The Swarm's late-season winning streak has extended into the National Lacrosse League playoffs.
Ryan Benesch had three goals and four assists as the Swarm defeated the Colorado Mammoth 14-10 on Saturday night in the West Division semifinals at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
The Swarm (10-7) ended the regular season with a four-game winning streak, including a 16-13 victory over Colorado on April 28 at Xcel Energy Center. Now, after beating the second-seeded team in the West for the second game in a row, No. 3 seed Minnesota is a victory away from a berth in the Champion's Cup.
The Swarm never had advanced past the first round in any of its five previous NLL playoff appearances. Callum Crawford had a goal and four assists, and Jay Card had two goals and two assists for the Swarm, which led 5-2 after one quarter.
The Swarm overcame four-second half goals by 2012 League MVP John Grant Jr., who finished with five goals and two assists for the Mammoth (11-6) after finishing the regular season with a single-season record 116 points.
Gophers fall to Penn State at Target Field
Steven Hill pitched into the eighth inning as the Penn State baseball team recorded its second consecutive victory over the Gophers, this one 5-1 at Target Field on Saturday, a game that was delayed three hours by rain.
The game was the Gophers' only one at Target Field this year, and it was played before 3,521, their largest crowd of the season. Target Field served as the Gophers' home for Big Ten games in 2011 after the Metrodome roof collapse.
Penn State (24-22, 10-7 Big Ten) scored three second-inning runs off DJ Snelten, who dropped to 4-3 this season for the Gophers (27-22, 9-8).
Dan Olinger drove in the Gophers' run with an eighth-inning single, his team-leading 28th RBI this season.
The Gophers play their season home finale Sunday at the Metrodome.
The Gophers softball team hit five home runs between two games to reach a team single-season record 51, beating visiting Purdue 5-3 and 5-2 on a rainy Saturday. The Gophers (30-19, 9-11 Big Ten) posted back-to-back 30-victory seasons for the first time since 2003 and '04.
St. Thomas clinched its third consecutive MIAC softball postseason tournament, beating Gustavus Adolphus 8-0 in five innings in Shoreview to clinch a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.
Regular-season champion Carleton beat host Gustavus 5-3 to win the MIAC women's tennis playoffs, the first time in the six-year history of the event the Gusties did not win the title.