Swarm narrow Rush’s playoff hopes

Shawn Slaght, All Lacrosse All The Time – A Divison of the Edge of Philly Sports Network

The Georgia Swarm picked up a huge 13-9 home victory Saturday night to put a damper on the Saskatchewan Rush’s playoff hopes.

The loss drops Saskatchewan to 6-9. It puts them two games out from the Colorado Mammoth (8-7) for fourth place in the West Division. It also gives Georgia (8-7) the tiebreaker if there is a crossover wildcard scenario. The Halifax Thunderbirds and Philadelphia Wings also sit at 7-8.

Saskatchewan’s saving grace is that the Rush play Colorado, Halifax and Las Vegas to end the season. If they can run the table and get some help they could still make the post-season.

Swarm jump out of a huge lead

Georgia put their foot down in the first quarter as they jumped out to a 6-1 lead to start out the game.

The Swarm opened with a three-goal run with markers from Andrew Kew, Shayne Jackson and Brendan Bomberry.

Saskatchewan finally got on the board with 5:36 left in the first quarter with rookie Austin Madronic diving across the crease to make it 3-1.

Georgia’s high-powered offense kept coming. Lyle Thompson found the back of the net at 3:18 followed by Jackson at 2:36 and Bomberry with 49 seconds left on the clock.

Saskatchewan product Laine Hruska saw 29 seconds of playing time in the first quarter in goal for the Rush in temporary relief of started Alex Buque.

The Church show in the second

The Rush started to claw their way back with Robert Church picking up a natural hat trick within the first 4:06 for the second quarter.

Church found the back of the net 1:29 into the quarter on the power play. Fifty-three seconds later he would pot another one for his 700th career point.

With 10:54 on the clock, Church was found downfield on transition to make the score 6-4 for the Swarm.

Georgia replied right back with a two-goal run. Jackson and Lyle Thompson each had markers to make it 4-8.

Rhys Duch scored from downtown with 2:31 left on the clock to get the Rush back within three. The score was 8-5 heading into halftime.

Swarm continue domination

Only 1:01 into the third quarter, Lyle Thompson struck again to extend Georgia’s lead. Saskatchewan replied right back with Marty Dinsdale scoring in his first game back off the injury list.

Lyle Thompson potted his fourth of the game with 2:35 on the clock and Zach Miller made it 11-6 for the Swarm with one quarter left to play.

Rush playoff hopes fade

Madronic scored on transition to open the fourth quarter and Church would make it 11-8 with 11:43 to play in the game.

Bomberry made it 12-8 with 10:01 left on the clock and Adam Wiedemann made it a five-goal game with 2:00 left.

Ryan Keenan rounded out the scoring at 1:38 to make the final 13-9 as the Rush’s playoff hopes start to fade.

Top Scorers

Georgia Swarm

Lyle Thompson, 4g 4a

Shayne Jackson, 3g 4a

Andrew Kew, 1g 6a

Saskatchewan Rush

Robert Church, 4g 4a

Mark Matthews, 3a

Austin Madronic, 2g

Ryan Barnable, 2a

Ryan Keenan, 1g 1a

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Shawn Slaght
Shawn Slaght

Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years and has experience covering everything from junior hockey to World Cup skiing to all levels of lacrosse. He is the Saskatchewan correspondent for All Lacrosse All The Time.