The Colorado Mammoth secured a key victory last week against the Philadelphia Wings and will look to make it two in a row when the face the Georgia Swarm this weekend at the Pepsi Center.
2-5 isn’t the record the Mammoth would like to have heading into Week 10 NLL action, but that’s the reality they face. Yet, that record doesn’t reflect the team’s ability to stay in games despite a loss.
Thankfully, the West Division is so log-jammed that they are only two games behind the division-leading San Diego Seals who are 4-3. This Saturday would be a significant confidence-booster if the Mammoth can beat the former East Division champions from a year ago.
Mammoth head coach Pat Coyle knows that his team will need to play a full 60 minutes if they want to stay competitive with the Swarm; that hasn’t been the easiest thing for this team to do this season.
“We seem to be at our best in the 2nd and 4th quarters,” said Coyle. “We’re not as prepared leaving the dressing room as we should be. There are some small changes we could probably make, like trying to eliminate some of the distractions in the room. We have to be game ready when we’re in the locker room.”
Last week’s 4th quarter comeback is a prime example of how the Mammoth can snag a win when they’re clicking on all cylinders. Facing a potent offence like the Swarm have, it makes it all the more crucial that the home side are able to shut down their opposition’s primary scorers says Mammoth offensive coach Shawn Williams.
“The Swarm are really loaded up on the offensive front,” said Williams. “Our guys will have their work cut out for them, but we just have to focus on the game plan.”
“We know they’re coming off a lopsided loss, so we know they’ll be digging deep. “We’ll just need to stick our game plan.”
With 11 games remaining on their schedule, including eight West Division matches, there is no need to even be looking for the panic button at this point of the season. In fact, the last two Mammoth teams that started 2-5 (2013 and 2014) still managed to make the playoffs because they finished each of those year’s off strong. There’s no reason to think that 2019 couldn’t be the same.
Heading into Saturday, the Mammoth are 1-3 at home, but the “Loud House” never fails to rattle any opponent. The “6th man” will need to play a factor in the match to help their team bring home another win. The game will be featured on B/R Live at 9:00 pm EST.