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Notebook: Grant leads Mammoth in NLL regular-season finale

Forward John Grant Jr. finished with three goals and two assists as the visiting Colorado Mammoth defeated the Minnesota Swarm, 16-14, on Saturday night before a season-high announced 12,243 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

The Mammoth (7-9), which led 8-7 at the half, clinched a National Lacrosse League playoff berth earlier in the evening when the Rochester Knighthawks defeated the Bandits in Buffalo. As the No. 4 seed, Colorado will visit the top-seeded Calgary Roughnecks in a semifinal next Saturday at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Grant, who also plays for the Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major Leaue Lacrosse, finished the season second in the league in goals with 43, two behind Rhys Duch of the Washington Stealth. Grant also tied for the league lead in power-play goals (15), was fifth in points (91) and ranked second in shots (180). The Mammoth closed the season with five wins in seven games after a 2-7 start.

More NLL: Despite a combined nine points from former UMBC standouts Drew Westervelt and Brendan Mundorf, the visiting Philadelphia Wings lost to the Stealth, 17-13, in the teams’ regular-season finale before an announced 4,352 at Comcast Arena in Everett, Wash.

At forward, Westervelt (John Carroll) scored a team-high three goals and added an assist, and Mundorf (Mount St. Joseph) scored two goals and tied for the team best with three assist. As the No. 3 seed in the East Division, the Wings (7-9) will visit the Knighthawks in the semifinals.

Forward Kevin Buchanan (Calvert Hall) chipped in a pair of assists for Philadelphia, but transition players Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins) and Kyle Hartzell (Salisbury, Archbishop Curley) were held off the score sheet. The Stealth (9-7) outscored the Wings 6-1 in the second quarter to erase a 5-4 deficit.

Division II college women: Senior midfielder Nicole Ruane (Century) scored five goals and added an assist to lead host Shepherd to a 16-13 win over Chestnut Hill (3-12) on Senior Day. Ruane completes her career as the program’s all-time leader in goals (202), points (266), ground balls (148), draw controls (178) and caused turnovers (90).

Sophomore attacker-midfielder Kelsey Eagan (Sparrows Point) tallied three goals and an assist for the Rams (10-6), while freshman attacker Hunter Morris (Severn) and sophomore attacker Georgia Karr (Liberty) each had two goals and two assists. Sophomore goalie Lily Schmulowitz (Catonsville) recorded 11 saves in the win.

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