In a weekend that would determine in the Philadelphia Wings (7-3) were pretenders or contenders, the answer was contenders. After a gritty 7-6 victory over Buffalo, Philly made their way to Uncasville to face the New England Black Wolves (4-2) in an important divisional showdown.
Matt Rambo (6g, 1a) kicked off his most prolific game with two goals within the first 1:29 and Philly was on a roll.
Brett Hickey (3g,3a) and Ryan Wagner (1g) closed the door on the first quarter with the visitors holding a 4-0 lead.
Kevin “Big Cat” Crowley and Hickey set up the white-hot Rambo on a man down to make it a five-goal margin.
Colton Watkinson(1g,1) stopped the uprising when he banged home a Adam Bomberry (1a) feed on another man down situation to the Wolves rolling.
Rambo and Crowley set up Josh Currier (1g, 3a) on the man up to push the Wings lead to 6-1.
New England rolled up their sleeves and went on a five-goal tirade thanks to, Tony Malcolm (1g) Joe Resetarits (4g) and Callum Crawford (3g,3a) that brought the half to a close at 6-4
Jordan Durston (1g,1a)) and a man-up goal from Resetarits knotted things again.
Hickey and Crawford exchanged lamplighters to close the third with a 7-7 deadlock,
Resetarits unlocked the deadlocked contest but, Matt Rambo re locked it. Crowley and Resetarits kept it knotted but changed to score to 9-9.
Hickey and Rambo :21 seconds apart boosted the Wings to a two-goal edge at 11-9.
The goal onslaught continued with Greg Downing (1g) banging a goal thirty seconds later that put New England in an 11-10 hole.
Rambo, Nick Finlay (1g,1a) and team Captain, Kiel Matisz (1g,1a) blew it open before Crawford closed the scoresheet.
Dis and Dat:, Trevor Baptiste was his usual self and went 20 of 29 from the circle.
New England owned the loose ball battle, 77-59 as well as the shots on goal with a 61-48 edge.
Doug Jamieson faced 48 shots stopping 37 and player of the weekend, Zach Higgins kicked out 51 shots.
How good was Higgins this weekend? He turned aside 99 of 111 chances for a 7.3 save average.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.