After a three-game road trip, the Georgia Swarm (3-4) returned home to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Field at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, GA on February 14th for a disappointing loss to the Buffalo Bandits with a final score 21-14. The Valentine’s Day game, attended by about 5,000 fans, keeps the Bandits (4-2) in second in the Eastern division, while the Swarm remain in fourth.
The Bandits gained a huge lead by scoring 9 points in the second quarter leaving the Swarm to head into halftime down by 7 points. Although the Swarm pushed hard to rally back in the third quarter with several high energy plays, they were never able to recover. The Bandits forward #92 Dhane Smith, was named the game's 1st Star after he ruled the field and walked away with the game high of 13 points- 5 goals and 8 assists. Swarm’s left shooter #93 Johnny Powless, was named the game's 3rd Star after leading the Swarm with 4 goals and 4 assists and exciting the audience when he scored the Power Play in the third quarter.
Powless shared his thoughts with ICTMN about the loss. “You know I think as a team we were a little bit flat, especially in the second we were really out scored by a lot of goals. The second half was a lot better so I think if we could start like that maybe I could play a full 60 minutes of lacrosse I think that we will have a better result than today”.
Powless added that the team will focus on how to improve for the next game against the Bandits and he is hopeful for a win. Georgia will play Buffalo again in their next game Feb 20th at 7:30pm at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY. Check out the extended photo gallery here!
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The Georgia Swarm 3-4) returned home to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Field at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, GA on February 14th for a disappointing loss to the Buffalo Bandits with a final score 21-14.
While this was not a high scoring game for the Tewaaraton awarded Thompson brothers, they each were able to do their part to get on the scoreboard. Rookie Lyle Thompson (Onondaga) scored one goal in the second quarter and provided two assists while his brother #2 Miles Thompson, brought in a third quarter goal for the Swarm. Rookie Randy Staats (Mohawk) was also able to get on the board producing a third quarter goal and two assists.
Regardless of a win or loss, fans still were eager to get autographs and meet a few of the team members after the game.
Two Swarm players are currently ranked in the top ten for NLL league leaders, both from Six Nations, Ontario. Forward Randy Staats holds the number 10 rank and fellow teammate forward Johnny Powless (Mohawk) is ranked no. 6. Before joining the Georgia Swarm, twenty-three year old Powless, previously played three years with the Rochester Knighthawks and one year with the Vancouver Stealth.
The Swarm will again head out for a three-game road trip, competing against Buffalo, New England and Saskatchewan. After that, they will enjoy home-field advantage for the next five games..