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Double duty: Swarm and Wings meet for Sunday matinee

04/02/2013, 4:32pm EDT
By NLL.com's Swarm beat writer Jace Frederick and Wings beat writer Dave Walls

Philly looks to end five-game skid, Minnesota on three-game win streak

The Philadelphia Wings (5-8) host the Minnesota Swarm (6-7) at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday at 4pm ET. (Photo: Scott Pierson)

The Minnesota Swarm (6-7), winners of three-straight games, hit the road for a rematch with the Philadelphia Wings (5-8), mired in a five-game losing streak, at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET in the second game of back-to-back situations for both squads. Watch the game live on YouTube via The Lacrosse Network.

The Swarm handled the Wings last Friday in a 20-11 victory in St. Paul.

“I’m sure they’ve got a score to settle with us,” said Swarm head coach Joe Sullivan. “No one likes getting handed a 20-11 loss like that. I look for them to rebound hard.”

“It’s a make-or-break weekend,” said Swarm transition player Jordan MacIntosh. “If we can go 2-0 this weekend, I think that puts us in a really good spot for playoffs. If things don’t go as planned, it puts us in a really tough spot.”

“As we go into a weekend like this, I think we’re as prepared as we can be if we stick to our game plan,” Sullivan said.

The Wings were handed their fifth-straight loss by the Rochester Knighthawks (6-6) with a 14-7 home win at The Blue Cross Arena on Saturday night.

“You want to win," Mouradian said. "You just got to focus on the moment, clean up what you’ve got to clean up, and move forward.”

The Swarm earned their third-straight victory and handed the Buffalo Bandits (5-9) their sixth-straight loss with a 21-7 home win before a crowd of 10,167 at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday night.

The 21 goals scored by the Swarm were the most by an NLL team this season and set a new franchise record while the 14-goal losing margin was Buffalo’s worst in team history. Minnesota scored 20 or more goals for the second-straight game, the first time that an NLL team has accomplished the feat since the Bandits did it in 2005.

Minnesota hopes the experience from last year’s playoff run, which followed a 5-7 start to the season, leads to equal success coming down the stretch this time around.

“Those guys have lived through it once,” Sullivan said. “They’ve got to reel back and remember what that was like and how they got through that... We know where we’re going as a team and what we have to get done.”

The slow start to the season doesn’t limit the team’s postseason possibilities if it can play well at the end, Sullivan said.

“Anything can happen in that one-game final,” he said. “It’s just getting there. To get there though, that’s a tougher battle.”

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