Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/12/11
The Philadelphia Wings donned pink jerseys in a 16-7 loss to the Buffalo Bandits Saturday night before 9,649 at the Wells Fargo Center as part of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) Cancer Awareness Night. Proceeds from the postgame jersey auction go to the Four Diamonds Fund.
The Wings dropped to 3-4 in a game that featured plenty of post-whistle scrums and one jaw-dropping fight. Early in the fourth, Wings defender Paul Dawson squared off with Buffalo’s Travis Irving and landed a punch square enough to keep Irving down and out for several moments.
Forwards Athan Iannucci (three assists), Drew Westervelt and Alex Turner all recorded two goals each for Philadelphia. Defender Dan Hardy scored once and Brendan Mundorf had four assists while Jeff Reynolds won 11 of 21 face-offs.
A special congratulation goes to Buffalo forward John Tavares on becoming the first player in NLL history to reach 700 career goals. Tavares ended the night with five goals. Bandits forward Chad Culp scored four, Tracey Kelusky had three Mark Stennhuis scored two while Roger Vyse and Brett Bucktooth tallied one a piece.
The Wings will get a quick opportunity for revenge in a rematch against the Bandits in Buffalo next Saturday night at the HSBC Arena at 7:30 p.m. The team returns home to the Wells Fargo Center Saturday, February 26 to take on the division leading Toronto Rock at 8 p.m. The game will be televised in high definition on The Comcast Network.