April 23, 2011

Minnesota's Benesch is NLL Scoring Champion

from press release

Swarm forward Ryan Benesch finished the NLL regular season with a league-high 95 points on 46 goals and 49 assists. He's the league's only player with 45-plus goals and 45-plus assists.

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The National Lacrosse League's (NLL) Minnesota Swarm (8-8) clinched a home playoff game after defeating the Colorado Mammoth (6-10) 12-8 on Treasure Island Field at Xcel Energy Center in front of 9,623 fans during its final regular season game on Saturday night.

After sweeping the regular season series against the Mammoth, Minnesota will now host its first home playoff game since 2008 when it takes on the defending champion Washington Stealth (8-8) in a Divisional Semifinal match up on Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. CDT on Treasure Island Field at Xcel Energy Center.

The Swarm sits at 2-1 against the Steath in regular season play. Minnesota defeated Washington 16-8 on Friday, Jan. 14 in Everett and 11-10 in an overtime victory at home on Saturday, Jan. 29 The Swarm fell to the Stealth in a 16-15 overtime loss at Comcast Arena at Everett on Saturday, April 9 when the two teams last met.

During the Swarm's last trip to the playoffs in 2010, Minnesota fell 14-10 in the first round of playoffs to the Stealth.

Leading the Swarm, Ryan Benesch (3g, 5a) finished the 2011 regular season as the NLL overall points leader with 95 points. He also led the league with 46 goals. He was the only player in the league to record more than 45 goals and assists. Benesch earned the first scoring crown in team history and tallied a career-high in both points and goals.

After trailing the Mammoth 4-2 after the first quarter, Minnesota scored 10 unanswered goals to secure the win.

Forward John Grant (1g, 4a) led Colorado with five points. Goalies Chris Levis and Matt King made a combined 33 saves on 45 shots.

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