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National Lacrosse League
Player Spotlight: Columbus Landsharks' Neal Powless

Wednesday, July 10, 2002

By David W. Unkle
SJSports Staff Writer

Player Spotlight highlights the finer details and elements while supplying insight to the fans on what a player's thought process may be pertaining to a certain play, game, or situation. It brings the intensity, passion, and inner most thoughts of the individual player that otherwise may not be felt or heard.
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Event Spotlight:
National Lacrosse League Announces Re-Location of Washington Power to Denver

Tuesday, July 9, 2002

By David W. Unkle
SJSports Staff Writer

National Lacrosse League (NLL) Commissioner Jim Jennings announced today the re-location of the Washington Power franchise to Denver, Colorado for the 2002-03 season. The yet-to-be-named franchise will play it their home games in the Pepsi Center which currently houses the National Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche and the National Basketball Association's Denver Nuggets.
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Event Spotlight:
2002-03 National Lacrosse League Update

Thursday, June 20, 2002

By David W. Unkle
SJSports Staff Writer

The National Lacrosse League (NLL) Board of Governors completed their annual summer meetings today. The three-day meeting held at New York's Madison Square Garden concluded with a conference call for members of the national media. NLL Commissioner Jim Jennings stated that the league will not exceed thirteen teams dealing a blow to those individuals looking for expansion in cities like Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area and Edmonton. We are still aggressively pursuing expansion. There is a considerable amount of interest, especially from groups on the West Coast of the United States.
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High School Girls Lacrosse:
Shawnee Turns Up The Heat Against Eastern

Friday, May 31, 2002

By Gary Steiner
SJSports Staff Writer

There's nothing like a girls lacrosse playoff game on a hot sunny day in May. But when the Lady Vikings of Eastern visited the Lady Renegades of Shawnee, both teams brought their own heat with similar fast and furious styles. It was Shawnee who brought the most, winning convincingly 17-7 to take the South Jersey A title and continue their pursuit of a state title and also a potential rematch with their archrivals Moorestown.
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High School Girls Lacrosse:
Lower Cape May's Inexperience Shows in Loss To Delran

Friday, April 26, 2002

By Gary Steiner
SJSports Staff Writer

The growth of girls lacrosse in South Jersey has caused some teams to take some long bus rides, as happened today when the Lady Tigers for Lower Cape May visited the Lady Bears of Delran. There are still only 24 girls lacrosse teams which make up the Olympic Conference, whereas in other sports you have enough teams to make more geographically compatible divisions. Thus, the Lady Tigers had to endure a 90 mile trip to play this game. They showed the inexperience of their first year program, as Delran sent them back home with a 17-1 loss.
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Event Spotlight:
Wings Send Local Boy to Win Scoop N' Shoot National Title

Thursday, April 25, 2002

By Jennifer Stefani
Philadelphia Wings Correspondent

Trevor Rawlik of Hilltop, NJ is the national champion in the 6-8 year-old division of the National Lacrosse League's Scoop N' Shoot competition. The finals were held prior to the NLL's All-Star Game at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort in Uncasville, CT on Sunday, April 28. Trevor qualified for the finals through two regional competitions hosted by the Philadelphia Wings. He secured his berth to the finals in a competition held at halftime during the Wings game on March 16 when they hosted the Washington Power.
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High School Girls Lacrosse:
Zucconi and Wolverton Lead Holy Cross Over Northern Burlington

Thursday, April 18, 2002

By Gary Steiner
SJSports Staff Writer

Unseasonably hot weather greeted the Lady Greyhounds of Northern Burlington as they visited the Lady Lancers of Holy Cross. The Lady Greyhounds (2-3) were struggling in their first year of lacrosse play, and were hoping to show some improvement against the 3-2 Lady Lancers. The heat took its toll on both teams, but it was the hot play of Kelly Wolverton and Kristin Zucconi that led Holy Cross to an 11-5 victory.
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High School Girls Lacrosse:
Déjà Vu As Moorestown Continues Streak With Win Over Shawnee

Friday, April 5, 2002

By Gary Steiner
SJSports Staff Writer

The last time Moorestown and Shawnee met on a lacrosse field it was for the state championship last June 9, where the Lady Quakers dominated in a 12-2 win. On Wednesday, Shawnee opened their 2002 season with an 18-0 blowout of Pennsauken, and were definitely looking to try out their stuff against their arch-rivals. Snow flurries suprised the fans in some strange April weather, but there was nothing strange about the play on the field as the Lady Quakers showed they were ready to make another run at the state title with a convincing 11-5 win over the Lady Renegades.
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High School Girls Lacrosse:
Lenape Runs Over Rancocas Valley

Wednesday, April 3, 2002

By Gary Steiner
SJSports Staff Writer

The Lenape Girls Lacrosse team opened their 2002 Season at home versus Rancocas Valley, with both teams enjoying the early start as a result of being on Spring Break. The Lady Red Devils were looking to bounce back after losing their first game 20-9 versus Camden Catholic on Monday. It was a warm and windy day, but the breeze felt on the sidelines seemed to be more from the speed of the Lady Indians as they proceeded to run over Rancocas Valley 14-7.
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Event Spotlight:
Predictions From the Journalists

Tuesday, April 2, 2002

By David Unkle
SJSports Staff Writer

The following is reprinted with permission of the Professional Lacrosse Players' Association. The complete playoff review is available at www.plpa.com

Correspondent, Professional Lacrosse Players Association

Q: Who are the key players for Washington versus Toronto and Rochester versus Albany?

The premiere player and the 2001-02 leading scorer in the National Lacrosse League (NLL), Paul Gait is certainly key for the Washington Power as they continue their pursuit of the Champions Cup in what will likely be their last year in Landover, Maryland. Garry Gait, the NLL's second leading scorer is equally a threat and often has more scoring opportunities as teams key on Paul. Another guy I really like on the Power is Del Halladay (Washington's third leading goal scorer).
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Event Spotlight:
There's No Tomorrow for Philadelphia as Wings Lose Wild-card Playoff Game to Washington 12-11

Sunday, March 31, 2002

By David Unkle
SJSports Staff Writer

The Wings' quest to retain their hold on the National Lacrosse League's Champion's Cup ended last night in Philadelphia at the hands of the Washington Power in a 12-11 loss to the Eastern Division Champions. Unlike last week's game against the Toronto Rock which propelled them into the playoffs, Philadelphia came out with a less aggressive style of defense which would hurt them throughout the game and arguably cost them the opportunity to return to Toronto, the site where they captured the 2001 NLL Championship. Surrendering transition goals and power play goals coupled with weak second quarter play and the inability to chew up the clock when shorthanded has killed this team all season long and its reappearance last night gave the Power the opportunity to play lacrosse in April.
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Event Spotlight:
Wings Rock Toronto's World in 12-11 Overtime Win; Gain Sixth and Final Playoff Spot

Monday, March 25, 2002

By David W. Unkle
SJSports Staff Writer

Saturday night's game at the First Union Center was just short of war between these two teams. Take for example, Toronto Rock Forward Colin Doyle's comments following the back-end of the home-home series between these two teams. It's funny how they grow a spine in Philadelphia; it's the dead truth. They're soft in Toronto and they come out and play tough in Philly. It's the way it's been for a long time and the reason they were successful against us last year in Toronto was because they played tough. We expected it and we knew they were going to come at us with everything they had...we don't mind it. There is a lot of bad blood. They took away what was ours for two years and we thought should still be ours. If that's not enough to get the boys motivated, it's the fact that we have great games here year in and year out. There's obviously a level of respect between the two teams. They have some fantastic players and I'm sure that they would say the same about some of our players. But when it comes down to the floor, respect goes out the window.
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Event Spotlight:
With Their Backs Against The Wall, Wings Edge Washington 12-11 To Stay In Playoff Race

