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2017 NLL Finals

Discussion in 'NLL News and Rumors' started by Vin, Jun 4, 2017.

  1. dougm

    dougm Well-Known Member

    shades of cornell when all max seibald had to was lob it 50 yards for an ncaa championship.
  2. Gravedigger

    Gravedigger Member

    There's a very recent and very obvious football analogy actually:
  3. Vin

    Vin Well-Known Member

    Wow. Keenan will remember that bad decision on his deathbed.
    Although, honestly, I think the Rush would have lost Game 3.
    There just seemed to be destiny for the Swarm this year like the Mets in 1986.
    Had Buckner gotten the ball, it wouldn't have been destiny.
  4. swami24

    swami24 Well-Known Member

  5. roadrunner

    roadrunner Member

    But Corbeil will remember bumbled catch into eternity.
  6. BanditsRock11

    BanditsRock11 Well-Known Member

    Sweet a team with no fans wins the title that everyone forgot about because it's almost July and there were full weeks off. How exciting for the league!
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  7. Mr Boo

    Mr Boo Well-Known Member

    Actually, he says it's something they practice and have done many times before, and he'd do it again. A number of other guys, including Lyle Thompson, have also said it was the right play, just badly executed. Funny to see how much Keenan has done for the Rush over the past few years, and people want him fired over one of his players missing a pass.
  8. Vin

    Vin Well-Known Member

    How the AJC covered it.... I don't know if it is in the print version of the paper...

    Georgia Swarm wins first Champion’s Cup, third Atlanta title
    By Gabriel Burns - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    The Georgia Swarm celebrate winning the National Lacrosse League championship Saturday night in the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on Saturday night. Miles Thompson scored the game-winner in overtime for a 15-14 victory over the Saskatchewan Rush as the Swarm took the best-of-three series 2-0. (PHOTO CREDIT: Josh Schaefer/GetMyPhoto.ca)
    Updated: 2:04 p.m. Sunday, June 11, 2017 | Posted: 10:17 a.m. Sunday, June 11, 2017

    Recently relocated to a city where championships have been historically elusive, the Georgia Swarm didn’t waste much time flipping the script.

    In just its second season in town, the Swarm delivered Atlanta a title.

    The Swarm won the National Lacrosse League champion late Saturday night, defeating the two-time defending champion Saskatchewan Rush 15-14 in overtime of Game 2 at SaskTel Centre. The Swarm took Game 1 18-14 in Duluth on June 4.

    “Organizations win,” Swarm Co-Owner and President Andy Arlotta said via press release. “This has been a long time in the making and we stuck to our plan. We’ve gone through a lot of difficult times to get here. It’s nice to see these guys that have been with us continue to have faith in what we were doing. It’s a dream come true. I’m so happy for my dad and the organization.”

    The Swarm completes its season at 17-5 with the Champion’s Cup sweep.

    “It was pretty exciting,” Swarm coach Ed Comeau said. “We were right there, but they were good. They played hard, our guys played hard. It was awesome. … We knew they weren’t going to go away and we knew how hard they play and how well they prepared.”

    Miles Thompson scored the game-winner, taking a one-handed pass from brother Lyle Thompson after he drew a defensive double-team and whipping a shot past Rush goalie Aaron Bold.

    NLL commissioner Nick Sakiewicz announced postgame that Lyle Thompson was voted Champion’s Cup MVP. Thompson scored 12 points in two games.

    The Swarm came out firing. Randy Staats opened the game with a goal in the first minute. That was a good omen; the Swarm is 5-1 when he scores first.

    It led 3-0 after three minutes of play, but that lead shrunk to 7-6 at halftime. The Rush took its first lead in the fourth period, reeling off four-straight goals for a 12-10 advantage with 11:24 left in regulation. The Swarm responded with three consecutive goals of its own but Saskatchewan’s Jeremy Thompson evened the score again.

