Philadelphia Wings forward Tom Marachek grew up in the shadow of two of lacrosse's greatest players.
Marachek, a Victoria, B.C., native, played Junior A lacrosse with twins Paul and Gary Gait on the Esquimalt Legion, winning the Minto Cup in 1988.
Growing up in the shadows of two of the game's greatest allowed this star to develop without the spotlight focused on him.
Since his move to the indoor league over 10 years ago, Marachek has turned into a star - and he's one reason the lacrosse has soared in popularity in Philadelphia. He has 299 goals in 106 games, and will almost certainly score
his 300th career goal in Ottawa.
Famous for the Tommy Twister - an exciting reverse-over-the-shoulder shot - Marachek is a dangerous right-hand shooter and will give the Rebel trouble in the Feb. 15 matchup at Ottawa's Civic Centre. He currently leads the team in scoring with 28 points. Forwards Paul Cantabene and Jeff Ratcliffe are also gifted offensive threats.
Philadelphia (2-4) has owned the Rebel (3-4) in past seasons. The Wings, with only 6 Canadian players, beat Ottawa 19-17 last year in Philadelphia.
Ottawa leading scorers Kevin Howard (27 points, 16G, 11A), Jason Clark (25 points, 12G, 13A) and Mat Giles (22 points, 14G, 8A) will have their work cut out for in facing Wings all-star goalkeeper Dallas Eliuk. The Wings shooters may also be guessing with Ottawa boasting the solid tandem of Matt Disher and Andrew Leyshon in between the pipes.
Dan Marohl, who was released by the Rebel earlier this season, will make his return to the nation's capital in a Wings uniform. Former Rebel Andrew Guindon will also return to Ottawa.
Game time is 3:30 p.m. at Ottawa's Civic Centre on Bank Street.