Who doesn’t love a good changeover time-lapse video? Here’s a fun one from Minnesota, where we see the XCel Energy Center go from a concert to the Roller Girls layout to the Hive, ready for the Swarm to take the floor. Particularly apt in this case since the workers really do resemble a swarm buzzing rapidly about.
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Ah, Showtime at the Downtowner. Once again we are treated to the dulcet tones of Callum Crawford as he hosts the final episode this season of his fireside chats. This time his guest is Josh Gillam, once again a late-season addition to the Swarm lineup after his winter playing hockey in Germany. Watch to find out Gillam’s answer to the critical lacrosse or hockey question and see the twists and turns of Crawford’s and Gillam’s on-again off-again friendship.
Elite athletes perform at their best under moderate activation levels. For a big game it is more likely that a player is over aroused or too excited. In reaction to a stressful or life threatening event, our bodies produce epinephrine (a.k.a. adrenaline) to help us fight or flee. This is called the stress response. This can be helpful if you are jumped on the street, but if you are trying to win a playoff game, the adrenaline can work against you. When athletes are too fired up bad things often happen. It can cause one to be overaggressive and commit unnecessary penalties. It can interfere with the fine motor functioning needed to score goals. And last but not least it can affect our brain and interfere with decision-making. This is true for coaches as well. READ MORE »
The National Lacrosse League has announced the NLL All-Pro Teams for the 2013 season. Six of the 12 players honored are first-time selections, four teams had two All-Pros and three honorees will play in the 2013 NLL Championship Game presented by Reebok this weekend.
The 2013 NLL All-Pro First Team consists of Toronto Rock forward Garrett Billings, Washington Stealth forward Rhys Duch, Calgary Roughnecks forward Shawn Evans, Minnesota Swarm transition player Jordan MacIntosh, Edmonton Rush defenseman Kyle Rubisch, and Rochester Knighthawks goaltender Matt Vinc. READ MORE »
To paraphrase the inimitable Casey Stengel, good defence will always beat good offence and vice versa. Last night, National Lacrosse League fans had a chance to witness a battle between the contrasting styles of the stingy Rochester Knighthawks, who gave up the fewest goals in the regular season, and the go-go Minnesota Swarm, who ran their way to the second-most goals in the league. In this case, the defence ruled the day as the Knighthawks slowed down the high-flying Swarm attack in a 12-10 win behind 4 goals from Craig Point while allowing Minnesota only 35 shots, 25 of which Goalie of the Year Matt Vinc turned aside. The Knighthawks will now head to Langley, BC (yes, you read that correctly) to face Washington in the Champions Cup after the Stealth edged the Calgary Roughnecks 14-13 in the West Division final despite 7 goals (yes, you read that correctly, too) from Curtis Dickson. READ MORE »
IL Indoor Roundtable: What were the weekend’s surprises other than the Swarm, and what’s going on with the Rush?
Ahh, the playoffs. The first weekend saw four games with plenty of storylines. Matt Vinc continued his run of dominance as the Knighthawks downed the Wings to return to the East Division final. Out west, Colorado looked good for the first half and really not good for the second half against Calgary, as the Roughnecks rebounded from last year’s first-round loss to get back to the West Division final. Washington had a remarkable comeback to down the Rush. But the story that sticks out like a sore thumb is the surprising domination of the Rock by the Swarm. What other surprises did the IL Indoor Roundtable group of Bob Chavez, Teddy Jenner, Ty Pilson and Stephen Stamp see? Also, whither the Rush? What do we think of their flirtations with Saskatoon? Make the jump to find out. READ MORE »
The National Lacrosse League Divisional Finals get underway on Saturday afternoon as the defending champion Rochester Knighthawks host of the Minnesota Swarm. Unlike the Knighthawks and Swarm, who haven’t met since a December 2012 pre-season game, the Calgary Roughnecks and Washington Stealth faced off three times in the 2013 season. Only one of those three games was played in Calgary, the last game of the series, the Stealth coming away with the win. Both games will be broadcast live back-to-back on CBS Sports Network. READ MORE »
Have you ever made 54 saves in a National Lacrosse League game? Tyler Carlson has, and it’s one of the reasons the Swarm are still playing. Last Sunday’s win over Toronto puts the Swarm in a division final for the second straight season, and Carlson is loving it. “It feels great, because you never want to go home,” the goalie tells MNSwarm.com in a Q&A session. “The whole team came together and it feels good, but now we have to step forward and get another win.” And as much as Carlson and the Swarm want to redeem last year’s pasting handed to them by Edmonton, they’re not going to take lightly a Rochester team that isn’t known for having an offense that piles up the goals. “I think they have a really good transition game, with guys like Brad Self who I played with this summer. He’s got some wheels,” said Carlson. “I know the stats don’t necessarily represent that, but they’re good and we need to be ready to shut them down.”
The 2013 National Lacrosse League playoffs kicked off Saturday afternoon as the Rochester Knighthawks hosted the Philadelphia Wings. Though they managed to tie the game twice, the Wings never took the lead, eventually being defeated 10-8 by the defending champions. Down 7-2 at the half the Washington Stealth outscored the Edmonton Rush 10-4 in the second 30 minutes in a nailbiter that saw Washington advance to the Divisional Finals. Also having met three times this season, the Colorado Mammoth and Calgary Roughnecks had fans on the edge of their seats as the game was knotted at 7 going into the half. Holding the Mammoth scoreless in the third the Roughnecks come out on top with a convincing 15-10 win. On Sunday afternoon, the high-scoring, fast-paced action of the Minnesota Swarm proved too much for the league leading Toronto Rock as the Swarm outscored their opponent in every quarter towards a 20-11 win. READ MORE »
They’re the men behind the benches, the brains of the operation who put together the game plans that they hope their players will execute effectively. It worked out last weekend for these four men, the head coaches of the teams that have reached the semi-finals of the National Lacrosse League’s chase for the Champions Cup. And now they are all together on Boxla Beat on NLL Radio. First up is Curt Malawsky, the rookie head coach of the Calgary Roughnecks. For the first time in years, the Riggers didn’t hit double digits in the win column. No one in Calgary will care all that much, though, if they can repeat the sequence they followed in 2009 of downing the Mammoth, then the Stealth and then winning the title. Then we have Mouse’s West Division finals adversary, Chris Hall. The Stealth’s head man has enjoyed being with the team all year and he’s hoping that year last’s another week and ends with a win. Joe Sullivan’s Minnesota Swarm are in the East playoffs and have a good chance to win the division and set up an all-Western final after earning the crossover bid. Standing in their way are Mike Hasen and the defending champion Rochester Knighthawks. Hear them all, only on Boxla Beat on NLL Radio, brought to you by J&M Automotive and Marianne Beacon Bowen Therapist.