Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/31/13
From Press Release
A valiant second-half comeback attempt failed as the Philadelphia Wings fell Saturday night to the host Colorado Mammoth, 10-9, and went 0-2 on a key Western road trip.
The Wings, who lost 20-11 to Minnesota on Friday, fell to 5-7 with four games left in the National Lacrosse League campaign. They are a half game behind the second-place Rochester Knighthawks (5-6) in the East Division standings.
Despite being shut out in the second half, the Mammoth (5-8) used a strong second quarter and held on before a crowd of 15,292 at Pepsi Center on Saturday night.
Down 10-4 at half, Philadelphia rallied in the second half behind Kevin Crowley (four goals) and standout defense.
Jordan McBride led Colorado’s offense with six points (4 goals, two assists). John Grant, Jr. finished with five points (2 goal,s three assists) and surpassed Gary Gait (1,165) for third on the NLL all-time scoring list behind John Tavares (1,627) and Colin Doyle (1,260). Grant came into tonight’s game at 1,163, eclipsing the mark in the second quarter on an assist to McBride.
The Mammoth opened the game with three goals in the first five minutes, including two power plays, before going cold the remainder of the quarter. Philadelphia would respond with a three-goal run of their own to tie the game heading into the second quarter, but their sticks would yield silent in the following minutes.
Colorado amped up their offense in the second frame tallying seven goals to Philadelphia’s one. McBride would be responsible for three in the quarter, with single scores from Grant, Casey Powell, Joey Cupido and Adam Jones. Despite the impressive fifteen minutes, it would be the final time the Mammoth would get one past Miller.
But three goals between Crowley and Kevin Ross helped inch the Wings back from the brink, while they defensively kept Colorado’s shooters off the board, making it a two-goal contest going into the fourth.
Both teams had opportunities at even strength and on the power play, but Philadelphia remained resilient. With less than a minute to play, Drew Westervelt brought his team to within one. On the ensuing possession, the Wings took to full flight on a last chance opportunity. But the Mammoth defense was able to strip the ball, gain possession and call timeout to kill the final seconds.
Brandon Miller returned to action in the goal for Philly after serving a one game suspension, stopping 40 of 50 and playing lights out against Colorado in the second half.
Brendan Mundorf returned for the Wings this weekend after a long rehab from torn tendons in his ankle and had three goals and three assists in the two games.
Now with a roster back to full strength, Philadelphia travels to Rochester for their third road game in a row, looking to get another step closer to punching their postseason ticket, live on CBS Sports Network at 6 p.m. ET on April 6.