The sport of lacrosse has grown over the past several years. It has recently migrated into the south in both outdoor and indoor lacrosse. In 2015, the Minnesota Swarm franchise of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) moved to Gwinnett County’s Infinite Energy Arena to become the Georgia Swarm for the 2016 season.
The Swarm are a box lacrosse team which plays on artificial turf and uses the same dimensions as hockey with the dasher boards and plexiglass. This leads to higher scoring and lots of contact.
The Georgia Swarm finished their first season in the NLL with a record of 8-10 but qualified for the postseason. Georgia will travel to face the New England Black Wolves this weekend.
Randy Staats is the Swarm’s leading scorer with 36 goals and 59 assists which ranks him tied for 10th in the league. Obviously Staats isn’t exactly a household name to most sports fans he is one of the emerging stars in professional lacrosse.