton Rush dismantled the Minnesota Swarm 15-3 in the West Division Final Saturday night in National Lacrosse League playoff action at Xcel Energy Center.

Edmonton scored 11 goals in the opening half en route to the victory Saturday and earned its first ever trip to the Champion's Cup to face the Rochester Knighthawks next Saturday in the league final.

Riding its stellar defense and goaltending for the second consecutive road playoff contest, Edmonton held Minnesota to only one goal against in the opening half and three total for the game after the Rush routed the Calgary Roughnecks 19-11 May 5 in the semifinal.

Former Swarm forwards Ryan Ward (4G, 3A) and Aaron Wilson (3G, 4A) paced the Rush offense in the win Saturday while Corey Small (3G, 2A), Zack Greer (2G, 2A) and Shawn Williams (1G, 5A) also had big efforts for Edmonton. Defenders Ryan Dilks and Derek Suddons each had two points from the backend and face-off man Jarrett Toll went 5 for 22 at the X and also had 17 loose balls.

Minnesota had two goals by Corbyn Tao and Ryan Benesch (1G, 1A) had two points in the loss.

Rush goaltender Aaron Bold stopped 39 of 42 shots in the win and Tyler Carlson took the loss. Evan Kirk allowed 11 goals in relief for the Swarm.

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