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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
6:00 pm ET
Wings
Thunderbirds
Sat, Dec 3
5:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rock
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Bandits
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
Seals
Riptide
Sat, Dec 3
8:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
Sat, Dec 3
8:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Sat, Dec 10
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Knighthawks
Sat, Dec 10
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Roughnecks
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Fri, Dec 16
10:30 pm ET
Panther City
Desert Dogs
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Swarm
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
FireWolves
Sat, Dec 17
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Riptide
Sat, Dec 17
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Dec 30
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Dec 31
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Rush
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
10:30 pm ET
Wings
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Swarm
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Knighthawks
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
FireWolves
Sat, Jan 7
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Riptide
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Warriors
Seals
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
6:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 13
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rock
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Wings
Sat, Jan 14
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Bandits
Sat, Jan 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 14
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Warriors
Sun, Jan 15
3:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Riptide
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Knighthawks
Fri, Jan 20
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
FireWolves
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 27
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Wings
Sat, Jan 28
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Riptide
Sat, Jan 28
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Rush
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Rock
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 28
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
9:00 pm ET
Swarm
Mammoth
Sat, Feb 4
6:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Thunderbirds
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Rock
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Wings
Sat, Feb 4
7:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Bandits
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Seals
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Warriors
Sat, Feb 4
10:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Desert Dogs
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Swarm
Fri, Feb 10
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Sat, Feb 11
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 11
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Feb 11
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
9:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Roughnecks
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Rock
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
FireWolves
Sat, Feb 18
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Bandits
Sat, Feb 18
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
1:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Mammoth
Fri, Feb 24
10:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Desert Dogs
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Swarm
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 25
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
6:30 pm ET
Bandits
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 4
11:30 am ET
Riptide
Wings
Sat, Mar 4
4:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Rock
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 4
8:00 pm ET
Rush
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Mar 10
9:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Mar 11
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Rock
Sat, Mar 11
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Riptide
Sat, Mar 11
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Rush
Sat, Mar 11
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sun, Mar 12
4:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Fri, Mar 17
10:00 pm ET
Seals
Warriors
Sat, Mar 18
11:00 am ET
Swarm
Wings
Sat, Mar 18
6:00 pm ET
Rock
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Bandits
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Mar 18
8:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
3:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Wings
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Rock
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 25
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Riptide
Sat, Mar 25
9:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Rush
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Bandits
Seals
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Warriors
Sat, Mar 25
10:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Desert Dogs
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Swarm
Fri, Mar 31
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Mammoth
Fri, Mar 31
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Seals
Sat, Apr 1
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Apr 1
8:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
Sun, Apr 2
1:00 pm ET
Swarm
Thunderbirds
Sun, Apr 2
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Wings
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
Rush
Swarm
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Roughnecks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Warriors
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 8
10:30 pm ET
Seals
Desert Dogs
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Roughnecks
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Rock
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 15
7:30 pm ET
Riptide
Bandits
Sat, Apr 15
9:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rush
Sat, Apr 15
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
8:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
6:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
Sat, Apr 22
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 22
8:00 pm ET
Rock
Bandits
Sat, Apr 22
9:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
Sat, Apr 22
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sun, Apr 23
3:00 pm ET
Wings
FireWolves
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Swarm
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Seals
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Riptide
Warriors
Sat, Apr 29
10:30 pm ET
Rush
Desert Dogs
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Wings Must Get ‘Uncomfortable’ As They Settle In For 4-Game Homestand

After an overtime loss in Toronto earlier this month, Philadelphia looks to exact revenge and turn its season around

PHILADELPHIA — The first three adjectives Paul Day used to describe his team during the preseason were young, aggressive and fast. Now, as the Wings’ approach the middle third of their 18-game schedule, it appears the head coach/general manager was not bluffing. Philadelphia has played its best lacrosse when its fresh legs had some extra juice after halftime.

 

But as the Wings (0-5) kick off a crucial four-game homestand at the Wells Fargo Center  — one that concludes with a home-and-home weekend against New England — speed can not help them outrun the facts. They are a rookie-laden team aiming to shake loose of a winless start to its inaugural season. With each passing game, the chance to revive playoff hope dwindles.

