Last night, the Philadelphia Wings played a midseason, must-win game against the Buffalo Bandits. In a defensive battle, Philly was able to come out of Buffalo with an exhilarating 7-6 win. Last night’s pivotal win marked the first win over a .500 or higher team for the Wings this season.
Now, the Wings, sitting at 6-3, are eying up first place in the East division. Tonight’s clash against the division-leading New England Black Wolves can tilt the state of the standings. The 5 p.m. matchup is a must-see for all lacrosse fans and can be caught on Bleacher Report Live.
Tale of the Tape:
Philadelphia and New England find themselves evenly matched so far this season. The Wings have played three more games than the Wolves, and have held almost equal success.
Kevin Crowley leads both teams with 45 points (5 PGP) so far this season. On the contrary, Callum Crawford leads in PGP with 6.67 (37 in 6 games). In terms of goaltending, the Wings hold a slight edge. Zach Higgins averages 47 saves pe game, as Jamieson averages 43.67. Higgins has been the staple of this Wings team so far and is allowing only allowing 8.27 goals per game, the lowest among starting goaltenders in the league. Jamieson sits close behind him, with 8.74 goals against.
These two teams are about as evenly matched as we can get, which can be explained by their records.
About a month ago, these two teams squared off in New England for the first of three meetings this season. New England edged out Philly, 8-7, to hold the position of the one seed in the division. During that game, all of Matisz, Vitarelli, Currier, and Hickey were held scoreless, which is an anomaly.
Sunday night’s matchup should be flexed to be the game of the week for the NLL. These two teams are bound to put on a show for lacrosse fans with their competitiveness alone. As a result, this game is going to be tight and will get chippy.
Wings fans should be excited about this one. If there is any game this season that fans should consider paying the three dollar fee to stream the game from BRLive, this is the one.
Assuming all routine players will be suiting up for Philly, this will be the week they breakthrough. Expect excitement to fill Mohegan Sun Arena Sunday night as the Wings take down the Black Wolves, 10-8.
The first seed will soon become the Wings to lose.
Avid Philly fan and future educator
Student at Stockton University