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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
9:00 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
7:30 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
7:30 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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Swarm Are Ready To Start Putting a Stingin’ on the League

It may sound hyperbolic to say that fingers would’ve been on the panic button had the Georgia Swarm lost to the New England Black Wolves last weekend, but the Swarm surely would’ve been in unfamiliar and uncomfortable territory.

 

In an East Division matchup, the Swarm and Black Wolves were heading in opposite directions – early-season bragging rights were also on the line. The Swarm were trying to prove that they hadn’t fallen off a cliff by and were hoping not to drop to 2-4 while the Black Wolves were making the case that their undefeated 4-0 stretch to start the year was no fluke.

 

Historically, the Swarm are not known for their prolific starts to the NLL season, but a 2-4 record would have handed them their worst six-game shot out of the gates since they were 1-5 in 2014.

 

The Swarm were already in uncharted territory heading into the match against the Black Wolves riding a three-game losing streak – they had not lost three or more regular-season games in a row since 2016.

 

Following a two-game win streak to start the year, many were saying that this Swarm team were a threat to be title contenders and were going to pose a similar threat to the league as they did during their NLL Champions Cup-winning season of 2017. But after their dominating show against the Philadelphia Wings in which the Swarm won 12-6 in their second game of the year, the team appeared to lose the mojo they had started their campaign with.

 

Subsequent losses to the Colorado Mammoth and Buffalo Bandits brought them back to .500 on the year. Then, facing the Expansion New York Riptide, the Swarm were met by a team that was more hungry for a win than they were and executed a few more plays than they did, flipping their season on its head.

 

The Swarm, ironically, had been stung more times than they would’ve expected or wished. And, even after a gritty and impressive winning-effort on the road in OT against a division rival, the Swarm, according to Assistant Coach Dan Ladouceur, were not satisfied with where they sat in the standings through one-third of the year.

 

“We’re not where we want to be,” Ladouceur said. “Realistically, we should be maybe sitting with one loss, definitely not where we are right now. We didn’t plan for this, so in that sense, it’s definitely been a disappointing start.”

 

Regardless of what the outcome was, facing the stiff competition of the Black Wolves was an important early-season test for the Swarm, and they delivered. The Black Wolves were in prime position up 10-7 to hold on to victory, but the Swarm didn’t flinch.

 

That Swarm team that you saw in that game, particularly during that fourth quarter comeback, was more like the team they wanted to be for the entire season.

 

The Swarm’s leading scorer Shayne Jackson believes that the team needs to play to its identity as a team. It’s what has brought them success in the past and last weekend. If they can do that with regularity, this team can go back to contending for a championship.

 

“I think it’s about finding our game,” Jackson said. “I think we’ve shown that our game is playing with speed, making smart decisions and playing for one another; I think we did that against New England. The three games before that, I think we showed signs of that, but not for a complete game. That’s our biggest challenge, to come out with intensity, don’t wait a quarter to try and turn it on because that doesn’t work.”

 

“We believe that we have a team that can win it all this year. It doesn’t matter if you feel it, though, if you’re not out there producing. It’s not going to work.”

 

In the record books, the win versus the Black Wolves will appear to be an insignificant early-season victory, but, if the team can build upon the successes of last week and surge towards being the team many expected them to be, they will be a serious threat.

 

And why not? This team still has many of the remaining pieces from its 2017 championship team.  Ladouceur mentioned that while this may be true, having a similar roster from three years ago allows opposing teams to continue building their strategies against those players that they’re familiar with. Not only that, but when your own players are evolving and developing their play, coaching staffs need to change the schemes accordingly.

 

More important than any of their wins this season, Ladouceur stressed that learning from the first six games this year, taking the best aspects of each of those games and building a strategy around those successes will beget championship-worthy play. Waiting much longer could pose a serious threat to their playoff positioning or even their postseason fate entirely.

 

It appears they’ve understood that by following up that Black Wolves victory with another hard-fought, gritty win last night against the Wings. Yet, the Swarm still haven’t instilled fear into teams like they would’ve wished this season. With 12 weeks left in the year, the team needs to continue to build off the momentum they’ve built over their last two victories, says Ladouceur.

 

“We’re very aware to the fact that we had that stutter in the first-third of the season and created a bit of a hole for ourselves,” Ladouceur said. “We’re not exactly where we want to be going into the second-third of the season, but, we’ve made adjustments and we are where we are… Now that we’ve clawed back to .500, we’re ready to take steps forward. Looking back, we created a hole in the first-third and it’s time to make up some ground in the second-third.”

 

 

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