Rock Clinch East Title; Wings Fly by Swarm

Entering the fourth quarter tied 10-10, the Wings' stingy defense and timely goals from Michael Manley and Drew Westervelt were just enough to lead them past the Swarm.

The Wings, who have struggled all year in the first quarter, took control of the game early jumping out to a 5-2 lead after two goals from Kevin Crowley and one apiece by Kevin Ross, Kevin Buchanan and Paul Rabil. The team had a few defensive lapses in the second quarter however and fell behind 8-6 at the half, before rallying in the fourth quarter for the victory.

Wings forwards Drew Westervelt and Kevin Crowley led Philadelphia's offensive attack, tallying four goals and four assists apiece, a season high in points for Crowley. Other standouts included transition player Paul Rabil with five points and goal tender Brandon Miller, who registered 36 saves and kept his team in the game early with several athletic saves on multiple Swarm one-on-one breakaways.

The Swarm were also playing their second game in as many nights as they defeated the Buffalo Bandits 21-7 in Minnesota on Saturday.

The Wings return to action next week with their home finale against the division-leading Toronto Rock at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, April 13 at 4:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.

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Philadelphia – The National Lacrosse League's (NLL) Minnesota Swarm (6-8) could not win their fourth consecutive game Sunday afternoon in a 15-13 road loss to the Philadelphia Wings (6-8), but another streak continued.

Callum Crawford tallied four goals and four assists to score more than eight points in five consecutive games. The Dowling College product has amassed 44 points (17g, 27a) during the span and has also tied his single game career-high of 10 points twice. Crawford now has 80 points on the season, good for fifth in the NLL. Even more impressive, the Ottawa, Ontario native missed two games earlier this season, but is still among the league leaders in scoring despite limited playing time.

“Callum's the leader on our right side and he did exactly what he needed to do tonight,” head coach Joe Sullivan said. “Unfortunately we didn't score by committee today, which is something we have been doing in our past three games.”

Another Swarm veteran, Ryan Benesch, contributed on the day as well, finishing with five points (1g, 4a). The Kitchener, Ontario native has 78 points on the year for second-best on the team.

Rookies Brock Sorensen, Kiel Matisz, and Shayne Jackson were selected consecutively in the first round of the 2012 NLL Entry Draft and all three made their presence known in the game. Sorensen had an assist, five loose balls, and two forced turnovers while Matisz found the back of the net four times and dished out an assist for a fourth quarter Crawford goal. Jackson, less than 24 hours removed from a career-high eight point effort, chipped in with four points (2g, 2a).

Jay Card had a SportsCenter Top-10 worthy goal to close out the first half. The second-year forward crossed midfield and rocketed the ball past Wings goaltender Brandon Miller with just over a second left in the quarter to give Minnesota an 8-6 halftime lead.

It was not quite enough, however, as Philadelphia scored nine second-half goals to snap a five-game losing streak behind Kevin Crowley's eight points (4g, 4a).

Although Minnesota was not able to come away with the Sunday afternoon victory, it was not due to a lack of efficiency on the Power Play. The team was 6 for 8 on the day and 14 for 18 on the weekend.

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