Georgia Swarm Unable To Bounce Back in Double Header Weekend
By Rebecca Washney
DULUTH, Ga.—The Georgia Swarm (3-5) fell to the Rochester Knighthawks 17-10 (3-6) Sunday night after coming off a loss the day before to the Buffalo Bandits.
“It’s just been tough to get into a rhythm,” head coach Ed Comeau said. “We play another one next week, we bounce back, but then follow that with an off week and another back to back.”
The Swarm was unable to redeem themselves after the previous night’s loss, falling to the Knighthawks 17-10.
The game was scoreless for the first five minutes until Knighthawks forward Erin Fannell scored with an assist from Joe Resetarits. Knighthawks forward Josh Currier scored another goal, leading the Swarm 2-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter picked up quicker, with Randy Staats of the Swarm scoring two minutes in, assisted by Lyle Thompson. Knighthawks forward Kyle Jackson scored their third goal, the Swarm quickly following with a goal of their own in the next minute by Bryan Cole, assisted by Jesse King. The Swarm tied it up 4-4 after King scored in the fourth minute of the quarter, assisted by Jerome Thompson.
“It’s about building the board, and there’s a whole lot of season left,” Swarm forward Lyle Thompson said. “I don’t think it’s the back to back games that really affects the team; I think it’s the bye weeks. You know, we sat a bye week, then a game then another by week, that’s almost a month without playing together.”
Georgia briefly took the lead with eight minutes left in the half when Jerome Thompson
snagged a goal, assisted by Shayne Jackson. The Knighthawks tied it up within the next minute with a Cody Jamieson goal, and then took the lead with Jackson, Jamieson, and Fannell scoring a goal each, putting the Knighthawks up by three at halftime.
The Swarm felt the fatigue setting in during the start the second half, allowing three quick goals from the Knighthawks. A goal from Lyle and Matisz each brought the Swarm up to 10-6, leaving them down by four at the end of the third quarter.
The game saw the most points scored in the fourth quarter, with Rochester scoring seven and Georgia scoring four. The goals started with one from Jamieson, followed by another from Jackson.
Zed Williams brought the Swarm up 12-7 with another goal, but the Knighthawks quickly retaliated with a Cory Vitarelli goal. Lyle scored another for the Swarm, assisted by Jackson, and then Rochester scored four goals in quick succession by Kyle Jackson, Quinn Powless, Vitarelli and Austin Shanks, putting the Knighthawks ahead 17-8.
The Swarm rallied for the last five minutes of play with a goal by Miles Thompson assisted by Sellars and ended with a goal in the last five seconds of play by Jerome Thompson, assisted by his brother Lyle.
“We don’t make the schedule; we just got to play the games,” Comeau said. “I think as much as it’s a valid point, we still need to find a way to rise above. We play Toronto next week, it’s a good team playing really well. We’re going to have our work cut out for us.”
The Swarm will play again Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Infinite Energy Arena against Toronto Rock for Country Night featuring artist Scotty McCreery for the halftime and postgame show.