 

So, ahead of Saturday’s 7pm ET rematch with Toronto (4-1), Kiel Matisz issued a challenge. The Wings’ captain does not want to sugarcoat reality. He wants his teammates to face the facts.

 

“We can’t be comfortable in this scenario,” Matisz told NLL.com in a phone call this week. “We have to be uncomfortable in order to improve, because 0-5 is kind of uncomfortable.”

 

The task of leading an incubating Wings team is in some ways not that different from Matisz’s day job as a district sales manager for Frito Lay. Just as he might check in with his associates during a workday, he’s almost constantly communicating with teammates during a gameweek. He calls each one at least once every two weeks. That’s about 12 calls a week. For 20 or 30 minutes, they talk about what the team could do better. They discuss how the player could improve. They share what matters off the floor, too, and for Matisz that most recently includes his eight-month-old son.

 

This week, Matisz took the discomfort associated with the bottom of the standings and applied it to everything a player must do to ready himself before the team reconvenes for Friday’s practice. That player’s training must push him out of a comfort zone, because if he’s comfortable with where Philadelphia stands as a team, “there’s something wrong,” Matisz said.

 

“I want to know what you’re doing to get us better,” Matisz said. “…It’s, ‘What are you doing and how passionately are you doing it?’

 

Matisz’ sense of urgency is one that came from the top down. Day no longer wants the Wings to just play fast. He wants them to do everything fast. Philadelphia will practice and warm up with pace and purpose. Quicker preparation, quicker start once the game-clock is on, Day hopes. If the alterations produce, the Wings could snip at the slow starts that have forced them to attempt epic comebacks nearly every week. They have been outscored 20-7 in first quarters. Every week, Matisz feels that an extra quarter would grant them enough time to earn a victory.

 

“It seems,” Day said, ”that we’re a team that needs to be punched in the face and be behind the eight ball to actually play well.”

 

The one time the Wings didn’t trail after the opening period? Earlier this month against Saturday’s foe, the Rock. The two teams entered the second quarter tied at one goal apiece. As a close contest played out, neither side led by more than three. The Wings lost their eventual advantage during the final minute of regulation and fell in overtime.

 

“That was our best consistent effort,” Day said. “We had pretty much 58, 59 consistent minutes. It really shows that it takes a full 60 minutes, or your best game, to compete in this league.”

 

It was the best defensive showing of the season for a Wings’ unit bolstered last week by the acquisition of veteran defenseman Eric Shewell. But a repeat performance will require betterment against Toronto’s top offensive trio. Tom Schriber and Adam Jones netted five goals each. Rob Hellyer dished three assists. More consistent goaltending, Day said, will help combat those “world-class players;” Although Wings goalie Doug Buchan had 51 saves that game, his teammate Davide DiRuscio owns slight edge in save percentage this season.

 

Shore up those issues and Philadelphia has some things working in its favor. Rookie transition Trevor Baptiste, at 96-for-142 (67.6 percent), quickly became the league’s premier faceoff presence. Kevin Crowley, acquired the morning after the Wings left Toronto, put in five goals in two games. But he needs help. All seven forwards who see the floor this weekend, Day said, must to score.

 

Maybe more desperately, the Wings crave production on the power play, during which they have scored at an 11.8-percent clip (2-for-17). No NLL team this year has fared worse in man-up situations. On his conference call this week, Day even joked about declining penalties as if his team was playing football.

 

“We’re not happy with our results,” he later said more seriously, “but we’re encouraged by our efforts and our resiliency.”

 

The Wings have not yet imploded despite the struggles. They lost a key offensive piece to injury and made a trade to fill the void. They have played awful first quarters but salvaged second halves. And although he’s felt tension during times of adversity with other teams, Matisz said this group reacts differently. Maybe it’s youth. Maybe it’s talent. Maybe it’s character. Just don’t confuse the lack of chaos with a sense of comfort, because there is no room for such a feeling in Philadelphia right now.

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