By Anthony Caruso
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/27/14
There are many question marks for the Philadelphia Wings this off-season.
The Wings finished a disappointing 6-12 season Saturday night with a 13-12 loss to the Colorado Mammoth at the Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia failed to make the playoffs and will need to look closely at its roster.
The Wings struggled at home this season, winning just two games. Last season, they went 4-4 at the Wells Fargo Center en route to a 7-9 season.
“We’re appreciative of them (the fans) coming out,” said Wings head coach Blaine Harrison.
One of the roster questions will be about the future of Garrett Thul, who completed his rookie campaign with three goals Saturday. Besides being a lacrosse player, he’s an U.S. Infantry Officer in the Army.
“There’s a lot of questions whether I’ll be back here next year,” Thul said. “Obviously, if I have the opportunity to play, I’ll be here. It’s all a matter of my schedule and whether I can balance the tough demands. To be honest, my lacrosse career takes a back seat to my service to this country.”
Kyle Buchanan also chipped in a hat trick in the losing effort. Pat Saunders and Jordan Hall scored two goals each, while Bill McGlone (Ridley) and Kevin Crowley scored just once each.
On the season, Thul scored 10 of his goals at home, and finished with 21 goals and 12 assists for 33 points. He had two hat tricks in the final five weeks of the season.
The Wings suffered their third one-goal loss of the season, with a loss in the finale, and they could only muster one win when the game came down to a goal.
Eight of their losses this season came within a five goal difference.
“That’s been a tale of our season,” said Wings head coach Blaine Harrison. “We’ll have to evaluate things and figure it out. As coaches, our jobs are on the line. We’ll see where we’ll go from here.”
Harrison liked what he saw from Thul and John Ranagan this season.
“It’s very encouraging,” said Harrison. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to put together more pieces in the draft, or through the free agent camp. Things work when you get the right chemistry.
“We’re going to look for righty/lefty offensive guys. We have some guys that are pretty long in the tooth, who may or may not be back next year. We have to solidify the right and left side.”
One bright spot in the Wings final game was McGlone. He was placed on the active roster near the end of March, but he wasn’t able to play until last night.
“It was a little strange going out,” he said. “It’s the first time in nearly two years that I got to be out there. It was a bit emotional for me, as this has been a long road back.
“I hung through the tough times, and I’m honored to be out there. I went out there and tried to do my best.”