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National League Lacrosse: Colorado Mammoth (6-9) Start Slow, Lose 17-12 To Minnesota Swarm On April 13; Can Clinch Playoff Spot With Win
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With the win, the Stealth advanced to 4-3 on the season, putting a full game on both Minnesota and Colorado while securing a potential advantage headed toward the playoffs by completing a season-sweep of the Mammoth.
“(Richards) was technically so sound tonight,” said Stealth Head Coach Chris Hall on a performance that elevated the Coquitlam, British Columbia native to an NLL-best 10.01 goals against average.
“He was in the right place all the time. He knew where the shots were coming from and was just absolutely dead solid,” said Hall. “When you’re in the groove you see the ball so well.”
With captain Kyle Sorensen forcing seven turnovers including four in the first half, the Stealth defense continued to make a name for itself turning away a Colorado attack that has averaged just over 13 goals-per-game.
Not even the league’s top scorer, John Grant, Jr. could put a dent in the Washington armor as the Stealth held the 13-year NLL veteran to just a single point.
The win helps erase memories of a poorly-played home loss last weekend as the Mammoth improved to .500 on the year. Colorado showed drastic improvement in all areas of their game, highlighted by a strong defensive performance and a 4-for-5 performance on the power play.
“I challenged the guys after the game last week to dedicate themselves this week and the rest of the season to get where we want to be,” said Mammoth head coach Bob Hamley. “Everybody worked hard tonight.”
John Grant, Jr. led Colorado’s attack once again with five goals and 11 points (5+6) in the game while Mammoth captain Gavin Prout had five points (1+4) in the win.
“We made a point on how terrible we played last week holding the ball, and I was one of the biggest culprits,” Grant said. “This week, I focused on just trying to feed the ball and if I was getting some shots, hopefully I would put them in.”
Colorado’s Jordan McBride opened the scoring in the first two minutes of the game. Minnesota quickly responded with three unanswered goals before the Mammoth fired back on a five-goal run which extended into the second quarter. The Swarm stalled offensively prior to the half ending, adding one goal to their opening frame performance.
Minnesota would start to buzz back in the third, tallying three goals to pull them within two. Colorado’s sticks cooled off meanwhile, with a lone goal in the waning minutes of the quarter courtesy of Sean Pollock.
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Nice mix: The Mammoth has plenty of options, as seen in the numbers of its top five scorers last year. Grant (50 goals), rookie of the year Adam Jones (29), Jamie Lincoln (27), Sean Pollock (26) and Gavin Prout (22) led the way.
Offseason: Colorado signed free agents Rich Morgan and Chet Koneczny. Morgan is an NLL giant at 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds. Koneczny is a hard-nosed defender. They were two of the most prized free agents and general manager Steve Govett landed both. Morgan was with Minnesota the last three years and has played defense most of his career, but Govett wants to try him up front to set picks for Grant. Ironically, it was a big hit from Morgan that sidelined Grant for two games with a broken sternum in 2012. “We wanted the team to be grittier so we went out and got Morgan and Koneczny,” Govett said.
Entry draft: First-round and No. 9 overall pick Colton Clar has two seasons of Canadian senior summer ball under his belt, so he should be able to step in on the right side of the floor. He’s 6-foot-3, 215 pounds and hard to stop. “Just like we did last year when we made Adam [Jones] our first pick, we got our guy again this year,’’ coach Bob Hamley said. “Colton’s a big body who can shoot the ball. He has good hands.”
Dalgarno returns: Forward Joel Dalgarno, who took 2012 off while establishing a firefighting career in British Columbia, will help make Colorado’s offense the most diversified in the league.
Big Mac attack: Mac Allen missed the first half of 2012 while rehabbing from a knee injury, but should be ready for the start of the season in January. A full season with Big Mac is a big boost on the back end. Colorado ranked sixth out of nine teams in defense last season and must improve in that area if it wants to win it all.
Crease competition: Govett signed Toronto castoff Matt Roik to compete with Levis and Tye Belanger for the starting goalie job. Roik won an NLL title with Washington, and it was a surprise when the Rock released him fter a three-game losing streak last winter. Govett doesn’t believe Roik is done.
Feelin’ good: “We feel pretty good about our roster,” Govett said. “We’ll keep most of the guys on the roster from last year and tweak from there. We’re fairly positive about where we’re at.”
Schedule: Colorado opens at home Jan. 12 against Washington.