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 topped the Buffalo Bandits in a preseason game at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Six Nations on Saturday. Buffalo led 4-0 after the first quarter, but Minnesota rallied with nine consecutive goals in the second, taking a 9-8 lead into the half and never looking back. Nick Patterson played the entire 60 minutes in goal for the Swarm, allowing just 11 goals against one of the league's most dangerous offenses.
Kevin Ross led the Swarm offensively with three goals, while Ohio State product Kevin Buchanan scored twice. Newcomer Kevin Fines added a single for Minnesota.