The Albany FireWolves traveled to Gas South Arena Saturday to play the Georgia Swarm in their only meeting this season. The Swarm came in winners of three straight, while Albany is off to a red-hot start this year. With goals from nine different players, the FireWolves would stay undefeated (6-0) with a 12-8 win. The Swarm drop to 4-2 on the year.

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Unlikely scorers help FireWolves to big halftime lead

Scoring kicked off in unlikely fashion, with Colton Watkinson (3:21) scoring unassisted in transition for Albany. Jordan MacIntosh (6:28) equalized for Georgia. The FireWolves then took control of the game with a three-goal run. Ethan Walker (6:46), Sam Firth (7:14), and another from Watkinson (12:27) put Albany up 4-1. The Swarm got one back before the end of the quarter with Brendan Bomberry scoring a power play goal (13:22).

In the second quarter, John Piatelli (1:18) and Patrick Kaschalk (10:26) put the FireWolves up by four. Bomberry’s second goal (12:17) cut the deficit to 6-3. However, Travis Longboat would go back-to-back (13:05; 13:34) for Albany to extend their lead to five. An apparent Swarm goal in the closing seconds of the half was overturned on review, and Albany’s lead remained 8-3 at the intermission.

FireWolves hold off late charge to stay atop the standings

Walker’s second (2:57) and a goal from Alex Simmons (3:39) quickly gave the FireWolves a 10-3 lead. It also marked the end of the night for Swarm goalie Brett Dobson. He was replaced in net by backup Angus Goodleaf. Zach Miller got on the board at 6:45 to cut Albany’s lead to 10-4 going into the fourth quarter. Georgia tried to make a comeback in the fourth, starting with Lyle Thompson going back-to-back (1:57 power play; 5:12). Marshall Powless broke the run 29 seconds later, but Thompson’s third (6:40) and Andrew Kew (8:00) narrowed the gap to 11-8. Unfortunately for the Swarm, they could get no closer, and an empty net goal from Jackson Nishimura (13:10) closed the scoring.

Other Stats of Note

Albany continues to dominate on faceoffs, winning 20 of 25 on the night.

However, the FireWolves’ power play woes also continue, going 0-for-6 with a man advantage.

In addition to his two goals, Colton Watkinson led all players with 3 Caused Turnovers, and picked up 4 Loose Balls.

Doug Jamieson had 37 saves on the night, including stopping Lyle Thompson on a penalty shot at 3:56 of the fourth quarter.

Bryan Cole led all players with 10 Loose Balls

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk

“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.