    Adam Jones put the Rush up 14-13 in the late going and with 42 seconds remaining, the Swarm pulled Poulin for an extra attacker. The Rush regained possession and pulled Bold, hoping an extra man would help them keep the ball but the decision came back to haunt Saskatchewan.

    The Swarm took possession on a errant pass. Joel White passed to Lyle for the winning attempt and then rebounded Lyle’s miss for the game-tying goal with three seconds left.

    “We actually practiced that this morning,” Comeau said. “We had a plan for it. Now obviously our plan didn’t involve them missing a pass, but we had a plan to get the ball in the air and get it out of the guy’s stick.”

    Miles Thompson’s game-winner came at 1:17 into the extra period

    “I was going to go set a pick for Lyle, but he went over the top, and he drew two guys, which was my defender and his defender,” Miles said. “So he turned back towards me. I just started running down. He one-handed a pass to me and all I saw was goal-side top corner. So that’s what I shot, and after I shot that, I don’t know what happened. It’s crazy.”

    Staats and Shayne Jackson had seven points apiece. Mike Poulin made 48 saves on 62 shots, just enough to cling to a win.

    The franchise was founded as the Minnesota Swarm, playing in St. Paul from 2004-2015. It’s the team’s first title in 13 years.

    The title is the third in Atlanta pro sports history, following the Atlanta Chiefs’ NASL championship in 1968 and the Atlanta Braves’ World Series win in 1995.
  9. Vin

    Vin Well-Known Member

    How the Gwinnett Daily Post covered it...


    Georgia Swarm win Champions Cup 15-14 in overtime
    Georgia Swarm forwards Miles Thompson (2), Lyle Thompson (4), Randy Staats (83) and Shayne Jackson (32) celebrate a goal against the Saskatchewan Rush on Saturday in the NLL Champions Cup in Saskatoon, Sask. (Photo: Josh Schaefer)

    After an improbable goal in the final seconds of regulation, the Georgia Swarm had perhaps their most probable outcome in overtime of Game 2 of the NLL Champions Cup as the Thompson brothers delivered the game-winner for a 15-14 victory and the franchise’s first championship.

    Lyle Thompson’s assist to his brother Miles Thompson 1:17 into sudden death overtime gave Georgia the Champions Cup series victory over the two-time defending champion Saskatchewan Rush at Saktel Centre on Saturday night.

    Lyle was named Champions Cup MVP after scoring three goals with four assists. Miles finished with two goals and an assist.

    On the game-winning goal Lyle Thompson moved to his left to draw in two Rush defenders and as soon as they collapsed he flipped it underhanded to Miles Thompson who put it home.

    “If you watch my college highlights (at Albany) you’ll see that pass to Miles a lot,” Lyle said. “It was just a crazy series of events at the end of the game.”


    Crazy might have been an understatement. Leading 14-13 with just 10 seconds left the Rush had the ball coming out of a timeout on Georgia’s end of the floor. But Chris Corbeil was unable to handle a bounce pass in a six-on-six situation with both goalies out of the net and Lyle Thompson and Joel White double-teaming him.

    Georgia picked up the loose ball with six seconds left on the clock and Lyle Thompson shot toward Saskatchewan’s empty net. But the presumed league MVP was denied as his oldest brother, Jeremy Thompson, was able to dive in and block the shot for the Rush.

    Fortunately for the Swarm, White was able to snag the rebound out of the air and put home the game-tying shot with just two seconds left on the clock. It was his only shot of the night.

    Last edited: Jun 11, 2017
  10. swami24

    swami24 Well-Known Member

    Great on field championship photo, this is why we love our players, league wide. Commitment, effort, and true pride when they win
  11. unspoken

    unspoken Member

    A few overly vocal idiots want him fired. Most people get it once it's explained to them why Bold was pulled.
  12. swami24

    swami24 Well-Known Member

    Get it, as in agree with a stupid decison?
  13. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

    Well that suspension sucked as much as Keenan's play call
  14. Vin

    Vin Well-Known Member


    Georgia led 7-6 at the half behind four first-half goals by Randy Staats, two from Lyle Thompson and Johnny Powless.

