By Rachel Villari | 2/24/14 3:40 PM
This weekend the National Lacrosse League hosted three games in which victories were pulled from thin margins and tremendous come-from-behind efforts.
The Minnesota Swarm played their first of back-to-back road games against the Toronto Rock, unable to clinch a win despite an eight-goal charge in the fourth quarter, ultimately falling 12-14. Ohio Machine’s Logan Schuss and Kiel Matisz led the final offensive assault, Schuss with a goal and five assists, and Matisz with two goals of his own.
The Swarm were victorious the next day when they visited the Philadelphia Wings, triumphing by a single point, 15-14. In another come from behind win, Ohio Machine powerhouses Schuss and Matisz turned it on in the second half of the game, Schuss finding the back of the net five times and recording two helpers, while Matisz scored an additional two of his own. Their efforts were enormous considering Florida Launch’s Kevin Crowley was the Wings’ leading runner with a total of 10 points (two goals and eight assists). His MLL teammate Garrett Thul helped offensively with two goals, and Rochester Rattlers partners Joel White and John Ranagan each scored a point, as well. However, their contributions fell just short of a victory against the late blooming Swarm.
The Calgary Roughnecks were able to smooth out the Rochester Knighthawks’ early domination in another come-from-behind win late in the fourth quarter. The Roughnecks took the lead with ten minutes left in the game and were able to hold on to it for a 15-14 victory. Florida Launch’s Stephen Keogh and Cody Jamieson set the pace for the tight-scoring game. Keogh notched three goals and three assists and Jamieson scored two of his own, assisted five others, and drew 56.5% of his faceoffs.