Things were looking pretty bleak for the Minnesota Swarm. They sat at 3-7 and had lost three straight games after captain Andrew Suitor was felled by a blown ACL. But a funny thing happened on the way to the National Lacrosse League basement. Callum Crawford stepped in as the interim captain and stepped up his game. He scored 53 points in six games as the Swarm turned their season around. Now they’ve clinched a playoff spot and are as hot as any team heading into the post season. “I think we’re just meshing and carrying out the game plan set for us,” Crawford told the Star Tribune. He’s getting plenty of help from a supporting cast that has been filling opponents’ nets with startling regularity of late. Jordan MacIntosh has been outstanding, earning three straight Transition Player of the Week awards and plenty of others have played roles in the turnaround. But make no mistake about it: Crawford was the engineer that got the Swarm’s train back on the right track.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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