Phillylacrosse.com, posted 4/20/08
The largest home crowd in six years watched the host Philadelphia Wings suffer an 11-8 loss to New York Saturday in a key National Lacrosse League contest at the Wachovia Center.
Before a throng of 17,340 fans, the Wings failed to clinch a playoff berth and fell into a three-way tie for second place in the Eastern Division with a 9-6 record. New York and Buffalo are also 9-6 and Minnesota leads the division with a 9-5 record.
The Wings close their regular season next Sunday at Toronto.
“It was a terrific effort by both teams,” said Wings coach Dave Huntley. “We had a good defensive battle, but the Titans were able to convert on more opportunities.”
The Titans led, 5-3, at halftime and then used a 3-0 spurt in the third period to seize an 8-4 lead. The Wings drew within 8-7 on goals by Geoff Snider, Shawn Nadelen and a power-play goal by league record-setter Athan Iannucci, but New York scored three of the final four goals to ice the game.
Iannucci, who last week set the league single-season scoring mark, increased his record to 67 by scoring four goals. A.J. Shannon added a goal and two assists while goaltender Brandon Miller made 43 saves.
The Titans were led by Pat Maddalena, who collected four goals and six assists; and Brendan Mundorf, who had two goals and five assists. Goaltender Matt Vince had 36 saves.