K-Hawks, Swarm, Mammoth, Stealth Prevail on Saturday

The Philadelphia Wings collected their fifth straight loss of the season at the hands of the Rochester Knighthawks, losing 14-7 on the road in New York on Saturday night.

What started as an intense goalie battle with neither team scoring for the first eight minutes of the game, ended rather lopsided in favor of the Knighthawks. Rochester scored five times in the second quarter, leading 8-4 at halftime and never looked back. Despite a strong third quarter that saw the Wings gain momentum with three goals, Rochester never let Philadelphia back within three goals.

Philadelphia's offense was unable to convert on the power play, going one for six on the night and couldn't find a way to break Rochester goalie Matt Vinc a man up or otherwise. Vinc's 45 saves on 52 shots held the Wings to their lowest offensive output of the season at only seven goals. Despite having seven different players score, no Wings player was able to find the back of the net more than once on the night. Drew Westervelt, Brendan Mundorf and Kevin Ross had three points apiece on a goal and two assists each.

Rochester was led by Johnny Powless' three goals and Cody Jamieson's six assists. Former Wings player, Dan Dawson had five points for the Knighthawks on two goals and three assists.

With three games remaining on the season, the door on the Wings playoff hopes remains cracked, as Philadelphia is now tied for fourth place in the East with Buffalo. The Wings sit three and a half games behind division leading Toronto and a game and a half behind second place Rochester.

The Wings have little time to dwell on the loss in Rochester as they head home to play the Minnesota Swarm Sunday at Wells Fargo Center at 4:00 p.m. For the team's Cancer Awareness Night, on Sunday the Wings will wear retro grey jerseys to be auctioned off following the game to benefit the RENK Foundation for brain cancer awareness and the Chris Sanderson Memorial Trust.

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SAINT PAUL, Minn. It was a milestone-filled night as the National Lacrosse League's (NLL) Minnesota Swarm (6-7) scored a franchise-record 21 goals to best the Buffalo Bandits (5-9) 21-7 on Treasure Island Field at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota never trailed in the contest and the team's 14-goal advantage is the Swarm's largest margin of victory in team history. Minnesota is currently riding a three-game winning streak.

"Early on in the year we faced a lot of adversity with some one-goal losses," head coach Joe Sullivan said. "Through those losses we've grown as a group and showed a lot of character to rebound really well in the last three games."

The Swarm jumped out to an early 1-0 lead just 22 seconds into the game as Jordan MacIntosh found the back of the net off of a feed from Callum Crawford. MacIntosh finished with a career-high eight points (5g, 3a) and now has four or more goals in back-to-back games. The RIT product also grabbed a team-high of 11 loose balls and was recently named the NLL Week #13 Transition Player of the Week.

Crawford has been on an absolute tear as of late, finishing with two goals and eight assists to tie his 10-point single game career-high. The Ottawa, Ontario native has scored eight or more points in his last four outings. Minnesota is 4-1 this year when team captain Crawford records more than eight points in a single game. Crawford was named the NLL Week #13 Offensive Player of the Week.

"Callum is incredibly important to this team, he's the guy on the right side of the floor that can pick up the ball and do it himself if he has to," Sullivan said before the game. "The biggest thing that he's doing this year is making everyone around him better. He's seeing the ball well, finding the open players and creating space for teammates around him. He's really become the all-around offensive threat with the ball and without the ball, which is something he's put a lot of commitment into doing."

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2013-04-07



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