    Georgia pushed the lead to two goals in the third quarter, but Saskatchewan opened the fourth with four straight goals, bookended by scores from Robert Church.

    The Swarm came right back with goals by Jordan Hall, Lyle Thompson and Shayne Jackson to take a 13-12 lead with 2:44 remaining in the game. Jackson’s goal was his first of the night, to go with six assists.

    The pendulum swung back in the home team’s favor seconds later on goals from Jeremy Thompson and Adam Jones for a 14-13 lead before White’s wild goal tied the game.

    In overtime Jeremy Thompson won his 19th faceoff the night (he was 19 of 28 on the night with a goal and an assist) to give the Rush the first possession in sudden death. Poulin came up with his 48th save of the night on Curtis Knight’s shot.

    After Jackson’s shot was stopped by Aaron Bold for his 37th save, Staats was brought down from behind to keep the ball with Georgia and set up Miles Thompson’s game-winner.

    Church led the Rush with four goals and assist, as Saskatchewan actually out-shot the Swarm 62-53. Jones and Ben McIntosh had three goals apiece, while Ryan Keenan had two for the Rush.

    Powless finished with five points on two goals and three assists. Jordan Hall had two goals and Kiel Matisz had five assists. Poulin finished with 48 saves and an assist in his first Champions Cup victory.


    • At just 24, Georgia Swarm forward Johnny Powless has already won four NLL Champions Cups with Saturday’s victory.

    • All four Thompson brothers now have NLL Championships. Jerome was the lone Thompson brother inactive for the Champions Cup Series.

    • The overtime game in the Champions Cup was the first since 1995.

    • After struggling with special teams in Game 1, Georgia was 2-for-2 on its power play Saturday and the Rush were just 1-for-3.
    I understand and remember Shanny defending it, but, with 3 seconds left and in their end..... That play cost them a Championship.
  15. Vin

    Vin Well-Known Member

    In his defense, it takes two to make a pass and the throw was far from ideal.
  16. Vin

    Vin Well-Known Member

    More good "swarmth" from the local media...


    Georgia Swarm: All Hail Your 2017 NLL Champion’s Cup Winners!

    by W. M. Lawson18 hours agoFollow @thestrongsauce

    The Georgia Swarm won the National Lacrosse League’s Champion’s Cup late last night, and did so in dramatic fashion.

    Yesterday was a big day for the Atlanta sports scene. The Braves hosted a double-header at Suntrust Park. Atlanta United FC tried to right the recent wrongs on the road. But it was the Georgia Swarm, a recent transplant team to the area, that was playing for a title. They won.

    Naturally, professional lacrosse isn’t going to get the pub or the love that other national sports get. But when one looks at what the Swarm did this year, it is difficult not to take notice of how special a season it was. Records were broken and hardware was won.
    In short, the Swarm dominated the 2016-2017 NLL season. They finished the regular season 13-5, leading their conference, and then proceeded to go undefeated in the playoffs. In that undefeated record was a two game sweep of the two-time defending champion Saskatchewan.
    Have you ever seen that movie “Slap Shot”; the Paul Newman hockey film from the 1970s (if you are offended easily don’t do it…and also get some counseling.)? If you have, then you are familiar with the Hanson Brothers. This team had a similar type thing going.
    Lyle Thompson was the MVP of the Champion’s Cup series. He was the best player in the league all year. His brother, Miles Thompson, scored the overtime winner last night to secure the championship. Randy Staats also had a big time 2017 playoffs. The entire team played well, but those dudes balled out.
    I got some grief from some the Atlanta Blaze folks for this article a couple of weeks ago. And, yes, we love all of our teams equally in Atlanta, but I stand by it. Chances are the Georgia Swarm is the most exciting team from our area that most have never heard of.
    So, congratulations to the Georgia Swarm. An amazing season ended last night with an amazing last second goal in regular time and then an overtime goal, on the road, to secure their first ever championship.
    They represented our city and state well, and secured a place in professional lacrosse history. It doesn’t get much better than that. And we salute y’all. The NLL Champion.
  17. Gravedigger

