Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/21/12
Rookie sensation Kevin Crowley scored the game-winner 3:57 into in overtime to lift the Philadelphia Wings to a thrilling 10-9 National Lacrosse League victory over the Washington Stealth tonight at the Wells Fargo Center, evening the Wings’ mark at 1-1.
Crowley, the league’s No. 1 pick, had five goals and one assists and five loose balls. With his six points tonight, Crowley now has an impressive 14 total points (8G, 6A) on the season through two games.
It was a back-and-forth contest all night, with neither team leading by any more than three throughout the entire game. Trailing 6-5, entering the decisive fourth quarter, the Wings came out aggressive as forward Brendan Mundorf (two goals, three assists) lit the lamp twice within the first three minutes and three seconds of the quarter to give the Wings a 7-6 advantage. Drew Westervelt (three goals) added a goal less than a minute later putting the Wings ahead 8-6.
Washington tied the game at 9-9 with just more than three minutes remaining in the game, but the Wings responded in overtime with the deciding goal.
Also playing well for Philadelphia were Dan Dawson with four helpers. Goalie Brandon Miller was a brick wall between the pipes, making several spectacular saves throughout the game and tallying 49 saves.
The Stealth were led by a quartet of three point scorers, including Matt Beers and Cam Sedgwick who score two goals a piece.
After a road game versus the Buffalo Bandits on Friday, January 27, the Wings will return home to Wells Fargo Center to play 2011 NLL Champion Toronto Rock on Saturday, February 4 at 7 p.m.
Transition player Brodie Merrill collected 13 loose balls for the Wings, who got a boost on defense by the addition of Taylor Wray. The first-year St. Joseph’s University coach and former team captain had four loose balls.
Scoring By Period
Washington Stealth 0 3 3 3 0 – 9
Philadelphia Wings 3 0 2 4 1 – 10
Goalies: Brandon Miller (Wings) 47 saves; Tyler Richards (Stealth) 34 saves
1st Quarter Summary
1:18 Philadelphia Wings Kevin Crowley Assists: Paul Dawson WAS 0 – PHI 1
7:02 Philadelphia Wings Kevin Crowley Assists: Mike Hominuck , Ned Crotty WAS 0 – PHI 2
7:10 Philadelphia Wings Kevin Crowley Assists: Brendan Mundorf WAS 0 – PHI 3
2nd Quarter Summary
4:10 Washington Stealth Jeff Zywicki (PP) Assists: Paul Rabil , Rhys Duch WAS 1 – PHI 3
5:23 Washington Stealth Brett Hickey Assists: Cam Sedgwick , Matt Beers WAS 2 – PHI 3
11:15 Washington Stealth Matt Beers Assists: Jeff Moleski , Tyler Richards WAS 3 – PHI 3
3rd Quarter Summary
0:50 Washington Stealth Cam Sedgwick Assists: Cliff Smith , Rhys Duch WAS 4 – PHI 3
2:14 Washington Stealth Curtis Hodgson Assists: Mike Grimes WAS 5 – PHI 3
12:04 Philadelphia Wings Drew Westervelt Assists: Dan Dawson , Pat Heim WAS 5 – PHI 4
12:13 Washington Stealth Paul Rabil Assists: Kyle Hartzell , Bob Snider WAS 6 – PHI 4
13:13 Philadelphia Wings Drew Westervelt Assists: Dan Dawson , Brendan Mundorf WAS 6 – PHI 5
4th Quarter Summary
0:59 Philadelphia Wings Brendan Mundorf Assists: Dan Dawson , Kevin Crowley WAS 6 – PHI 6
3:03 Philadelphia Wings Brendan Mundorf WAS 6 – PHI 7
4:15 Philadelphia Wings Drew Westervelt Assists: Brandon Miller WAS 6 – PHI 8
6:48 Washington Stealth Cam Sedgwick (PP) Assists: Rhys Duch , Jeff Zywicki WAS 7 – PHI 8
7:25 Philadelphia Wings Kevin Crowley (SH) Assists: Steve Holmes WAS 7 – PHI 9
10:19 Washington Stealth Lewis Ratcliff Assists: Kyle Hartzell , Tyler Richards WAS 8 – PHI 9
11:55 Washington Stealth Matt Beers Assists: Tyler Richards WAS 9 – PHI 9
OT1 Quarter Summary
3:27 Philadelphia Wings Kevin Crowley Assists: Dan Dawson , Brendan Mundorf WAS 9 – PHI 10