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Wednesday, 17 August 2016 10:54

Georgia Swarm August Update

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Swarm sign free agent goalie Mike Poulin (Seen in action with Calgary last season) to a three-year deal. Image courtesy Calvin So.

The Georgia Swarm announced two new additions, including a Marietta native, and the re-signing of two other players to the club earlier this month. The moves are part of preparation for the Swarm’s second National Lacrosse League season as representatives of Atlanta.

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Randy Staats led Georgia in scoring, and is a leading contender for the NLL Rookie of the Year after being selected with the No. 6 overall pick in last season's draft.

The National Lacrosse League released the official order of selection for the 2016 NLL Draft late last week, including compensatory selections awarded to teams ahead of the 2017 season, and the Georgia Swarm owns the Nos. 4, 8 and 10 selections in the opening round. The Swarm will have 12 picks, including 10 in the first three rounds, in this year’s draft.

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2015 No. 1 pick Lyle Thompson was one of three Georgia rookies to break the 60-point total in their first season. Image courtesy Khoi Ton.

Despite losing to East Division rival New England (11-8) in the opening round of the National Lacrosse League playoffs, Georgia (8-11) had a successful year in Georgia after relocating from Minnesota ahead of the 2016 season.

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Shayne Jackson (32) finished the season with 83 total points, second for the Swarm for the season. Image courtesy Paul Sasso.  

The Georgia Swarm (8-10) will travel to New England to play the Black Wolves (10-8) on Saturday evening in the opening round of the National Lacrosse League playoffs. The Swarm finished third in the East Division while the Wolves were second. The victor will advance to face the Buffalo Bandits (13-5) to decide the division title.

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Shayne Jackson (32) scored three goals in the loss to New England giving him a career high of 36 on the season. Image courtesy New England Black Wolves.

The Georgia Swarm (7-10) was defeated by the New England Black Wolves (10-6) on Sunday in Week 17 National Lacrosse League action. The loss at Mohegan Sun Arena snaps the Swarm three-game win streak, but Georgia can still earn a trip to the playoffs with a win at home in the final week of the regular season against the Vancouver Stealth (5-11).

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Brodie MacDonald made 36 saves in the Georgia Swarm Week 15 win over the Colorado Mammoth. The win was the first for MacDonald snce January 30. Image courtesy Paul Sasso/Georgia Swarm.

The Georgia Swarm (5-9) took the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Field on Sunday afternoon to face the Colorado Mammoth (10-4) with their postseason future barely alive and responded by delivering arguable the best game of the season on the way to a seven-goal victory against Colorado, 17-10, in Week 15 National Lacrosse League action.

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Swarm rookie Randy Staats (#83) leads Georgia in points with 59 on the season. Image courtesy Paul Sasso.

The Georgia Swarm (4-9) played host to the Buffalo Bandits (9-4) at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Field at Infinite Energy Arena in Week 14 of the National Lacrosse League on Saturday night knowing that their postseason life was at stake, but that didn’t help the home team hold a 4th quarter lead on the way to a 18-14 loss-the fifth straight for the club.

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Georgia Swarm rookie Chad Tutton (44) had his first career hat trick in the loss to Calgary on Friday night. Image courtesy Mike Delrio.   

The Georgia Swarm (4-8) was home against the Calgary Roughnecks (6-7) on Friday night in a Week 13 non-division National Lacrosse League contest looking to end a three-game loss streak but, despite holding an 11-8 advantage late in the third quarter, the visitors scored six unanswered goals in the final quarter to go home with a 16-12 win.

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Monday, 21 March 2016 07:56

Swarm fall to Knighthawks at home, 11-4

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Rookie Chad Tutton (44) scored twice in the Swarm 11-4 loss to the Knighthawks at the Infinite Energy Arena on Friday night. Image courtesy Mike Delrio.

The Georgia Swarm (4-7) fell at home to the Rochester Knighthawks (6-5) on Friday night in a critical East Division game by an 11-4 count. The loss drops Georgia 2.0 games behind Rochester for the third and final playoff spot from the division.

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Tutton celebrating his first goal of the night with fans. Image courtesy Mike Delrio.

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Georgia (4-6) traveled to Saskatchewan (6-3) on Saturday for a National Lacrosse League meeting that paired East and West Division clubs. The Swarm fell behind the Rush early and never mounted a serious challenge en route to a 14-8 loss that leaves Georgia fourth in the five-team East. The win keeps Saskatchewan on the heels of Colorado for the top spot in the four-team West.

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