Saturday Results Set Playoff Pairings

Hall and Mundorf led the Wings, each scoring two goals and adding three assists for five points apiece.

Philadelphia's Paul Rabil, a former Stealth player, was held scoreless for the night.

The Stealth open its 2013 post-season run to the NLL championship with a 6:45 p.m. start next Saturday, April 27 against the Edmonton Rush at Comcast Arena.

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The Philadelphia Wings fell to the Washington Stealth 17-13 in the NLL regular season finale on the road in Everett late Saturday.

The Wings came out strong in the first quarter behind two shorthanded goals from captain Brodie Merrill. Leading 5-4 after the first quarter, the Wings entered the second quarter with a lead for only the second time this season but failed to hold on. Washington scored two quick goals to open the second on the way to six unanswered in the quarter and never relinquished the lead.

Despite a 4-0 run from Philadelphia that spanned the last seven minutes of the third quarter and into the fourth, the Wings were unable to close the gap, getting no closer than three before the Stealth put the game out of reach, going up 17-12 with six minutes to play.

In defeat, Philadelphia's offense remained balanced, with seven different players scoring, and five players scoring at least twice, led by Drew Westervelt with three goals. Merrill's two short handed scores and two goals each from Kevin Crowley, Jordan Hall and Brendan Mundorf rounded out the Wings scoring.

Washington's Rhys Duch had a game high nine points on four goals and five assists and secured the top spot as the league leader with 45 goals in his fifth season in the NLL.

The Wings loss in Washington paired with Rochester's win over Buffalo eliminated Philadelphia's chances to host a first round home playoff game at Wells Fargo Center. The team will travel to Rochester to play the second seeded Knighthawks at Blue Cross Arena next weekend. The Wings and Knighthawks have met three times this season, with Rochester owning a 2-1 lead.

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SAINT PAUL, Minn. The National Lacrosse League's (NLL) Minnesota Swarm (7-9) lost 16-14 to the Colorado Mammoth (7-9) Saturday night on Treasure Island Field in front of a season-high crowd of 12,243 fans.

"We only lost a few games at home this season, but it looks like next week we'll be facing Toronto on the road so we're going to have to replicate what we've been doing at home and carry it over to the road," head coach Joe Sullivan said. "Who we play doesn't really matter, we'll get through who we have to get through. We gave Toronto a good game on the road earlier this year and then beat them at home so we're confident and we'll see what we can do."

Due to the NLL's crossover rule, the West Division Swarm will play the East Division champion Toronto Rock (10-6) next Sunday at 2:00 p.m. CT in the first round of the 2013 playoffs. The crossover rule allows the fifth place West Division team to take the place of the fourth place team from the East Division if the fifth place team has a better record.

With a hat trick and two assists in the game, Ryan Benesch became the Swarm's second-highest scorer in history with 334 points. The Kitchener, Ontario native played all 16 regular season games and scored 84 points (34g, 50a).

Shayne Jackson scored four points (2g, 2a) Saturday night to set the record for most points in a Swarm rookie season at 63. The mark was previously held by Craig Point, who finished his 2008 rookie season with 60 points. Kiel Matisz also broke Point's record with 62 points (29g, 33a) on the season.

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