Jordan MacIntosh and Kiel Matisz scored hat tricks while Callum Crawford had a 9-point night and Ryan Benesch a 7-pointer as the Minnesota Swarm went into Edmonton and dominated the second half en route to a 13-8 win over the Rush in National Lacrosse League play last night. MacIntosh scored twice on acrobatic plays right on top of the crease and notched his third with an athletic drive to the net around his defender. He also added a trio of assists to set the tone for the Swarm. Evan Kirk overcame a shaky start to stop 43 shots and earn the win in goal.
Corey Small had a hat trick and 2 assists while Cory Conway contributed a goal and 4 helpers to lead the Rush, whose uber-rookie Mark Matthews was largely quiet on the night, scoring only once despite taking 14 shots. Edmonton is known for its stout defence but the Swarm’s buzzing, athletic approach to D outdid the Rush on this night.
The victory may have come at a heavy cost for the Swarm, whose heart-and-soul captain Andrew Suitor went down with an apparent knee injury in the first half and looked to be in a great deal of pain as he was carried from the turf by a pair of teammates.
The Rush led 4-2 after the first quarter but the Swarm battled back to even things up at 6-6 at halftime. Minnesota outscored Edmonton 3-1 in the third, then when the Rush scored the first goal of the fourth quarter the Swarm responded by scoring the final four goals of the game, including a pair by MacIntosh that pretty much put the game out of reach.
The same two teams are back it Sunday afternoon when they meet for a 3 pm faceoff in Minnesota.
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