Duch Gets 400th Point as Stealth Top Swarm

Crawford finished the day to lead all Minnesota scorers with two goals and one assist for three points. His two scores gave him 10 on the year.

In the fourth, Bucktooth opened scoring just 30 seconds into the quarter for his second of three on the afternoon to put the Stealth up by four.

"(Bucktooth) has great lacrosse sense," said Hall. "His instincts are phenomenal and he's a great team guy."

Minnesota again worked its way back to within two with a Crawford goal at 11:23 and another by Shayne Jackson just 14 seconds later.

But that would be all, as Bucktooth's third of the day iced the win with 4:44 to go.

For the Stealth, goaltender Tyler Richards finished the day with 43 saves on 51 shots for a .843 save percentage.

"(Richards) was marvelous," Hall said. "Minnesota played very hard today, but we knew that they are young, talented and bring a lot of energy. We came up with a four-goal lead and a big part of that was some of the great saves that (Richards) made," he said. "To have him playing this well is not only great for defense but for the whole team."

The Stealth hit the road for a Saturday, March 9 date in Philadelphia followed by the season rubber match with the Swarm in Minnesota on March 16. After a week break, Washington returns home to close out the month with a Saturday, March 30 contest at Comcast Arena with West-rival Calgary.

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EVERETT, Wash. The National Lacrosse League's (NLL) Minnesota Swarm (3-6) fell on the road to the Washington Stealth (6-4) 11-8 Sunday night to even the division rivals series at one apiece this season. The Swarm were down 10-6 at one point in the quarter and were able to narrow the gap to just two after back-to-back goals by Shayne Jackson and Callum Crawford. The comeback fell short, however, after a Brett Bucktooth goal sealed the win for Washington.

In a low-scoring game that was highlighted by superb defense, the Swarm defensemen found a way to score as well. Assistant captain Jeff Gilbert and D Nik Bilic both found the back of the net for the first time this season on the night. Gilbert has had much success in Washington as of late, scoring his only two goals of 2012 at Comcast Arena last season.

Goaltenders Tyler Carlson of the Swarm and Tyler Richards of the Stealth were marvelous throughout the game. Carlson recorded 36 saves en route to a .766 save percentage while Richards saved 43 shots for a save percentage of .843.

Leading the Swarm in scoring was Crawford with three points (2g, 1a). Crawford is now the acting captain of the team after Andrew Suitor's season-ending injury.

Jordan MacIntosh filled up the stat sheet as usual, recording two points (1g, 1a) and scooping up a team-high 11 loose balls. The Oakville, Ontario native also takes the majority of the Swarm's face-offs and won 13 of 21 Sunday night.

Kiel Matisz and Shayne Jackson continued to make their cases for NLL Rookie of the Year consideration, each scoring a goal. Matisz has taken home NLL Rookie of the Week honors a league-high three times, while Jackson has also garnered the award.

Minnesota's next game will be at Calgary Friday, March 8 at 8:00 p.m. CT.

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