[ Story and photos by Rick Pettine ]
January 24, 2020 – PHILADELPHIA — The Wings, Philadelphia’s professional National Lacrosse League team, defeated the NY Riptide 14-6 on Local Heroes Night, a salute to our men and women in the military and first responders.
If you’ve never been to a professional indoor lacrosse game, you owe it to yourself to grab a home game this season. Think of the hard-hitting and fast-paced Flyers without the ice! The NLL ranks third in average attendance for pro indoor sports worldwide, behind only the NHL and NBA, and Philadelphia’s team is stacked with seasoned league leaders in scoring and defense.
The first half had back and forth scoring, and ended all even at 5-5. Assistant Captain Kevin Crowley (21) started off the scoring for the Wings. Later teammates Ryan Wagner (94), Brett Hickey (11), Blaze Riorden (10), and Captain Kiel Matisz (46) added goals. NY’s Fournier (81) and Digby (23), Lomas (4), and Chetner (18) scored for the Riptide.
Philadelphia dominated the second half with strong defense and stellar goaltending from Zach Higgins (31), who stopped 51 shots from the Riptide and only let one goal in the entire half.
Meanwhile Philly’s scoring machine kicked into high gear, and tallied 9 more goals in the second half. The Wings’ scoring came from Cory Vitarelli (23), Hickey, Matt Rambo (1), and Matisz. Hickey led the Wings in scoring for the night with 5 goals, followed by Vitarelli with 3 and Matisz grabbing 2.
View the entire game album below: