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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
6:00 pm ET
Wings
Thunderbirds
Sat, Dec 3
5:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rock
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Bandits
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
Seals
Riptide
Sat, Dec 3
8:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
Sat, Dec 3
8:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Sat, Dec 10
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Knighthawks
Sat, Dec 10
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Roughnecks
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Fri, Dec 16
10:30 pm ET
Panther City
Desert Dogs
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Swarm
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
FireWolves
Sat, Dec 17
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Riptide
Sat, Dec 17
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Dec 30
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Dec 31
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Rush
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
10:30 pm ET
Wings
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Swarm
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Knighthawks
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
FireWolves
Sat, Jan 7
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Riptide
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Warriors
Seals
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
6:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 13
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rock
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Wings
Sat, Jan 14
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Bandits
Sat, Jan 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 14
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Warriors
Sun, Jan 15
3:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Riptide
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Knighthawks
Fri, Jan 20
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
FireWolves
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 27
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Wings
Sat, Jan 28
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Riptide
Sat, Jan 28
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Rush
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Rock
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 28
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
9:00 pm ET
Swarm
Mammoth
Sat, Feb 4
6:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Thunderbirds
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Rock
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Wings
Sat, Feb 4
7:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Bandits
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Seals
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Warriors
Sat, Feb 4
10:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Desert Dogs
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Swarm
Fri, Feb 10
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Sat, Feb 11
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 11
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Feb 11
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
9:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Roughnecks
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Rock
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
FireWolves
Sat, Feb 18
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Bandits
Sat, Feb 18
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
1:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Mammoth
Fri, Feb 24
10:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Desert Dogs
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Swarm
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 25
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
6:30 pm ET
Bandits
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 4
11:30 am ET
Riptide
Wings
Sat, Mar 4
4:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Rock
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 4
8:00 pm ET
Rush
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Mar 10
9:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Mar 11
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Rock
Sat, Mar 11
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Riptide
Sat, Mar 11
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Rush
Sat, Mar 11
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sun, Mar 12
4:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Fri, Mar 17
10:00 pm ET
Seals
Warriors
Sat, Mar 18
11:00 am ET
Swarm
Wings
Sat, Mar 18
6:00 pm ET
Rock
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Bandits
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Mar 18
8:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
3:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Wings
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Rock
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 25
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Riptide
Sat, Mar 25
9:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Rush
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Bandits
Seals
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Warriors
Sat, Mar 25
10:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Desert Dogs
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Swarm
Fri, Mar 31
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Mammoth
Fri, Mar 31
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Seals
Sat, Apr 1
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Apr 1
8:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
Sun, Apr 2
1:00 pm ET
Swarm
Thunderbirds
Sun, Apr 2
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Wings
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
Rush
Swarm
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Roughnecks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Warriors
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 8
10:30 pm ET
Seals
Desert Dogs
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Roughnecks
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Rock
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 15
7:30 pm ET
Riptide
Bandits
Sat, Apr 15
9:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rush
Sat, Apr 15
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
8:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
6:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
Sat, Apr 22
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 22
8:00 pm ET
Rock
Bandits
Sat, Apr 22
9:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
Sat, Apr 22
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sun, Apr 23
3:00 pm ET
Wings
FireWolves
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Swarm
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Seals
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Riptide
Warriors
Sat, Apr 29
10:30 pm ET
Rush
Desert Dogs
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Season Preview: Minnesota Swarm

Not much went right for the Minnesota Swarm last season, unless they were playing the Philadelphia Wings or Buffalo Bandits. The Swarm beat each of those teams twice, but those 4 wins were the only victories of the season, leaving the Swarm with a lot of wounds to lick this past offseason. Even then, all 4 of those wins were by a single goal, so fixing the offensive production became the offseason priority and while Minnesota did add potential remedies, other issues have crept into the scenario for the 2015 National Lacrosse League season. How the Swarm respond will dictate just how successful, or not successful, this new season will be.

2014 record/playoffs: 4-14 record/no playoffs.

Top 3 returning scorers: Callum Crawford (26 goals, 54 assists for 80 points), Jordan MacIntosh (23-38, 61), Shayne Jackson (18-33, 51).

