COLORADO DROPS SECOND STRAIGHT TO GEORGIA

The Colorado Mammoth hosted the Georgia Swarm in their home opener Friday night. These teams played two weeks ago, with the Swarm winning 16-10 at The Hive. Colorado was missing a number of key players two weeks ago, including goaltender Dillon Ward. Ward was activated for the second matchup, along with defender Jalen Chaster; however, forward Zed Williams and transition player Jordan Gilles were serving suspensions stemming from involvement in fights in the first matchup. The personnel changes were not enough for the Mammoth to exact revenge, as the Swarm came away with a 15-8 victory. The win gives Georgia a series sweep over Colorado and improves their record to 2-1 ahead of a crucial matchup with Buffalo in Week 5. The Mammoth fall to 0-2, having been outscored 31-18 in their two games against Georgia.

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Another slow start for Colorado

Three minutes was all it took for the Swarm to build a three-goal lead. Lyle Thompson (0:34), Jordan MacIntosh (2:45), and Liam Byrnes (3:00) put Georgia out in front. Colorado rebounded with a three-goal run of their own. Connor Robinson (5:47), Dylan Kinnear (8:02), and Robinson again (8:56) tied the game. However, Georgia would reel off five straight goals through the rest of the half. Markers from Shayne Jackson (9:49) and Andrew Kew (12:53) gave the Swarm a 5-3 lead after one quarter. Then Brendan Bomberry (10:14), Seth Oakes (10:34), and Bryan Cole (11:02) extended the lead to 8-3 at halftime.

Georgia pulls away for series sweep

Colorado pulled within three to start the second half, courtesy of Robinson’s hat trick goal (5:15 power play) and Tyson Gibson (7:10). But it was as close as they would get the rest of the game. MacIntosh (11:29) and Oakes (12:18) each scored their second goal to push the Swarm lead to 10-5. Connor Kelly (13:53) cut the Mammoth deficit to four going into the final quarter.

Colorado had a chance early in the fourth quarter to narrow the gap, but Brett Dobson submitted an early candidate for Save of the Year, stopping a follow-up shot from Ben McDonald from a seated position without his stick in his hand. The Swarm runners showed their appreciation with another four-goal run. Bomberry’s second (5:30), Zach Miller (6:57), and two more from Oakes (6:17; 8:10) put effectively the game out of reach, 14-6. Eli McLaughlin (9:59) and Kelly’s second (11:14) sandwiched Lyle Thompson’s second goal (10:55) to close the scoring.

Other Stats of Note

Dobson finished with 42 saves; Ward (35 saves) became just the 10th goalie in NLL history to surpass 8,000 minutes played

Despite the loss, Colorado won 21 of 27 faceoffs and killed off all three Georgia power plays

Jackson had 6 assists, while Thompson had 4 and MacIntosh had 3

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“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk was formally introduced to box lacrosse when he attended a New England Black Wolves game on a whim in 2016. Instantly hooked, he has since become an avid follower of the National Lacrosse League. Following the postponement of the 2019-2020 NLL season, he was offered the chance to share his wealth of statistical knowledge and unique insights with the lacrosse community at large. He cheerfully accepted, and currently serves as Edge of Philly’s correspondent for both the Albany FireWolves and New York Riptide.

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