The Philadelphia Wings (3-2) went into Uncasville looking to claim first place against the New England Black Wolves (4-0).
An anemic second half which only featured two Philadelphia goals allowed first place to be put on hold when Callum Crawford scored in overtime to snap the Wings mojo at three games.
A tight defensive battle only resulted in a combined three goals in the first quarter which Stephen Leblanc (1g,3a) kicked off when he beat Wings netminder, Zach Higgins with 4:07 played.
Defensive specialist, the Pride of St. Joseph’s University, Anthony Joaquim (1g) converted a transitional set up from Ian Llord to get it even at 1-1.
Game MVP, Callum Crawford (3g) stepped in the spotlight and turned a Brett Manney feed into a goal to close the first stanza at 2-1.
Philadelphia would play their most dominant period of lacrosse in their short history and threw a 4-0 whitewash at New England.
Kevin Crowley (1g,3a), Rookie Alex Pace snagging his first NLL goal, Blaze Riorden (1g.1a) and the affable, Matt Rambo (3g) supplied the offense to push Philadelphia to a 5-2 halftime lead.
Unfortunately for Philly fans, that would be as good as it would get as the Black Wolves stormed back with a three-goal run that encompassed just 2:28 with markers from Crawford, Joe Resetarits (2g) and Tony Malcolm (1g,1a) and we had a new game.
Rambo stopped the deluge at 8:09 before Reilly O’ Connor (1g,1a) got it tied at 6-6.
With 3:57 remaining, Rambo completed his hat trick and sent Philadelphia into the final stanza with a 7-6 lead.
That ultimately was the last hurrah for the Wings on this evening and Joe Resetarits tied things up again at 3:36.
Neither squad could light the lamp and overtime was looming.
And back and forth battle was finally ended when Callum Crawford managed to stay out of the crease and put one behind Wings netminder to put an end to a tense 8-7 contest.
Dis and Dat; Shots favored Philadelphia, 57-55 and loose balls heavily favored The Black Wolves, 76-59 with Philly having the edge from the “X”, 14 of 19.
Attendance was announced at 4084.
By: Kevin Neibauer
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