The Minnesota Swarm were the darlings of the National Lacrosse League last year when they rode a pair of rookie goalies and a young team that was fast, exciting and better than expected to the West Division finals. This year, they’re not catching anyone by surprise and they’re not piling up the wins the way they did in 2012. Their 3-6 record paints the picture a bit bleaker than it may actually be, given that they’ve lost three games by a single goal, but Head Coach Joe Sullivan tells me on Episode 9 of Boxla Beat on NLL Radio that the Swarm needs to be the hardest-working team on the floor and they haven’t been so far this season. I have an interesting and candid conversation with Sullivan about how pleased he is with all four of his first-round rookies and what more he expects from some of his veterans. Then I’m joined by someone who almost wasn’t an NLL player this year. It wasn’t Chris Corbeil’s ability that had him flirting with not playing for the Edmonton Rush this year; it was his signing with the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL. The NHL lockout put the kibosh on his hockey comeback, though, and Corbeil is thrilled to be part of one of the best defensive units in the NLL. Hear them both on Boxla Beat, brought to you by Bowen Therapist Marianne Beacon.Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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