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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
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Vancouver
8
Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
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San Diego
15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
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Albany
11
Buffalo
10
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Rochester
16
Georgia
11
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Colorado
6
Saskatchewan
18
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Sat, Dec 10
19:00:00
Toronto
Rochester
Sat, Dec 10
21:30:00
Vancouver
Calgary
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Fri, Dec 16
22:30:00
Panther City
Las Vegas
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Rochester
Albany
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Georgia
Sat, Dec 17
19:30:00
Halifax
New York
Sat, Dec 17
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Dec 30
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Dec 31
21:00:00
Panther City
Saskatchewan
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
22:30:00
Philadelphia
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Panther City
Rochester
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Halifax
Albany
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Buffalo
Georgia
Sat, Jan 7
19:30:00
Toronto
New York
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Vancouver
San Diego
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
18:30:00
Albany
Halifax
Fri, Jan 13
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Colorado
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Halifax
Toronto
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Panther City
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 14
19:30:00
Georgia
Buffalo
Sat, Jan 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Jan 14
22:00:00
Las Vegas
Vancouver
Sun, Jan 15
15:00:00
Rochester
New York
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
19:30:00
Buffalo
Rochester
Fri, Jan 20
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
New York
Albany
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
18:00:00
Rochester
Halifax
Fri, Jan 27
19:00:00
Buffalo
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 28
19:30:00
Buffalo
New York
Sat, Jan 28
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Saskatchewan
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
Toronto
Calgary
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Jan 28
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
21:00:00
Georgia
Colorado
Sat, Feb 4
18:00:00
Calgary
Halifax
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
New York
Toronto
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
Albany
Philadelphia
Sat, Feb 4
19:30:00
Rochester
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Panther City
San Diego
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 4
22:30:00
Colorado
Las Vegas
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
19:30:00
Toronto
Georgia
Fri, Feb 10
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Sat, Feb 11
19:00:00
Halifax
Rochester
Sat, Feb 11
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Feb 11
20:00:00
Vancouver
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
21:00:00
Colorado
Calgary
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Georgia
Toronto
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Las Vegas
Albany
Sat, Feb 18
19:30:00
Philadelphia
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 18
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
13:00:00
New York
Halifax
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
21:00:00
Panther City
Colorado
Fri, Feb 24
22:30:00
Calgary
Las Vegas
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
New York
Rochester
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
Albany
Georgia
Sat, Feb 25
20:00:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
18:30:00
Buffalo
Halifax
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 4
16:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Rochester
Toronto
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Mar 4
20:00:00
Saskatchewan
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Mar 10
21:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Mar 11
19:00:00
Albany
Toronto
Sat, Mar 11
19:30:00
Philadelphia
New York
Sat, Mar 11
20:30:00
San Diego
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 11
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sun, Mar 12
16:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Fri, Mar 17
22:00:00
San Diego
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 18
11:00:00
Georgia
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 18
18:00:00
Toronto
Halifax
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Colorado
Buffalo
Sat, Mar 18
20:00:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
20:30:00
San Diego
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Toronto
Albany
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Halifax
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 25
19:30:00
Georgia
New York
Sat, Mar 25
21:30:00
Calgary
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Buffalo
San Diego
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Colorado
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 25
22:30:00
Rochester
Las Vegas
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
20:00:00
New York
Georgia
Fri, Mar 31
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Colorado
Fri, Mar 31
22:00:00
Calgary
San Diego
Sat, Apr 1
19:00:00
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Toronto
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20:00:00
Albany
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
21:30:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
Sun, Apr 2
13:00:00
Georgia
Halifax
Sun, Apr 2
18:00:00
Rochester
Philadelphia
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Albany
Rochester
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Saskatchewan
Georgia
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Panther City
Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Vancouver
Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
San Diego
Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Colorado
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
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Albany
Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
Halifax
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
Calgary
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
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Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
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Albany
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Buffalo
Albany
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Halifax
Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
Colorado
San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
New York
Vancouver
Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
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Wings Seek 1st Win With ‘Big Cat’ Back

With Kevin Crowley aboard, Philadelphia looks to jumpstart inaugural campaign against Swarm

PHILADELPHIA — The Wings departed Toronto a week ago with an overtime loss and the only winless record in the eastern division. They had wasted a 51-save outing from a rookie goalkeeper. One of their top offensive threats hobbled out of Scotiabank Arena on crutches.
After a road trip that head coach/general manager Paul Day went on to call “heartbreaking,” his team needed a pick-me-up.

