The Albany FireWolves (6-8) were defeated by the Georgia Swarm (7-6), 15-12, at the MVP Arena in Albany on Saturday evening. The FireWolves controlled the game’s first three quarters, but Georgia’s eight goals in the fourth propelled them to a road victory that had major playoff implications. Full statistics from the game can be found here.
The loss kept Albany in the fifth place in the Eastern Division, one spot behind the Swarm. If the season ended today, Albany would be in the playoffs as the fifth team in the East and be moved into the Western Division’s side of the bracket as the fourth seed because they are ahead of the Panther City Lacrosse Club who holds a 5-8 record in the West.
|SCORE BY QUARTER
Per usual, Joe Resetarits led the way for the FireWolves offense with 6 total points on 3 goals and 3 assists on the evening. On the season, Resetarits leads the league with 82 points. His 36 goals rank second in the NLL, while he sits in third overall with 46 assists. Both Jacob Ruest (2 goals and 2 assists) and Reilly O’Connor (4 assists) each tallied 4 total points in the game. Andrew Kew (2 goals and 1 assist) and Ryan Benesch (3 assists) added 3 total points. So far, Benesch ranks fifth in the league with 69 total points and fourth overall with 44 assists. Jackson Nishimura (2 goals) and Charlie Kitchen (1 goal and 1 assist) each added 2 total points in the game. Tony Malcom, Colton Watkinson, Jordan Durston, and Joe Nardella rounded out the FireWolves scoring with 1 point each.
Goaltender Doug Jamieson was a wall throughout the game’s first three quarters, allowing just 7 goals in the first 45 minutes of action. The goalie recorded 33 saves, bringing his total to a league-best 543 saves on the year. The Swarm took just 1 more shot on goal than the FireWolves.
Nardella was completely dominant at the faceoff dot, going 24 for 31. On the season, Nardella has won the most total faceoffs in the league, going 244 of 341 thus far. His faceoff win-rate is 71.6 percent, topping the league among those who have taken more than one faceoff.
Defensively, Nishimura led the FireWolves with 10 loose ball recoveries. Nishimura also caused 1 turnover in the game. Malcom added 7 loose balls recoveries and caused 3 turnovers. Watkinson also recovered 7 loose balls and blocked 1 shot on the night. Adam Bomberry caused 2 turnovers and scooped up 4 loose balls. Brett Manney, Mike Byrne, and Adrian Sorichetti each caused 1 turnover on the evening.
Albany was 0 for 2 on power plays but scored 1 short-handed goal by Nishimura. The Swarm were able to score a goal on 2 out of 3 power play situations.
The FireWolves are back on the road against the New York Riptide on Saturday, March 26. The game is at 7 p.m. at the Nassau Live Center in Long Island and can be watched on ESPN+ and My4 Albany. This will be the first of two regular season matchups between the FireWolves and Riptide.
Fans can secure their tickets for the next FireWolves home game now! For more information regarding tickets, visit www.AlbanyFireWolves.com or call/text the FireWolves front office at 518-362-4900.
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About Albany FireWolves
The Albany FireWolves is the Capital Region’s very own Professional Box Lacrosse team, playing in the National Lacrosse League out of the MVP Arena in downtown Albany, NY. For more information, contact the Albany FireWolves Front Office at (518) 362-4900 or visit AlbanyFireWolves.com. Follow the team on Facebook at facebook.com/AlbFireWolves, Twitter @AlbFireWolves, and Instagram @AlbFireWolves.
About the National Lacrosse League
The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America’s premier professional lacrosse league. Founded in 1986, the NLL ranks third in average attendance for pro indoor sports worldwide, behind only the NHL and NBA. The League is comprised of 15 franchises across the United States and Canada: Albany FireWolves, Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, Halifax Thunderbirds, Las Vegas NLL, New York Riptide, Panther City Lacrosse Club (TX), Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock, and Vancouver Warriors.
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About MVP Arena
MVP Arena is a full-service entertainment and sports facility featuring a wide variety of family shows, sporting events, trade shows and concerts. Owned by Albany County and managed by ASM Global, MVP Arena opened in 1990 and is home to the Albany FireWolves of the National Lacrosse League, the Albany Empire of the National Arena League and the Division I Men’s College Basketball Siena Saints. For more information, please visit www.mvparena.com.
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