Wings Clipped in New England, 8-7

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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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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