Georgia Swarm
SportLacrosse
Founded2004
LeagueNational Lacrosse League
DivisionEast
Based inDuluth, Georgia
ArenaGas South Arena
ColorsGold, Blue, White
OwnerJohn and Andy Arlotta
Head coachEd Comeau
General managerJohn Arlotta
Championships(1) 2017
Division titles(2) 2017, 2018
Websitegeorgiaswarm.com

The Georgia Swarm are a box lacrosse team in the East Division of the National Lacrosse League. They have been playing at the 13,000-seat Gas South Arena in Duluth, Georgia since their 2016 season.[1]

Originally formed as the 2002 expansion Montreal Express, the owners of the Minnesota Swarm purchased the inactive Express franchise from the NLL to create the Swarm in 2004. They played at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota from 2004 until 2015.[2] On May 22, 2015, team owner John Arlotta announced that the Xcel Energy Center, home of the Swarm, did not renew the contract for the team.[3] Instead of negotiating for a new lease, the Swarm began looking for potential relocation sites and eventually chose the Atlanta metro area.[1]

In 2017 the Swarm won the NLL championship title against the defending Saskatchewan Rush 2-0 in a best of three series.[4][5]

Current roster

Active (21-man) roster Inactive roster Coaches
Goaltenders
Defensemen
  • 10 Canada Alex Crepinsek
  • 33 United States Matt Dunn
  • 45 Canada Jason Noble (A)
  • 31 United States John Ranagan
  • 13 Canada Connor Sellars
  • 25 Canada Leo Stouros
  • 27 Canada Adam Wiedemann
Forwards
  • 21 Iroquois Brendan Bomberry
  •  9 Canada Holden Cattoni
  • 32 Canada Shayne Jackson (A)
  • 83 Iroquois Randy Staats
  • 22 Iroquois Jerome Thompson
  •  4 Iroquois Lyle Thompson
  •  2 Iroquois Miles Thompson
  •  5 Canada Joel Tinney
Transition
  • 44 Canada Chad Tutton
  • 55 Canada Bryan Cole
  • 24 Canada Jordan MacIntosh (C)
  • 28 Iroquois Zed Williams
Practice Squad
  • 1 Germany Craig Wende
  • 17 Canada Tyler Ferriera
  • 34 Canada Steven Orleman
  • 38 Iroquois LeRoy Halftown
Head Coach
Assistant Coaches
  • Sean Ferris
  • Dan Ladouceur

Legend
  • * Suspended list
  • (C) Captain
  • (A) Alternate captain

Roster updated 2019-07-01
NLL Transactions

Head coaching history

Note: This list does not include coaches from the Minnesota Swarm.

# Name Term Regular Season Playoffs
GC W L W% GC W L W%
1 Ed Comeau 2016- 83 51 33 .614 7 4 3 .571

Awards and honors

Note: This list does not include awards from the Minnesota Swarm Note: Mike Poulin's 2020 Teammate of the year award was a tie with Dan Dawson of the Toronto Rock.

Year Player Award
2016 Randy Staats Rookie of the Year
2017 Lyle Thompson Most Valuable Player
Lyle Thompson Championship Game MVP
Jason Noble Defensive Player of the Year
Jordan Hall Sportsmanship Award
John Arlotta GM of the Year
Ed Comeau Les Bartley Award
Mike Poulin Teammate of the Year
2018 Lyle Thompson Sportsmanship Award
2019 Lyle Thompson Sportsmanship Award
John Ranagan Teammate of the Year
2020 Shayne Jackson Most Valuable Player
Lyle Thompson Sportsmanship Award
Mike Poulin Teammate of the Year

All-time record

Season Division W–L Finish Home Road GF GA Coach Playoffs
2016 Eastern 8–10 3rd 4–5 4–5 238 240 Ed Comeau Lost Division Semi-Final
2017 Eastern 13–5 1st 7–2 6–3 266 213 Ed Comeau Won championship
2018 Eastern 11–7 1st 6–3 5–4 226 215 Ed Comeau Lost Division Final
2019 Eastern 12-6 2nd 7-2 5-4 230 210 Ed Comeau Lost Eastern Division Semi Final
2020 Eastern 7-5 2nd 2-4 5-1 149 126 Ed Comeau No Playoffs Held
Total 5 seasons 51-33   24-12 20–16 960 878    
Playoff Totals 4 Appearances 4-3   2–2 2–1 91 82   1 championship

Playoff results

Season Game Visiting Home
2016 East Division Semi-Final Georgia 13 New England 14 OT
2017 East Division Finals Game 1 Georgia 11 Toronto 8
East Division Finals Game 2 Toronto 9 Georgia 13
NLL Championship Game 1 Saskatchewan 14 Georgia 18
NLL Championship Game 2 Georgia 15 OT Saskatchewan 14
2018 East Division Finals Rochester 9 Georgia 8
2019 East Division Semi-Final Toronto 16 Georgia 14

Draft history

NLL Entry Draft

First Round Selections

References

  1. ^ a b Carroll, Alex (May 29, 2015). "Swarm lacrosse team moving to Atlanta". Star Tribune. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  2. ^ Rand, Michael (May 23, 2015). "Swarm lacrosse will leave Twin Cities market". Star Tribune. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Swarm announce intention to relocate for 2016". NLL.com. May 22, 2015.
  4. ^ Denman, Taylor (December 5, 2017). "Georgia Swarm start NLL Champions Cup defense Friday". Gwinnett Daily Post. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  5. ^ Zerr, Scott (June 11, 2017). "Georgia Swarm Win 2017 Champion's Cup | National Lacrosse League". www.nll.com. Retrieved 12 December 2017.