Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/22/10
From Press Releases
The Philadelphia Wings (5-10) will conclude the 2010 National Lacrosse League season at the Wachovia Center on Friday (7 p.m.) when they host the visiting Orlando Titans (9-5) during “Fan Appreciation Night.”
The Wings will say “thanks” to their fans with numerous giveaways, and a post-game autograph session on the Wings turf.
The first 8,000 fans in attendance will receive a 2010 Team Photo courtesy of Utz,and all fans 18 years of age and older will receive a scratch off ticket from the Pennsylvania Lottery. The Wings will continue giving back throughout the game with several promotional prizes from: The Flyers, 76ers, Walking with Dinosaurs, the Philadelphia Freedoms tennis team, Camden Riversharks, SuperCuts, Happy Tymes Family Fun Center, Utz, Chipotle Mexican Grill, 94.1 WYSP, and Wired 96.5.
On the field, the Wings want to end the season on a positive note and build on their dramatic overtime win in Minnesota last weekend. Assistant captain Geoff Snider, recently named the NLL Transition Player of the Week, also has the opportunity to make history and break his own single season loose ball record of 244. Snider currently sits at 230 loose balls and had 20 last Saturday against the Swarm.
Overall: Orlando leads 6-4
At Philadelphia: Tied 2-2
At Orlando: Orlando leads 4-2
Last Meeting: March 12, 2010; Titans won at the Amway Arena 11-9
About the Titans:
The Titans have clinched the East Division and have won three out of four of their last games. They are eighth in the League on the power play converting 41% on their opportunities, and fifth in the League in killing power plays 58% of the time. The Titans are 4-2 on the road this season.
Casey Powell leads the Titans with 65 points (37G, 28A), which is 20th overall in the NLL. Jordan Hall is behind him with 63 points (15G, 48A), and Pat Maddalena with 57 points (15G, 42A). ). Matt Vinc has played the majority of the minutes in net for Orlando posting a 9.41 goals against average and a .812 save percentage.
About the Wings:
The Wings are currently sixth in the East Division. Philadelphia is ninth in the League on the power play, converting on 30% of their chances. They rank ninth in the NLL in penalty killing with a 52% kill percentage. The Wings are 3-4 at home this season.
Drew Westervelt leads the Wings with 69 points (30G, 39A) which is 16th overall in the league. Kyle Wailes with 60 points (25G, 35A) and Geoff Snider with 40 points (19G, 21A) are second and third on the team in scoring. Wings goalie Brandon Miller continues to be one of the busiest goalies in the NLL having saved 538 shots in his 15 games played.
Wings General Manager and Head Coach David Huntley on ending the season on a good note:
“We play every week whether it’s for pride or it’s your job. I mean everyone has their different reasons for playing and we played well enough to win last game and that’s what we’re going to try to do this weekend, so I’m not a big- play for pride play for your job play for next year, all that kind of stuff. You know we get paid to play games and we get paid to perform well and sometimes it doesn’t work out that way or doesn’t look that way but I think our guys try to get out there and give a good effort every week and we intend to go out and give a good effort this week.”
Orlando Titans Head Coach Ed Comeau on playing two games this weekend and already having clinched the East Division:
“Well I think we’re always, like every team in the league, when you’re playing and playing to win and win, we’re going to look at the roster shuffling over the coarse of the weekend but certainly our focus is on the first game and we think we’re going in with a very good lineup the first night and we’re going to try to get a win. They are coming off a big win last week and I know they’ve got a lot to prove just because we’ve clinched in our division doesn’t really get us to where we want to get to so we’ve got to keep building and hopefully gain some momentum from this weekend.”