Wings Clipped by Georgia,12-6

Philadelphia Wings (0-1) opened their 2019-20 National Lacrosse League season in Duluth, Georgia against the stacked Georgia Swarm (2-0).

The teams were scoreless until Bryan Cole (1g,1a) put one by Wings netminder, Zach Higgins at the 7:20 mark. The goal was scored on the man advantage.

Newly acquired, Cory Vitarelli (1g) evened the score at 1-1 and that seemed to wake Georgia up.

Georgia Swarmed and Randy Staats (1g,4a) converted a pretty set up from Lyle Thompson and former Wing, Jordan Hall before Shayne Jackson (3g,1a) scored with just :27 left to close the opening quarter with Georgia buzzing, 3-1.

Philadelphia was back on their heels and was helpless when Lyle Thompson (4g,2a) flexed his muscles and potted a pair.

Jackson and Randy Staats set up the first of two consecutive Thompson goals at the 1:32 mark before Thompson added another power-play goal to push it to a 5-1 advantage at 6:03.

Kevin Crowley (2g,2a) 5:03 later, stopped the run and it to a three-game game.

A minute fifty-four later, Matt Rambo (1g) got things interesting with Philadelphia scratching their way back and trailing, 5-3.

With :57 remaining in the half, Jordan Hall (1g, 4a) converted a man advantage set up from Staats and Lyle Thompson to close the half with a 6-3 home team lead.

Shayne Jackson nailed a pair just fifty-nine seconds apart and Georgia seemed to be in control with a five-goal lead at 8-3.

Once again, Crowley stepped up when he converted a transition goal started by Steph Charbonneau (1a) and Kiel Matisz.

Lyle Thompson countered with help from Staats and Hall to take things to the final quarter and Philly facing a big uphill battle, trailing, 9-4.

Georgia seemingly blew the game open with Staats and Hall assisting on a Miles Thompson (1g) tally at 3:45 and Lyle Thompson lighting the lamp again at 8:24.

Feeling a sense of urgency, Philadelphia got back in the game with Brett Hickey (1g,1a) and Matisz (1g, 3a) hitting the net just twenty-one seconds apart to draw the visitors close at 11-6.

The Wings rally was snuffed out when Adam Weidemann beat Philly net-minder Zach Higgins to push it to the 12-6 final.

Dis and Dat: Zach Higgins turned aside 35 of 47 shots but was outdone by counterpart, Mike Poulin who made 42 saves on the 48 shots he saw.

Philadelphia had the statistical edge in all categories despite the loss.

By: Kevin Neibauer

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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