Wings Clip Mammoth; Rush Pay Back Swarm

DENVER Despite a four-goal, three-assist game from 2012 NLL Rookie of the Year Adam Jones and hat tricks from reigning NLL MVP John Grant Jr. and forward Sean Pollock, the Colorado Mammoth was defeated by the Philadelphia Wings, 14-12, at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday afternoon.

After evening its record at 2-2 with a home win over the Minnesota Swarm to start the month, the Mammoth has lost three straight.

Pollock, who had scored a lone goal in each of Colorado's first five games this season before being held scoreless against Edmonton last Saturday, had a first-half hat trick. Goaltender Matt Roik allowed eight goals in the first 24-plus minutes on Sunday, and was replaced by Dan Lewis for the balance of the contest. Lewis gave his team a chance to win, but Colorado repeatedly failed to find the equalizer.

After leading 5-2 late in the first quarter, the Mammoth gave up a 7-1 run to the Wings in a span of 9:47. Captain Gavin Prout cut Philadelphia's lead to two, 9-7, late in the second.

Colorado pulled to within one three times in the second half, twice courtesy of Jones. Then, Wings transition players Brodie Merrill and Paul Rabil put the game out of reach late in the final frame.

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SAINT PAUL, Minn. The National Lacrosse League's (NLL) Minnesota Swarm (3-5) fell to the Edmonton Rush (4-5) Sunday afternoon 14-9 on Treasure Island Field despite a flurry of eight fourth quarter goals. The Swarm defeated the Rush 13-8 in Edmonton Friday night, but could not garner the weekend sweep.

"Friday we had a game-plan that we executed perfectly and it showed on the scoreboard," said Benesch. "Tonight we got away from it."

Callum Crawford and Ryan Benesch were Minnesota's leading scorers, finishing with six points apiece. Benesch had four goals, while Crawford dished out five assists.

Second year forward Corbyn Tao kicked off the fourth quarter with a goal off of a feed from Benesch that mounted a fervent comeback, scoring six unanswered goals after trailing by as many as 10. Tao has now recorded 10 points over the last four games.

"At halftime we made some adjustments and it was just a little too late," said assistant coach Bobby Keast.

Edmonton's visit to Minnesota offered viewers the unique opportunity to see a variety of young talent. With number one overall pick Mark Matthews playing for the Rush, the top four selections from the 2012 NLL Entry Draft were on the field during Sunday afternoon's rematch. T Brock Sorensen, T Kiel Matisz and F Shayne Jackson were picked consecutively by the Swarm last October.

Matisz was recently named the NLL's Rookie of the Week for the second time this season and collected five points (1g, 4a) in the game. The Robert Morris University product had a goal disallowed early in the first quarter after Edmonton challenged for a crease violation.

Jackson also came up big for Minnesota, recording four points (1g, 3a).

Zack Greer and Ryan Ward led the way for Edmonton, each scoring five points.

Swarm goaltender Tyler Carlson was subbed in for Evan Kirk toward the end of the first quarter and finished with 25 saves to go along with a save percentage of .758.

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St.Paul, Minnesota -- Down 11-1, Minnesota scored eight fourth-quarter goals but came up short. Edmonton (4-5) rushed out to an 11-1 lead and held on late to beat the Minnesota Swarm (3-5) with a 14-9 road win at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Rush scored three times in the first 3:33 and took a 5-0 lead after the first quarter. Edmonton scored in the final minute of the first half, the only goal of the second quarter, for a 6-0 halftime lead with Rush goalie Aaron Bold stopping all 20 first-half shots that he faced.

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