    Gravedigger Member

    Yeah it's stupid. Everyone makes mistakes, and Keenan has done enough good for the Rush franchise to make up for this blunder and more. The world class team was still assembled by him and will likely be a contender next year, Matthews, Church, McIntosh, Rubisch, Corbeil, Mydske, Dilks, Cornwall etc aren't going anywhere, and players like Messenger, Keenan, and Hossack will likely continue to improve. Besides, with the way Bold was playing, the the Swarm would've scored anyway.
  18. RockyMaivia

    RockyMaivia Active Member

    The Ardmore Aardvark says welcome back, big guy.
  19. Vin

    Vin Well-Known Member


    Brothers on Swarm become local heroes by bringing championship to Atlanta
    Alec McQuade, WXIA 3:56 PM. EDT June 11, 2017


    SASKATCHEWAN -- The Thompson brothers are to thank for Atlanta finally getting another professional championship.

    The Georgia Swarm swept Saskatchewan by winning game two of the Champion's Cup 15-14 in overtime to win the team's first lacrosse championship.

    Miles Thompson received a pass from younger brother Lyle Thompson who escaped the defense to shoot past goaltender Aaron Bold and score the winning goal in sudden death.

    The goal that won the #NLL Champion's Cup for the @georgiaswarmlax courtesy of @miles2thompson! #ChampionsCup #Swarming pic.twitter.com/P072DaBARk

    — NLL (@NLL) June 11, 2017
    Teammates threw their sticks in the air as the team mobbed the Thompson brothers to celebrate, much to the displeasure of the Saskatchewan crowd at SaskTel Centre on Saturday.

    “It was pretty exciting,” Swarm head coach Ed Comeau said to the team's official site after hoisting the Cup. "We knew they weren’t going to go away, and we knew how hard they play and how well they prepared. At this level, when the stakes are this high, there’s no quit in anyone right until the very end."

    Trailing late in the game, Joel White passed to Lyle, and his shot was off the mark. White got the rebound and put the ball in the back of the net to tie the game at 14 with three seconds left to force overtime.

    “We actually practiced that this morning,” Comeau said. “We had a plan for it. Now obviously our plan didn’t involve them missing a pass, but we had a plan to get the ball in the air and get it out of the guy’s stick.”

    Lyle finished with seven points, three goals and four assists. He was named the MVP of the Champion's Cup Series. Mike Poulin made 48 saves on 62 shots in front of the net.

    The Swarm won the cup in just their second season playing in Atlanta. They moved from Minnesota in 2015 and were founded in 2004.

    They finish the season 13-5, and took the Cup away from Saskatchewan who were the two-time defending champions.

    “Organizations win,” Swarm Co-Owner and President Andy Arlotta said to the team's website. “This has been a long time in the making, and we stuck to our plan. We’ve gone through a lot of difficult times to get here. It’s nice to see these guys that have been with us continue to have faith in what we were doing. It’s a dream come true. I’m so happy for my dad and the organization.”

    The Swarm bring Atlanta its first professional championship since the Atlanta Braves won the World Series in 1995.

    for the 1st time since i was like 4-5 months old ATLANTA HAS WON A CHAMPIONSHIP
    — Swarm Bomber (@B17Fortres) June 11, 2017

    The City of Atlanta now has a Championship. Congratulations and a big thank you to @GeorgiaSwarmLAX for winning the @NLL Cup.
    — Thomas Channell (@TChannell_4L) June 11, 2017

    .@SaskRushLAX Jeremy Thompson hugs his brother Miles Thompson (who scored the Swarm Championship goal) #NLL #ChampionsCuo pic.twitter.com/cz40umIsRg
    — Moses Woldu (@MosesWolduCTV) June 11, 2017
  20. Vin

    Vin Well-Known Member

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