Swarm season ends with home playoff loss

The Toronto Rock scored five straight goals in the second quarter en route to a 16-14 victory over the Georgia Swarm in the East Division semifinals of the National Lacrosse League Monday at Infinite Energy Arena.

The playoff loss ends the Swarm’s season at 12-7.

“I don’t think our team and our defense and our offense was at their best, so that was kind of a whole group (thing),” Swarm head coach Ed Comeau said. “I said to the guys after, that’s the lesson in this league. If you want to have success, you’ve got to be at or near your best for a lot of the game, and we weren’t.”

The Rock took a 13-8 lead, their biggest of the game, into the fourth quarter and held off the Swarm late comeback effort in front of an announced crowd of 8,862,

Shayne Jackson led the Swarm with eight points on two goals and six assists. Lyle Thompson added seven points (three goals, four assists) and Randy Staats had six points (three goals, three assists). Goaltender Mike Poulin made 33 saves.

Toronto advances to face the Buffalo Bandits in the East Division finals on Saturday.

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