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New Faces Lead Wings Over New Jersey

12/14/2002, 12:53pm EST
By National Lacrosse League

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ - The Philadelphia Wings scored 13 first half goals on Saturday afternoon en route to a 16-7 victory over the New Jersey Storm in a pre-season scrimmage at The Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ. Paul Cantabene scored the game-winner halfway through the second quarter, giving the Wings an 8-2 lead and putting them up for good.

Dallas Squire led New Jersey with three assists. Storm newcomer Mike Benedict had a pair of goals, and Gordon Purdie played well, winning 14 of 23 face-offs and notching a goal and an assist. New Jersey played without key contributors Scott Stewart, Billy LeFeuvre, Cory Leigh, and goaltender Matt Roik.

?This game was very helpful,? explained Jim Brady, Head Coach and General Manager of the Storm. ?We got a real feel for our players, because in a tough game players have to produce.?

The first woman to ever play in an NLL game, Ginny Capicchioni, allowed nine goals against a charging Philadelphia offense in the first half. However, she returned and played well in the fourth quarter, holding the Wings to only one goal in the last ten minutes. Capicchioni tallied ten saves in 33 minutes of action.

Two sophomores who saw limited action for Philadelphia last season Matt Striebel (4G, 1 A) and Tony Henderson (1 G, 3 A) led the Wings. Philadelphia veterans Tom Marachek (1G, 3A) and Paul Cantebene (2G, 1A) also played well.

New Jersey, (1-1) this pre-season, plays its final warmup against the New York Saints next Saturday at the Saints? practice facility on Eastern Long Island.

Last season, the expansion Storm won four of its last six contests to finish at (5-11). The team averaged nearly 6,000 fans per home game at the Continental Airlines Arena. The Storm will open this season on the road versus the Rochester Knighthawks on Saturday, December 28 at 7:35 p.m. The team opens at home on Saturday, January 4 vs. Columbus at 7:30 p.m. Ticket plans are on sale now by calling 1-866-NJ STORM. Individual game tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster locations and the Arena box office, by calling 201-507-8900, or by logging on to Ticketmaster.com.

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