Wings Get Wildcard with Overtime Thriller

Kevin M. Neibauer.

LaxPhilly– A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network.

The Wings get a wildcard with an overtime thriller. To keep playoff hopes alive, the Philadelphia Wings (9-9) went to overtime to Best the Georgia Swarm (9-9), 11-10, to keep playoff hopes alive.

The National Lacrosse League had a muddled playoff picture heading into the final week of the regular season. Three teams were hunting for the last two spots in the East Divisions. The Philadelphia Wings and the Georgia Swarm were two of the candidates. Wings Captain, Kiel Matisz showed why he is their leader with a six assist night to drive Philadelphia to the cusp of a playoff seat. Coupled with an Albany Fire Wolves win, the victory propelled each team to the postseason.

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To the Game

Ben McIntosh (3g,1a) pushed Philly in front with helpers from Kevin Crowley and Matisz. Brendan Bomberry (2g,2a) had an answer a minute twenty later converting a Miles Thompson and Stephan LeBlanc set up. Jordan MacIntosh (2g) flipped the lead the Georgia way with help from Jordan Hall and Shayne Jackson at 5:16. Philadelphia has a Jackson, and Kyle Jackson (1g,4a) buried a setup from Matisz and Matt Rambo (1a). The Georgia Jackson was the catalyst on a power-play goal from Bomberry that ended the opening stanza with Georgia Swarming, 3-2.

To the Second

Another man-up marker, this one from Jordan Hall (1g,4a) with help from Lyle Thompson padded the Georgia lead to 4-2. Philly fired back with Corey Small (3g,1a) at 3:24 on another man-up marker with help from Kevin Crowley, and Matisz Crowley and Jackson would be the catalysts for McIntosh a minute a half later to get the contest even at 4-4.

Jordan MacIntosh was less than impressed and gratefully received and converted a pass around from Lyle Thompson and Bomberry to put Georgia back in front at the 11:55 mark. Matisz and Small countered with a pretty man-up set up that Ben McIntosh buried. Lyle Thompson and LeBlanc worked the ball to Jackson to end the half with a 6-5 Georgia advantage .

Third

Lyle Thompson (2g,3a) kicked off the second half with markers at 3:37 and 4:06 boosting the Swarm to a three-goal advantage, 8-5. Philly FOGO, Trevor Baptiste cleanly won the ensuing face-off with Ryan Wagner (1g), cutting it back to a two edge just seven seconds later. The Wagner goal kick-started a Wings run with Kevin Crowley (1g,4a), Crowley setting up Small to tie it at 8-8 after three quarters.

Fourth

The Philly Phlurry continued with Small (4:58) and Blaze Riorden (2g), potting Jackson and Matisz that put Philly in front, 10-8. LeBlanc cut the lead in half with a minute four to go followed by Villanova product, TJ Comizio beating Wings netminder, Zach Higgins with :48 to play. Neither team could get the difference-maker, so the extra time they would go. Philadelphia started short-handed, but goaltender Higgins outlet Blaze Riorden ended the first part of the Wings playoff puzzle.

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Suppose you haven’t figured it out. For Philadelphia to qualify for the postseason, it was not a “win and in”. The second part of the equation was an Albany win ..check. Shots were heavily one-sided, 63-43 for Georgia. Higgins stopped 53 for Philly with the ageless, Mike Poulin stopping 32 for the Swarm. Face-offs went, as usual, the Wing’s way, 20 of 25 with Trevor Baptiste going 19 of 24 while collecting 12 loose balls. Wings Punch Playoff Ticket. The Wings get a wildcard with an overtime thriller.

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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