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Live from the Hive: Swarm host Wings for anticipated home opener

01/15/2014, 1:30am EST
By Wings beat writer Julie Kayzerman & Brent Hollerud for NLL.com

Minnesota ready for home opener Sunday after win in Philly on Saturday


The Minnesota Swarm (1-2) host the Philadelphia Wings (1-3) for their home opener at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday at 3pm ET. (Photo: Todd Bauders)

The Minnesota Swarm (1-2) earned their first 'W' of the year by defeating the Philadelphia Wings (1-3) on the road by a score of 11-10 at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday afternoon. The two teams will finish their home-and-home series by heading to Minnesota for the Swarm's home opener at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.

“We’ve been waiting for our home opener and it couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s going to give us the opportunity to get back to .500 and get closer to our goal,” said Swarm head coach Sullivan. “Look for an outstanding team. We’re young, we’re exciting, and we’re productive. Once the ball begins to fall for our offense they are going to gel real quick. It’s going to be an exciting team to watch.”

Saturday's loss left Wings head coach Blane Harrison “frustrated and disappointed” as the team clearly fell behind in the second quarter. “This is like the third loss that we’ve given up six goals in the second quarter and not scored a whole lot… you can’t win any games when you dig that kind of hole, so we’re going to have to figure that out and come back tomorrow and make it happen.”

“I like the resilience of this group and the character of this group that we’re showing,” said Wings veteran Tracey Kelusky. “No one’s pushing the panic button by any means because I think there’s a lot of things that are within our control that we can fix… but at the end of day we’ve dug ourselves in a bit of a hole but I’m confident in this group and the guys we have because again, that resiliency goes a long way.”

Meanwhile, the wait is almost over for the Swarm home opener as the team will celebrate their 10th anniversary season of professional lacrosse in St. Paul. The Swarm tend to play their best lacrosse in St. Paul, especially in the first game of the year, winning five of the last six home openers.

“In my experience, Minnesota truly has the best fans, the best arena, and our ownership takes care of us incredibly,” Sullivan explains. “Everyone is excited to come back home.”

Watch Sunday's matinee rematch live on YouTube via The Lacrosse Network by clicking here.

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