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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
17:00:00
Vancouver
Toronto
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
San Diego
New York
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
Albany
Buffalo
Sat, Dec 3
20:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
Sat, Dec 3
20:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Sat, Dec 10
19:00:00
Toronto
Rochester
Sat, Dec 10
21:30:00
Vancouver
Calgary
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Fri, Dec 16
22:30:00
Panther City
Las Vegas
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Rochester
Albany
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Georgia
Sat, Dec 17
19:30:00
Halifax
New York
Sat, Dec 17
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Dec 30
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Dec 31
21:00:00
Panther City
Saskatchewan
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
22:30:00
Philadelphia
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Panther City
Rochester
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Halifax
Albany
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Buffalo
Georgia
Sat, Jan 7
19:30:00
Toronto
New York
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Vancouver
San Diego
Sun, Jan 8
0:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
18:30:00
Albany
Halifax
Fri, Jan 13
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Colorado
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Halifax
Toronto
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Panther City
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 14
19:30:00
Georgia
Buffalo
Sat, Jan 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Jan 14
22:00:00
Las Vegas
Vancouver
Sun, Jan 15
15:00:00
Rochester
New York
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
19:30:00
Buffalo
Rochester
Fri, Jan 20
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
New York
Albany
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
18:00:00
Rochester
Halifax
Fri, Jan 27
19:00:00
Buffalo
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 28
19:30:00
Buffalo
New York
Sat, Jan 28
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Saskatchewan
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
Toronto
Calgary
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Jan 28
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
21:00:00
Georgia
Colorado
Sat, Feb 4
18:00:00
Calgary
Halifax
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
New York
Toronto
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
Albany
Philadelphia
Sat, Feb 4
19:30:00
Rochester
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Panther City
San Diego
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 4
22:30:00
Colorado
Las Vegas
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
19:30:00
Toronto
Georgia
Fri, Feb 10
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Sat, Feb 11
19:00:00
Halifax
Rochester
Sat, Feb 11
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Feb 11
20:00:00
Vancouver
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
21:00:00
Colorado
Calgary
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Georgia
Toronto
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Las Vegas
Albany
Sat, Feb 18
19:30:00
Philadelphia
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 18
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
13:00:00
New York
Halifax
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
21:00:00
Panther City
Colorado
Fri, Feb 24
22:30:00
Calgary
Las Vegas
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
New York
Rochester
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
Albany
Georgia
Sat, Feb 25
20:00:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
18:30:00
Buffalo
Halifax
Fri, Mar 3
21:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Rochester
Toronto
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Mar 4
20:00:00
Saskatchewan
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Mar 10
21:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Mar 11
19:00:00
Albany
Toronto
Sat, Mar 11
19:30:00
Philadelphia
New York
Sat, Mar 11
20:30:00
San Diego
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 11
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sun, Mar 12
16:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Fri, Mar 17
22:00:00
San Diego
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 18
11:00:00
Georgia
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 18
18:00:00
Toronto
Halifax
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Colorado
Buffalo
Sat, Mar 18
20:00:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
20:30:00
San Diego
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Toronto
Albany
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Halifax
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 25
19:30:00
Georgia
New York
Sat, Mar 25
21:30:00
Calgary
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Buffalo
San Diego
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Colorado
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 25
22:30:00
Rochester
Las Vegas
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
20:00:00
New York
Georgia
Fri, Mar 31
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Colorado
Fri, Mar 31
22:00:00
Calgary
San Diego
Sat, Apr 1
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Apr 1
20:00:00
Albany
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
21:30:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
Sun, Apr 2
13:00:00
Georgia
Halifax
Sun, Apr 2
18:00:00
Rochester
Philadelphia
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Albany
Rochester
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Saskatchewan
Georgia
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Panther City
Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Vancouver
Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
San Diego
Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
New York
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
Halifax
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
Calgary
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
New York
Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
Georgia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
Toronto
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Albany
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Buffalo
Albany
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Halifax
Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
Colorado
San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
New York
Vancouver
Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
Saskatchewan
Las Vegas
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Swarm Showcasing Stingy Defense

Primarily thought of for its offense—and with good reason—, the Georgia Swarm’s defense has been quietly coalescing together during the season. Under the guidance from its veteran leaders and the coaching of assistant coach Sean Ferris, the Swarm defense has become a stopping force going toe-to-toe with the best in the NLL.

