MINNESOTA SWARM PLAYERS COOK DINNER FOR FANS
Swarm players served up a full course meal for fans and in the process raised $900 for cancer research
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – On Tuesday evening, Minnesota Swarm players cooked dinner for six lucky fans at their apartment complex in St. Paul.
Swarm fan Sally Zwonitzer and her group won the opportunity to eat with Swarm players through an online auction on mnswarm.com in an effort to raise money for cancer research. In the end, Zwonitzer won the auction for $900 and all of the proceeds went to the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund.
“What an awesome experience,” Zwonitzer said. “We got to hang out with these nine great guys and learn more about them and the Swarm."
The idea to host fans for dinner and raise money for cancer research came from Minnesota’s leading goal scorer Ryan Benesch.
“Cancer is something that has affected pretty much everyone,” Benesch said. “We need to find a cure and every little bit of money we can raise definitely helps out. I also thought it would be a good idea to have some Swarm fans come see Neverland and see what it’s all about.”
Benesch did a majority of the cooking Tuesday evening and together with the help of his teammates, served up a full course meal that included steak, chicken, chili, potatoes, and as Benesch said, “everything you could ever imagine.”
The lead chef even utilized a few of his family’s homemade recipes in the process.
“I made my mom’s cheesy potatoes, and I cooked up my dad’s chili,” Benesch said. “I brought a little bit of flavor from home, and hopefully I did my parents’ food justice.”
When it was time to eat, those in attendance learned quickly that Swarm players could indeed cook up a good meal.
“They did a great job,” Zwonitzer said. “Everything was delicious, and the company was great.
“This is by far the best experience. Obviously we’ve interacted with the guys before, but not on a personal level like this.”
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MINNESOTA SWARM’S JORDAN MACINTOSH COLLECTS ANOTHER PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD
MacIntosh notched a career-high six points in last week’s win against Colorado
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – For the second time in three weeks, Minnesota Swarm T Jordan MacIntosh has been honored as the NLL Transition Player of the Week. MacIntosh earned the award in Week #17 after posting a career-high six points (2g, 4a) and a team-tying high 13 loose balls in the Swarm’s 16-13 win against Colorado. His 13 loose balls helped him set a new team record at 153 on the season.
“It’s great to see Jordan win another player of the week award,” head coachJoe Sullivan said. “He works so hard and he’s so focused. He’s probably tougher on himself than anybody on our team in terms of getting himself prepared and wanting to do better each and every game.”
Minnesota's top draft choice (fourth overall) from 2011 went on to finish the season ranking among the Top 5 leaders in the NLL in loose balls (153) and faceoff wins (151). Offensively, MacIntosh scored a goal in all but one game this season, and surpassed the 50-point mark, becoming the first rookie to do so since Craig Point in 2008. MacIntosh led all 12 Swarm rookies with 51 points (23g, 28a) and also forced 14 turnovers in 16 games. The Oakville, Ontario native became the first Swarm rookie to be named to the All-Star Game in 2012 and also earned the Week #4 Rookie of the Week award.
The Swarm (9-7) head West to face the Colorado Mammoth (11-5) in the opening round of the 2012 NLL Playoffs this Saturday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m. CT. Fans can watch the game on CBS Sports Network at Cork’s Irish Pub in Downtown St. Paul during the Swarm’s official viewing party.
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MINNESOTA SWARM’S FINAL REGULAR SEASON GAME WILL BE BROADCAST NATIONALLY ON CBS SPORTS NETWORK THIS SATURDAY
Saturday’s game will start at 6:30 p.m. CT from Xcel Energy Center to accommodate a national television audience
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – For the second straight season, the National Lacrosse League’s (NLL) Minnesota Swarm will be back in the national spotlight. Minnesota’s (8-7) final regular season game against the Colorado Mammoth (11-4) this Saturday from Treasure Island Field at Xcel Energy Center has been moved up to a 6:30 p.m. CT start time to accommodate a national television audience on CBS Sports Network.
“It’s very important to have live broadcasts of our games in order to continue to grow the popularity of the National Lacrosse League, and we are honored to have the opportunity to be one of the host cities,” Swarm Owner and President John Arlottasaid. “Knowing our fans, they are going to come out loud and excited this Saturday.”
This weekend’s contest kicks off a back-to-back for Minnesota and Colorado. The two teams will meet again the following weekend in Denver during the first round of the NLL Playoffs. The Swarm enters the playoffs as the #3 seed in the West, while the Mammoth hold the #2 seed.
Earlier this year, the NLL reached a two-year agreement with CBS Sports Network to air NLL games during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The 2012 broadcast schedule is comprised of eight games, culminating with the NLL Championship Game. To view the complete league schedule, visit nll.com.
Lower level tickets for this Saturday’s game start as low as $20 and can be purchased by calling 1-888-MN-SWARM or visiting mnswarm.com
CBS Sports Network is seen in 44 million homes and is available to 98 million households across the country. The Network is available through local cable (Comcast Channel 274 and Charter Channel 412) and video providers (Verizon FiOS Channel 94 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 643 and 1643-HD), and nationally via satellite on DirecTV Channel 613 and DISH Network Channel 152. CBS Sports Network is also available in Canada on the following cable providers: Bell ExpressVU, Eastlink, Cogeco Cable, Rogers Cable and Bell Aliant.
For more information and to access the CBS Sports Network channel finder, go towww.cbssportsnetwork.com.
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