Key additions: Miles Thompson (F, draft), Ethan O’Connor (T, trade), Nick Cotter (T, return), Brodie MacDonald (G, trade), Shane MacDonald (F, draft), Dean Hill (F, free agent), Mitch Belisle (D, return).

Key losses: Logan Schuss (F, hold out), Josh Gillam (F, Physically Unable to Perform), Scott Jones (F, released), Jeff Gilbert (D, trade), Brock Sorensen (D, trade), Tyler Carlson (G, trade).

Outlook: Considering this was a team that was 1 win away from playing for the 2013 Champion’s Cup, last season’s 4-14 record certainly was a fall from grace for Minnesota. This is a squad that has oodles of young talent thanks to a stockpile of first-round draft picks in recent years, but getting it all on the same page has been a challenge for coach Joe Sullivan and his staff.

The challenge for the 2015 season looks to be much the same. There’s been a lot of turnover from 2014 and that’s to be expected for a team that failed to win back-to-back games even once last season. As to why the Swarm have struggled so, there are plenty of fingers pointing to the trade that shipped Ryan Benesch out of Minny before the 2014 season, and his presence on the left side certainly was missed. Rookie Logan Schuss was expected to fill that role and he did, but his growing pains were evident early and by the time he found his groove, the Swarm were playing catch-up and the season ended without a playoff berth.

A job situation has Schuss on the hold-out list for 2015, meaning the Swarm are back where they started in trying to balance the offense. Veteran Callum Crawford is a proven producer, and rookie forward Miles Thompson has shown great promise in preseason games. But he’s on the right side with Crawford, so that leaves Shayne Jackson as the forward Minnesota will turn to for primary production on the left side. Minnesota brought back veteran free agent Dean Hill and rookie Shane MacDonald will bring a potent stick to add to the depth on the left, but the bottom line for Minnesota is it needs more from the left if it wants to avoid being predictable and keep opposing defenses honest.

The transition took a bit of a hit with the trade of Tyler Hass, regarded by many as one of the top trannys in the game. Along with Jordan MacIntosh, the duo gave Minnesota a lethal presence in transition from the right, but the pluck of Hass certainly will be missed. Still, the Swarm have Andrew Suitor and David Earl to keep the transition game rolling, and a trade for Ethan O’Connor adds to the depth. When it comes to transition, the Swarm appear to still be in great shape and their pace in exhibition games in December shows they’re ready to be a running team.

On defense, Minnesota will be without Brock Sorensen and Jeff Gilbert, who were traded during the offseason. So the Swarm will be counting on a handful of returning players to mesh with a few newcomers to stabilize the back end, which also will feature a new goalie in Brodie MacDonald. Tyler Carlson was traded to the Edmonton Rush for MacDonald.

In losing Hass in a trade to Vancouver, the Swarm gained veteran defenseman Mike Grimes, but he was placed on the holdout list, so who knows when or if he’ll be part of The Hive. That leaves the defensive core of Alex Crepinsek, Greg Downing, Jason Noble and Kiel Matisz to work with some familiar faces that are back in the NLL in Nick Cotter and Mitch Belisle. Both are known for their physical defense and that’s an aspect the Swarm really need a lot of, but how quickly they’ll adjust to live games after a year away remains to be seen.

With the wealth of lacrosse talent across the U.S. and Canada, it’s difficult to not field a talented roster in the NLL. Minnesota has done that but still, the Swarm are a team that’s really on edge and which side they fall to is the issue most pressing. It’s a situation where there are enough gaps to either propel them to greatness, or enough gaps to keep them mired in mediocrity if the chemistry doesn’t come together quickly.

In a basic sense, things did not go well at either end for Minnesota last winter. The 219 goals-allowed was better than only 2 other teams and the 180 goals-for was worst in the league. And while there are new faces on the Minnesota defense, there at least is some NLL experience there and that can bode well for cohesiveness. Up front is a different story and the challenge of getting an offense to click can be a monster. Timing, spacing and anticipation are everything when it comes to offense and there isn’t much room for forgiveness in the close confines of box lacrosse. If the Swarm can get it together on offense while also getting more production from the left side, it can be a happy season in Minnesota. If not, it has the potential to be another long season.

Story courtesy of ILIndoor.com.

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