By Rachel Villari | 4/28/14 12:00 PM
The final week in the National Lacrosse League regular season saw both highs and lows as the Edmonton Rush finish atop the League with 220 goals for and an enviable 88% winning percentage while the Minnesota Swarm finished at the bottom, losing their final game to the Toronto Rock in one of the lowest scoring games all season.
The Rush took their final game 10-5 over the Vancouver Stealth, solidifying their 16-2 record and their first place standing in the League. Florida Launch’s Jeremy Thompson was a force to be reckoned with at the ‘X’, claiming 78.9% of his faceoffs.
Unfortunately for the Stealth, who had the second game of a final back-to-back weekend to redeem themselves, they were unable to close out the season with a win, falling to the Calgary Roughnecks 14-8. Charlotte Hounds’ midfielder Geoff Snider wore many hats in the Roughnecks’ victory, scraping 52.2% of his faceoffs, collecting nine loose balls, and scoring a goal and an assist.
Despite not having offensive powerhouses John Grant, Jr. of the Denver Outlaws and Drew Westervelt of the Chesapeake Bayhawks, the Colorado Mammoth were still able to secure a win over the Philadelphia Wings 13-12, albeit marginally. The Wings battled back with a hat trick from Florida Launch’s Garrett Thul, and a goal and six assists from his MLL teammate Kevin Crowley. Rochester Rattlers defenseman Joel White collected six groundballs, helping out tremendously in possession, although to no avail.
The Buffalo Bandits gave it their all during their last home game of the season against the Rochester Knighthawks, but were unable to come from behind and take the lead, finally falling 16-14. Rochester’s offense was led by Florida Launch teammates Cody Jamieson and Stephen Keogh, who netted two goals and eight assists and a hat trick and two assists respectively, earning the first and third Stars of the Game.
In one of the lowest games of the regular season, the Toronto Rock took the lead over the Swarm just two minutes into the game and never relinquished control winning the game 8-6. Despite monumental offensive efforts from Ohio Machine’s Logan Schuss, who netted two goals and three assists, earning himself the runner leader of the game, and collecting four loose balls, Minnesota was just unable to turn the game around.