DULUTH, Ga. (December 4, 2021) – The Georgia Swarm fell to the Colorado Mammoth, 16-11, in the team’s return to Harrah’s Cherokee Resort and Casino Field at Gas South Arena after a 21-month hiatus.
2020 NLL MVP Shayne Jackson amassed his 600th career point after recording a hat trick and two assists. Jackson opened the game with a goal after finding the back of the net in the first 57 seconds of the game to give the Swarm their only lead of the game.
Tanner Buck scored his first professional goal in the fourth frame as Connor Kirst dished out his first NLL assist to Bryan Cole late in the third quarter and Vaughn Harris tallied his first Georgia Swarm goal.
After drawing first blood, the visiting Mammoth scored five uncontested goals until Lyle Thompson snuck his shot and hit paydirt past the Mammoth’s backline. The Swarm registered two more goals courtesy of Brendan Bomberry and Cole to pull the Swarm to within two goals at halftime.
Jackson’s 600th career point and third of the day made it a one-point Swarm deficit in the third quarter, while Cole and Jordan Hall also found the back of the net in the third frame. The Swarm’s Achilles heel was their inability to capitalize on just one power play during Colorado’s eight penalties on the night.
The Swarm went on a three-goal streak in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Mammoth’s potent offense and the 42 saves of Colorado netminder Dillon Ward.
Georgia begins its four-game away stretch on Sunday, December 12 when they take on the New York Riptide. To watch, tune in at 3PM on ESPN+.