 

Philadelphia did not have to wait long. The next morning, Kevin Crowley’s phone rang. Before hopping out of his car to run his youth team’s Saturday morning practice, last season’s NLL scoring champ got the news he never expected. More than seven years after the old Wings franchise spent the entry draft’s first overall pick on him, Crowley was coming home.

 

“My heart was pounding,” Crowley said during an introductory conference call this week.

 

The Wings surrendered first-round selections in both the 2019 and 2022 entry drafts to land Crowley. While New England will have to wait months and then years to see those returns materialize, Philadelphia will waste no time in showing off its new toy. Do not expect Crowley to be eased into things when the Wings (0-3) welcome the Georgia Swarm (3-0) to the Wells Fargo Center at 7 p.m. ET Saturday. His coach has already anointed him the “quarterback” of the Wings’ offense.

 

“You can bet you’ll see him the first shift of the night,” Day said.

 

Crowley’s return to Philadelphia marked the culmination of months of dialogue between Day and Black Wolves GM Rich Lisk. When the new league year began and the Wings were officially in business, a conversation with Lisk was one of Day’s first priorities. The discussion lingered through the fall and as Crowley’s holdout with New England prolonged, it became clear that he was never going to wear a Black Wolves jersey again.

 

The Wings, lacking a lead offensive piece, matched up well. Season-ending surgery on forward Brett Hickey’s broken right foot added a sense of urgency. And although their first victory narrowly escaped them the night before, Day said he would have pulled the trigger on the deal even if his team had a couple of wins. The trade, he thought, was fair for both sides.

 

To give up two first-round picks is no small offering, especially for a roster that is feeling out the growing pains of an expansion team. But Day had reasons as to why the hefty price for Crowley was worth it. The upcoming draft class, in his eyes, is not particularly strong. A first-round draft slot can be re-acquired by 2022. And with Crowley around to mold a team with several productive rookies, Day sees his group as one that can grow together as the Wings develop their young franchise. Talks with Crowley’s agent have begun, the hope being to get the 30-year-old forward inked to a deal that will keep him in charcoal and gold for years.

 

“We don’t see [signing Crowley to a long-term contract] being a problem,” Day said. “I’d like to have him here as long as he can play the game.”

Crowley would like the same. He has lived in Philadelphia since entering the league. He coaches basketball and lacrosse at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, just a few miles west of the city. His company, Fusion Lacrosse, is based here.

 

He used to worry about tripping on the lip of the floor out of the tunnel. Now, matured into one of the league’s most recognizable faces and owner a 51-goal season, the “Big Cat” is looking forward to reconnecting with the fans who made that nervous kid feel at home seven years ago.

 

“I’ve played on countless teams in different leagues now,” Crowley said, “and there’s not another city that has done that for me like Philadelphia has.”

 

Crowley grew up with Wings assistant captain Jordan Hall outside of Vancouver. He played with forward Matt Rambo in the MLL last summer and with Dylan Evans for the Black Wolves last year. Wings assistant coach Tracey Kelusky led the offense in New England and brought the same system with him when he joined Day’s staff. Familiarity with both the personnel and playbook should ease Crowley’s acclimation to his new club.

 

But nothing can negate the fact that Crowley has not appeared in live action so far this season. He has “watched more lacrosse than [he] ever [has] in [his] years” and remained a “student of the game” by observing how goalies and defenders oppose right-handed threats like himself. He’s reviewed Wings film to get to know his teammates before their first practice together on Friday. He’s kept his cardio up and stayed on the weights. But “you really can’t simulate what a box lacrosse game workout is like,” Crowley said.

 

His opponent, meanwhile, enters with a perfect 3-0 record. Led by 30 combined points between Lyle Thompson and Randy Staats and anchored around Mike Poulin’s .797 save percentage, the Swarm have eked out close wins at Toronto and against Vancouver after a convincing defeat of New England in Week 1.

 

“I think they do everything really, really well,” Day said. “One thing we’re going to have to do is we’re going to have to outwork them.”

 

That is the task ahead of the Wings if they want to secure their first win. They’ll likely have a strong crowd behind them, because the U.S. Lacrosse Convention in center city Philadelphia could push attendance for Saturday’s game beyond the 11,000 on hand for last month’s home opener. With No. 21 back in South Philly for another stint with the Wings, the fans should have plenty for which to cheer.

 

Said Day: “He’s going to feel right at home.”

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