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Rochester Defeats Wings, 12 9

02/08/2003, 10:57am EST
By National Lacrosse League

The Wings controlled the start of the game, but couldn't hold up for four quarters as they fell to Rochester, 12-9, Saturday at the First Union Center in front of 13,707 fans. The Knighthawks, who trailed for most of the game, scored six goals in the final quarter to earn the victory. Philadelphia fell at home for the second straight week after winning Thursday in New Jersey.

The Wings controlled from the start, scoring five unanswered goals to begin the game. Five different players scored for Philadelphia - Jeff Spano, Jeff Ratcliffe, Ryan Traynor, Paul Cantabene and Keith Cromwell. Dan Marohl, playing in his first home game with the Wings, had two assists, while captain Tom Marechek assisted on three of the goals. Rochester finally got on the board at the end of the quarter with goals by Tim Soudan and Cory Bomberry.

Rochester continued its comeback in the second quarter with two power-play goals from Jeremy Hollenbeck and Derek Malawsky. Tom Marechek scored the lone goal for Philadelphia and the Wings were outshot, 19-11.

Philadelphia started the scoring in the second half with a goal by Tony Henderson, but the Wings were shut out for the remainder of the third quarter. Shawn Wilkins netted his first goal of the game and John Grant tallied his first on the power play to draw the Knighthawks within one going into the final quarter.

The Wings opened the scoring in the fourth quarter with Ratcliffe's second goal of the game, but surrendered four straight goals to give up the lead for the first time in the game. Ratcliffe completed the hat trick to pull the Wings within one, but the Knighthawks answered with two more goals to secure the win.

Jeff Ratcliffe led the Wings in scoring with three points (3G). Six other players scored goals for Philadelphia, including Ryan Traynor (1G,1A), Paul Cantabene (1G,1A), Tony Henderson (1G), Keith Cromwell (1G), Tom Marechek (1G,3A) and Jeff Spano (1G,2A).

John Grant led the Knighthawks in scoring with seven points (4G,3A). Six other players scored for Rochester including Jeremy Hollenbeck (2G,2A), Derek Malawsky (2G,4A), Shawn Wilkins (1G), Tim Soudan (1G), Chris Schiller (1G) and Cory Bomberry (1G,3A).

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