Swarm Overcome Late Deficit to Sting Wings

Continuing their losing skid, the Philadelphia Wings were handed their seventh loss of the season by the Minnesota Swarm. The Wings remain with just one victory at home this year after a hard-fought 15-14 loss against the Minnesota Swarm on Sunday. Philadelphia's record now stands at 3-7.

"It's a tough loss for us," said Head Coach Blane Harrison. "The Swarm had five goals on the power play compared to our two. That's the difference in the game. They swapped goalies after our big first half and it seemed to change their momentum."

Forwards Jordan Hall and Kevin Crowley provided the much needed surge for the Wings offense to open with their highest scoring first quarter since 2008. Philadelphia tallied seven goals and led 7-3 over Minnesota. Hall scored two goals and Crowley added a score and four assists. Philadelphia carried their momentum through the first half. The Wings held a 9-6 lead over the Swarm at halftime. Forward Pat Saunders recorded a hat trick through 2 quarters, his fourth multi-goal game and second hat trick this season.

Minnesota cut the Philadelphia lead to two goals, winning the third frame against the Wings. The Swarm outscored the Wings 4-3 in the third quarter. Philadelphia led 12-10 entering the final quarter. The fourth quarter opened in favor of the Swarm as Minnesota carried a 7-0 scoring run over the Wings. Swarm Forward Logan Schuss went on a tear, recording four goals in the second half. Minnesota gained their first lead of the game early in the fourth quarter. The Swarm held on to secure their second win of the year and clinch the season series against Philadelphia 2-1.

Forwards Kevin Crowley, Jordan Hall and Pat Saunders were the positives in a tough defeat. Crowley notched 10 points (eight assists, two goals) while Hall and Saunders each tallied a hat trick.

Following Sunday's contest against Minnesota, the Wings have a bye week during Week 10 and will resume play on Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. when they visit the Rochester Knighthawks. Philadelphia makes their way back to the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, March 16 at 4:00 p.m. to take on the Rochester Knighthawks.

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PHILADELPHIA- After being pushed to the limit, the National Lacrosse League's (NLL) Minnesota Swarm were able to bend but not break as they staged a furious second half rally to upend the Philadelphia Wings 15-14 on Sunday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center.

“Collectively they all believed today,” Swarm coach Joe Sullivan explained after the win. “We didn't get the start we wanted but the heart and character came through and everyone played for the guy next to them.”

The Swarm were led by a breakout performance by rookie F Logan Schuss, who exploded for five goals and two assists, highlighted by a natural hat trick to begin the fourth quarter, which erased a 12-10 deficit and gave his team their first lead of the day, one they would not relinquish. The 2013 No. 1 overall pick scored 13 seconds into the final frame, finishing off a nice setup from T Jordan MacIntosh and T Tyler Hass, before adding two more goals to complete the hat trick in a 1:46 span. Schuss echoed his coach's sentiment when talking about Minnesota's resilience.

“It's all about what coach Sully has been talking to us about: having faith in each other,” Schuss said. “We know lacrosse is a game of runs and we were going to get our chance and it ended up working out for us.”

Minnesota's rally started earlier in the third quarter when they scored the last three goals of the quarter, and the first three of what ended up being a 7-0 run, which gave them a 14-12 lead after trailing 12-7. Forward Callum Crawford tallied his only goal of his six-point output (1g, 5a) to get the streak started, and T Brock Sorensen chipped in for his second goal of the night (and fourth of the weekend) to bring the Swarm within a pair in the waning stages of the third quarter.

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2014-02-23



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