Georgia Swarm Buzzes To NLL Title

The Georgia Swarm completed a sweep of the Sasakatchewan Rush to claim the National Lacrosse League Champions Cup.  The title is the first professional sports title for an Atlanta team since the Atlanta Braves won the 1995 World Series

Okay, maybe indoor (or box lacrosse) isn’t a major sport but at least the Georgia Swarm held onto their lead to win a championship.

Miles Thompson scored the game-winner, taking a one-handed pass from brother Lyle Thompson after he drew a defensive double-team and whipping a shot past Rush goalie Aaron Bold under two minutes into overtime for a 15-14 win.

Adam Jones put the Rush up 14-13 late in the fourth quarter.  With 42 seconds remaining, the Swarm pulled goalie Mike Poulin for an extra attacker. The Rush regained possession and pulled Bold, hoping an extra man would help them keep the ball but the decision came back to haunt Saskatchewan in front of over 14,000 Rush fans.

The Swarm took possession on a errant pass. Joel White passed to Lyle for the winning attempt and then rebounded Lyle’s miss for the game-tying goal with three seconds left.

NLL commissioner Nick Sakiewicz announced postgame that Lyle Thompson was voted Champion’s Cup MVP. Thompson scored 12 points in two games.

The Swarm won Game One 18-14 on June 4th in Duluth, Georgia.   They finished the season at 17-5.

The franchise, which was in its second season in Atlanta, was founded as the Minnesota Swarm, playing in St. Paul from 2004-2015. It’s the team’s first title in 13 years.

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Swarm and Rush To Meet In NLL Final

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The Georgia Swarm and defending National Lacrosse League (NLL) champions Saskatchewan Rush will square off in the Champions Cup.   The Swarm swarmed the Toronto Rock with a strong defensive effort holding the Rock below double-digits in scoring for the second game in a row.  Shayne Jackson had three goals and two assists for the Swarm.  Goalie Mike Poulin was awesome in goal blocking 42 shots and finished with a 9 goals against average.  With the win, the Swarm swept Toronto in two games for the Eastern Division title.

The Saskatchewan Rush scored two goals early in the fourth quarter to pull in front of the Colorado Mammoths and held on for a 11-10 win in front of the home crowd of 14,025.  The Rush completed the sweep of the Mammoths.

Division Finals

  • Georgia Swarm defeated Toronto Rock 11-8, 13-9
  • Saskatchewan Rush defeated Colorado Mammoths 18-9, 11-10

Here is the schedule of the Champions Cup final:

  • Game 1 – Sunday, June 4 (5:05 pm ET) Saskatchewan at Georgia
  • Game 2 – Saturday, June 10 (9:30 pm ET) Georgia at Saskatchewan
  • Game 3 – Sunday, June 18 (5:05 pm ET) Saskatchewan at Georgia (if necessary)

In their only meeting of the season, the Swarm defeated the Rush 18-10 at home on January  7th.

The Swarm are appearing in their first final.   The Rush captured the crown last season when they swept the Buffalo Bandits 11-9 and 11-10.

The Swarm, which calls Infinite Energy Center in Duluth near Atlanta home, will be the second Atlanta team this year to play in a championship.