Swarm Make a Statement to Start the ’23-24 Season

The Georgia Swarm were putting things together at the tail end of the regular season last year. Their near-miraculous run from a suffocating 0-7 start showed that they were on the horizon and a team to be feared this season. Tonight they made a huge statement as they gave the 2023 former Western Conference champion Colorado Mammoth a 16-10 beat-down. This was the season opener at home for the Swarm, playing and feeding off their hometown energy from the fans.

Lyle Thompson Playing on an Elite Level

The Mammoth got on the scoreboard to start, as Eli McLaughlin had a huge first quarter, putting up 2 goals and an assist. However, after McLaughlin’s second goal, the Swarm would reply with three straight goals. Lyle Thompson showed the Colorado Mammoth why he has the biggest stinger on his Georgia Swarm team as he put up 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists). His first goal of the night would come off a powerplay situation. The Swarm showed great ball movement: the second Andrew Kew spotted Thompson open, he released a fireball. Towards the end of the second quarter, Thompson would be too fast for his defender trying to contain him. To me this was a great win for the Swarm with the former league MVP Thompson at the helm showing why he’s playing at an elite level with his accuracy, quickness, and vision on the floor.

Mammoth Get Stung By Swarm

Mammoth were getting stung from all over the place by the Swarm. In addition to Thompson’s big night, both Brendan Bomberry and Seth Oakes tallied 3 goals and 3 assists. Andrew Kew was the biggest facilitator, putting up 6 assists. The Mammoth hung around as much as they could, but ultimately the Swarm offense was too much for them. Stopping this Georgia scoring unit is going to be no day at the beach, with so many go-to options available. It’s early in the season, but to me they already look like a playoff team.

Pat Bernard
Pat Bernard

Pat Bernard has four years of podcasting. His first year with the Pattison Ave Phantics and four years running Devereaux Sports. Now currently, both Devereaux Sports and Edge of Sports. Pat is a  for 6 Philly sports fan.  Flyers, Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, Wings, and Union. The Gobbler is a former pro wrestler and ACPW Hall of Famer! He is originally out of Ambler from Northeast Philly (by the Tacony Bridge).  Pat is a credentialed Philadelphia Wings Beat Reported under Edge of Philly Sports.