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Swarm Defeat Lumberjax, 11 7

12/31/2008, 12:09pm EST
By National Lacrosse League

MN goalie Croswell makes 42 saves to get first career win

The Minnesota Swarm defeated the Portland LumberJax by a score of 11-7 on Saturday night at Rose Garden in Portland. Swarm goaltender Kevin Croswell, who played sparingly last season, got the start and stopped 42 out of 49 shots faced en route to the win.

The Minnesota Swarm defeated the Portland LumberJax by a score of 11-7 on Saturday night at Rose Garden in Portland. Swarm goaltender Kevin Croswell, who played sparingly last season, got the start and stopped 42 out of 49 shots faced en route to the win.

Portland opened the scoring as Pete Jacobs opened the game's scoring with a goal at 2:43 of the first quarter. The Jax also got first quarter goals from Peter Morgan, Scott Stewart and Tim Campeau to take a 4-2 lead after the first quarter.

The Swarm turned things around in the second quarter. Kevin Ross scored two of Minnesota's four goals in the quarter. The Swarm defense held Portland to one goal, as Minnesota took a 6-5 lead into halftime.

Swarm goaltender Kevin Croswell continued his stellar play into third quarter, once again holding Portland to one goal. It was tightly played quarter, with Minnesota getting goals from Kevin Fines and Dan Marohl to take an 8-6 lead into the fourth quarter.

Sean Pollock (2G, 4A) and Kevin Ross (3G, 2A) led a balanced Swarm offense. Ryan Ward and Dan Marohl each added two goals and two assists. Minnesota did not have defenseman Ryan Cousins in the lineup. Portland's offense was led by Dan Stroup and Peter Morgan, who each scored two goals in the contest.

Portland returns to action on Friday when they host the Colorado Mammoth. Minnesota heads home and will host their home opener on Saturday against San Jose.

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