Saturday Results Set Playoff Pairings

"All I really care about is wins to best honest," said Jackson. "I don't really care about points as long as the team is winning ... if points come, they come."

Jordan MacIntosh collected 24 loose balls in the game, a franchise record. The RIT product also set a single-season Swarm record with 197 ground balls in 2013. MacIntosh set the record in his rookie season last year with 153 and finished this season as Minnesota's fifth-leading scorer with 55 points.

As a team, the Swarm scored 219 goals in the 2013 regular season a franchise record.

Callum Crawford led Minnesota in scoring Saturday night with six points (2g, 4a). The Swarm captain finished the regular season with 95 points (32g, 63a) and is one of the top-five scoring leaders on the year despite missing two games to injury.

"We accomplished our first goal, which was to make the playoffs," Crawford said. "We wanted to win this last game for the fans, but it's on to the next one. It's really important for us to win this first game of the playoffs and I think we match-up really well with Toronto."

Matt Gibson recorded a career-high five points (2g, 3a) in the game. The rookie forward scored 12 points on the season (6g, 6a).

With Buffalo's 10-9 loss to Rochester, the Bandits will miss the playoffs and Minnesota will acquire the No. 1 overall pick of the 2013 NLL Entry Draft. The Swarm is the youngest franchise in the league and will have multiple first round picks in the draft for the third-straight season.

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Heading into Saturday's game at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., the Colorado Mammoth knew the task at hand. Win and clinch a playoff berth. Lose and need Rochester to beat Buffalo.

The Knighthawks victory gave the Mammoth a spot in the playoffs. Minutes later, Colorado's 16-14 win over Minnesota secured the Mammoth the four-seed in the West Division.

"I'm proud of my guys," said Colorado head coach Bob Hamley. "I'm happy for them because a lot of people counted them out."

Hamley's squad stumbled through a five-game losing streak midway through the season. Then Colorado stepped on the gas, winning five of its last seven to earn the franchise's tenth postseason appearance in 11 years.

Forward Adam Jones took matters into his own hands on Saturday. He recorded season-highs in goals (5) and points (8), leading all scorers.

"Outstanding! Outstanding!" said Hamley of Jones. "Rookie of the Year last year for a reason. Always been a big player in big games you look at his whole career through minor, through junior. He's a big-time player and he really was a big-time guy for us tonight."

One of his goals was short-handed; one came on the man-up. Jones had 29 goals as a rookie in 2012. He finished this season with 33.

John Grant Jr. had three goals and two assists in the playoff-clinching win. He followed up his 50-goal, MVP season with a 43-goal campaign at 38 years old. Grant's seven loose balls against the Swarm tied a team-high.

Colorado and Minnesota entered the fourth quarter tied at nine. The Mammoth scored five of the next six tallies in the first 7:43 of the frame to seize control.

"We got some timely goals," proclaimed Hamley.

The team's philosophy all season was to be playing well down the stretch. Now, the Mammoth has confidence heading into the playoffs.

"We knew that we needed to end the season on a positive note and get some momentum going into next week," said Jones.

Mission accomplished.

Colorado will face the West Division's top seed, the Calgary Roughnecks, in the West Division Semifinal next week. The Roughnecks earned the number-one seed on Saturday night after defeating the Rush, 12-11, in overtime.

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