Against the Toronto Rock—the top defensive team in the East Division—in Game 1 of the division finals on Saturday, May 13, Georgia’s defense outplayed the Rock. Down 3-0 for most of the first half, the defense kept Toronto’s transition offense from running away with the game so the Swarm offense could catch up and surpass Toronto on way to an 11-8 victory.

While the offense struggled to gain traction early in the game, the defense shone from a myriad of players. Joel White had 14LB+1CTO, team captain Jordan MacIntosh finished with 5LB+1CTO, Bryan Cole ended with 6LB+1CTO, and Chad Tutton had 3LB+1CTO.

Offensive players got in on the defensive clinic, as Miles Thompson went 5LB+1CTO and MVP candidate Lyle Thompson ended the night with 6LB+3CTO. Jordan Hall scooped up four loose balls, and Randy Staats got three for himself.

More proof of the Swarm’s defensive prowess was how it held Toronto to only 47 shots on goal, eight of which found the net. These are both below average for the Rock, who averaged 56.22 SF/GAME and 12.17 GF/GAME during the regular season.

This ability to hold Toronto down was due to the pressure Georgia’s defensive end brought for the entire 60 minutes on Saturday night. Assistant captain Jason Noble, offseason addition John Ranagan, Ethan O’Connor, Connor Sellars, Alex Crepinsek, and Mitch Belisle all recorded loose balls of their own while constantly pushing Toronto’s attack away from the goal and rarely giving any open lanes up.

Even when Toronto was able to find an opening, it was more often than not shut down by the stalwart Mike Poulin. Georgia’s big offseason signing shone on Saturday night, making 39 saves to finish with an 8 GAA and an .830 SV%.

“Our defense played well,” White said after Saturday’s victory, “and obviously Poulie backed us throughout the whole game and especially so in the second half. When we’re in those types of situations, we hope that our defense can do what our offense has done for us all season, and that’s bail us out…(T)hat’s kind of what we want to do, is just help each other on both sides of the ball. Poulie’s done that for us all season. We’re lucky to have him.”

While Saturday’s game came as a surprise to many people expecting to see the best offense in the NLL go off, the defense’s performance has been snowballing all season to this level.

During the regular season, Georgia sat squarely in the middle of the nine NLL teams in goals against with 213, one behind the two-time defending champion Saskatchewan Rush and its 212. The Colorado Mammoth, Toronto Rock, and Rochester Knighthawks round out the top five defenses in the NLL.

Georgia’s defense did not start off this strong. In the first nine games of the regular season, Georgia averaged 12.56 GA/GAME. This number was overshadowed by the team’s impressive 14.44 GF/GAME.

In the second half of the season, Georgia’s offense kicked it up another level. In the first four games of April, Georgia averaged 19.75 GF/GAME. In the final nine games of the season, the offense evened out at 15.11 GF/GAME.

This number overshadowed the defense’s work. The Swarm defense saw its GA/GAME in the last nine games improve from 12.56 to 11.11 GA/GAME. The only team with less GA/GAME in the second half was Rochester with 10.89 GA/GAME. Georgia finished the season with a GA/GAME of 11.83, five hundredths of a percentage point behind Saskatchewan.

Only two teams collected more loose balls than Georgia’s 1318: the New England Black Wolves with 1320 and the Toronto Rock with 1425.

Poulin has been steady between the pipes all season, finishing with an 11.77 GAA and a .781 SV%. His signing has paid dividends in the tangibles and intangibles as his leadership has helped the Swarm defense quietly become one of the best in the sport.

“Poulin’s been unbelievable in the locker room and as a teammate,” assistant captain Shayne Jackson said. “He’s been unbelievable as a leader. He’s not afraid to pipe up when the time is needed, and when he does, everyone usually drops what they’re doing and pays attention to him cause he’s been around and he knows what it’s going to take. We can’t say enough about him because he’s been absolutely huge for the team this year.”

Brodie MacDonald has excelled as backup, finishing with an 11.70 GAA and a .767 SV% in 153:52 min. of playing time. MacDonald turned in two particularly exceptional games, one against New England that allowed Georgia to come back from behind and win 17-15 and the final game of the regular season where he held Rochester to only eight goals on the way to a loss.

“We want to continue to play good, aggressive defense and push the pace, push the ball as much as we can,” head coach Ed Comeau said.

With want becoming reality, Georgia is now a threat on both ends of the floor, its two strengths helping it make a run for the franchise’s first-ever Champion’s Cup appearance.

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