Swarm dominate first half; maintains perfect record in East


Ryan Sharp and the Swarm defense held New York scoreless for the first 36 minutes of the game, jumping out to a league-record 12-0 lead. Minnesota (5-0) hosts Portland (1-4) on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center.
The Minnesota Swarm jumped out to a league-record 12-0 lead before the New York Titans got on the scoreboard, cruising to a 16-8 win in front of 10,204 fans at Xcel Energy Center on Friday.

Goaltender Nick Patterson stopped the first 23 shots he faced before New York's Pat Maddalena scored 36 minutes into the game.

The Swarm led 5-0 after the first quarter and 11-0 at halftime. Mike Hominuck scored at 3:20 of the third quarter to put Minnesota up 12-0, the first time any team has held a 12-0 lead in the 22-year history of the NLL.

New York outscored Minnesota 9-5 in the second half, but the deficit was far too large to overcome.

Mike Hominuck and Ryan Ward scored three goals apiece to lead the Swarm, while Sean Pollock, Chad Culp, Kyle Ross and Andy Secore scored twice. Craig Point and Mark Miyashita added singles for the Swarm.

Patterson (38 saves, 7 goals against) earned the win, while backup Kevin Croswell (1 save, 2 goals against) played the final seven minutes of the game.

Casey Powell and Jordan Hall scored two goals each for the Titans. Matt Vinc (12 saves, 7 goals against) was chased from goal after a quarter and replaced by Erik Miller (24 saves, 9 goals against).

Minnesota (5-0) hosts the Portland LumberJax (1-4) on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center at 4:00 PM EST. New York (1-4) hosts the Buffalo Bandits (3-2) on Sunday at Madison Square Garden at 12:30 PM EST.