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Wings Hold Off Saints In Home Opener

01/18/2002, 11:11am EST
By National Lacrosse League

The Philadelphia Wings avenged last weeks loss to New York and won their home opener with a 11-10 victory against New York Friday at the First Union Center in front of 14, 013 fans. Kevin Finneran, Tom Marechek and Jeff Ratcliffe all scored hat tricks to lead the Wings offense.

"It was a great win," said Wings' coach Adam Mueller. "Defensively, we came out with intensity all four quarters. We held them to 10 goals and that was the difference from last week. We were 1-3 coming into the home opener and we needed it. If we had lost this one at home, with the crowd and all the noise here and support, it would have been tough to get up tomorrow morning."

The Wings dominated in the first quarter, scoring three unanswered goals. Ratcliffe netted two goals and Finneran added another on a two-on-one situation. The Philadelphia defense shut out New York, allowing just six shots, while the offense took 15 shots.

Philadelphia continued its attack in the second quarter, opening with a Marechek goal. After being shut out for over 22 minutes, New York netted its first goal on a shot by Kris Bryde. The Wings answered with Marechek's second goal of the quarter. Ratcliffe completed the hat trick two minutes later, but the Saints rounded out the scoring with a John Rosa goal to make the score 6-2, Philadelphia, going into the locker rooms.

Marechek started the second half by completing the hat trick, but Bryde answered with his second and third goals of the night to close the gap. Roy Colsey added the Saints' third straight goal with a shot from the point. Marechek and Colsey traded goals to end the quarter, with an 8-6 score with one quarter remaining.

The Saints continued to rally in the final quarter, with two goals from Prout, a goal by Josh Black and Ramar Clash's first NLL goal. Finneran completed the hat trick with two goals in under a minute and Mark Millon scored his first goal of the night to keep the Wings in the lead.

Marechek led the Wings in scoring with six points (4G,2A). Three other players scored goals for Philadelphia, including Finneran (3G,2A), Millon (1G,1A) and Ratcliffe (3G).

Bryde led the Saints in scoring with five points (3G,2A). Five other players scored for New York, including Colsey (2G), Gavin Prout (1G,3A), Rosa (1G,2A), Ramar Clash (1G) and Josh Black (1G).

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