Swarm individual player milestones achieved in 2018-19
April 23, 2019By: Ty Merrow
While the rest of the 2018-19 NLL regular season winds down this upcoming weekend, the Georgia Swarm get to enjoy a bye week before their fourth-consecutive return to the postseason. The Swarm clinched the second seed in the East Division with a 12-6 record, their third season with double digits in wins.
As with every season, a number of players either set or surpassed new personal records and milestones over the last five months. Let’s take a look at the personal records for the Swarm players in 2018-19:
#1 – CRAIG WENDE
Played in his first-ever NLL game against the Philadelphia Wings on April 20.
#2 – MILES THOMPSON
Recorded his 100th career goal, 100th career assist, and 200th career point in the Swarm’s home opener against New England on Dec. 15.
#4 – LYLE THOMPSON
The 2017 NLL MVP surpassed 100 points for the second time in his four-year career, finishing with 105 (43G, 62A). With his 43 goals, Lyle has posted a third-straight season with 40+ goals. Lyle surpassed 200 career assists on April 12 against Calgary and eclipsed 300 career points on Jan. 27 against Saskatchewan. The University of Albany alum led the Swarm in goals, assists and points for the second time in his career and finished second on the team in loose balls (94) and caused turnovers (16). His .196 S% is a new career high.
#HumpDayJumpDay | Photo Credit: Kyle Hess
#9 – HOLDEN CATTONI
In his first season with the Swarm, Cattoni set new career highs in assists (53) and points (80). The Johns Hopkins University alum surpassed 100 career assists with the three he handed out on March 15 against Rochester.
#10 – ALEX CREPINSEK
Crepinsek finished his sixth NLL season as the only Swarm player to post a perfect shooting percentage after netting his only shot on goal all season, a shorthanded marker against San Diego on April 5. He scooped up his 500th career loose ball during the March 22 game against Toronto.
#21 – BRENDAN BOMBERRY
The No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 NLL Entry Draft made his presence known on the floor with his hat trick against Vancouver on Jan. 5, netting his first goal, hat trick and game-winning goal all in the same game.
Charged up | Photo Credit: Kyle Hess
#24 – JORDAN MACINTOSH
MacIntosh became the seventh player in NLL history to surpass 1500 career faceoff wins, doing so on March 9 against Buffalo after going 10-for-19 at the draw. The Swarm captain also set a new Swarm franchise record for fastest goal scored in franchise history, scoring in the first nine seconds against Toronto on March 22.
#27 – ADAM WIEDEMANN
Despite being a rookie, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NLL Entry Draft finished third on the Swarm in loose balls (91), behind MacIntosh and Lyle. The Belmont Abbey College Alum scored his first NLL goal and set a personal best in single-game points with four points (1G, 3A) against Toronto on Dec. 28.
#29 – KEVIN ORLEMAN
The 22-year-old played his first-ever NLL game on Feb. 2 against Rochester, earning his first NLL win.
#30 – MIKE POULIN
Recorded his 5000th career save on Feb. 16 in Colorado, and his 621 season saves moved his career total to 5236, seventh most all-time. Also moved into seventh all-time in career goalie minutes played that same night, finishing with 899:32 min. in net and an 11-4 record. His 10.94 GAA is the second-best of his career and his .791 SV% is the highest he’s produced (minimum 500 min. played). On March 22 against Toronto, held the visiting team to five goals and posted a .904 SV%; both became new career bests for the 14-year netminder.
Padding the save stat | Photo Credit: Kyle Hess
#32 – Shayne Jackson
Netted his 200th career goal on March 2 against Rochester, his 300th career assist on April 5 against San Diego, and his 500th career point against Rochester on March 15. The Limestone College alum netted 30+ goals for the fifth-straight season and surpassed 80 points for the fourth-straight season.
#45 – JASON NOBLE
Noble played in his 100th career NLL game against his brother Jeremy and Colorado on Feb. 16. The Cornell University alum led the team in caused turnovers with 22 and had an 11-game streak where he caused at least a turnover.
#55 – BRYAN COLE
The third-year transition player set new personal bests in goals (10), assists (14) and points (24). Cole also posted a .250 S% for the second-consecutive season. Netted his first career hat trick on March 2 against Rochester.
#83 – RANDY STAATS
The Syracuse University alum established a new career-high in points after recording 96 in 17 games – a better pace than the 95 he scored in 18 games during his record-setting rookie season. His 59 assists matches the career-high he posted in 2016, and his 37 goals are a new career-high. Staats recorded his 200th career assist during the April 5 game against San Diego and surpassed 300 career points on Feb. 16 against Colorado, reaching that milestone in just 58 games.
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