Tuesday, March 19, 2002

By David W. Unkle
SJSports Staff Writer

The Wings' (7-7) ability to play defense for 45 minutes last night allowed them to come away with a thrilling 12-11 victory over Eastern Division Champion Washington Power (9-6). In what was Paul Gait's final regular season game in Philadelphia before he retires at the conclusion of this season, the former Wing scored three points (1G, 2A) on ten shots but it was his only goal that almost closed the door on Philadelphia. The Wings started off with a stifling defense that was noticeably absent in recent weeks. Allowing Washington's offense one goal on seven shots in the first quarter was impressive considering last week's demise in Washington.
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Event Spotlight:
At a Cost, Wings Get "W" versus Rebel

Sunday, March 3, 2002

By David W. Unkle
SJSports Staff Writer

Ninety percent of the game is half mental.

Yogi Berra

It didn't take long for Philadelphia to score in last night's 19-17 win over the Ottawa Rebel. While most people were still getting comfortable in their seats, Kevin Finneran, on a move from the left of Rebel's goalie Andrew Leyshon, came in the slot unopposed and easily whisked one past Leyshon at 0:55 of the first quarter. Tom "Hollywood" Marechek made the score 2-0 on an over-the-shoulder shot that caught Leyshon moving in the wrong direction. Ottawa cut the score to 2-1 on Chris Knopliff's 21st of the season following a cross-checking call on Mark Millon. Unlike their last two home games, the Wings came out a played a stifling defense for the opening 15 minutes limiting Ottawa to one goal on thirteen shots. This was a marked improvement from their previous games against New Jersey and Columbus where they surrendered 6 goals and 3 goals, respectively, while only scoring one goal in the first quarter of both games.
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Special Event:
The Topcat & Taggart Sports Show
Sunday afternoons in March 2002 are exciting on WNJC 1360-AM's: The Topcat & Taggart Sports Show

Friday, March 1, 2002

By David W. Unkle
SJSports Staff Writer

"Inside the Wings" features a different member of the 2001 National Lacrosse League Champion Philadelphia Wings on the Show live each week. Get the inside story from the players as the Wings defend their NLL Championship. Tickets and autographed items will be given away on the show. Be sure to check out the Player Spotlight feature on the Professional Lacrosse Players Association website for your favorite Wings player.
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Event Spotlight:
Wings Get Bitten in Overtime by Landsharks 15-14

Sunday, February 24, 2002

By David W. Unkle
SJSports Staff Writer

Former Pittsburgh Steelers head Coach Chuck Noll once said: Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it. Last night, the Wings had the Columbus Landsharks where they wanted them in the second quarter. Down 3-1 at the end of the first period, Philadelphia reeled off seven goals to take a one goal lead (8-7) into the half-time locker room. The outcome was not what the Wings of the 13,726 fans in attendance had in mind.
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Event Spotlight:
Storm Knocks Out Wings 13-11 Loss

Sunday, February 17, 2002

By David W. Unkle
SJSports Staff Writer

Last night the Wings hosted their Anti-Valentine's Day party, billed as "Scorned Lover's Night" for a season high 17,488 at the First Union Center. At half time, four contestants got to tell their story of woe and shred a memento of their former loved one with one contestant winning a trip to Jamaica. The New Jersey Storm (3-9) also participated in the night's events as they shred the unusually porous Philadelphia defense for 10 first half goals en route to a 13-11 win over Wings. It was the first home loss of the season for the Wings.
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Event Spotlight:
Wings Win in a Rout 21-13 over Rochester Knight-hawks

Saturday, February 2, 2002

By David W. Unkle
SJSports Staff Writer

For the 10,235 fans at the First Union Center in Philadelphia last night, this was truly a night to behold. For the Rochester Knight-hawks, waking up today on Groundhog Day could prove insightful. Will it soon be Spring and a run in the playoffs or a long winter after back-to-back losses against Toronto and Philadelphia? After last night's game, the latter looks like a distinct possibility.
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Event Spotlight:
Philadelphia Continues Winning Streak
Wings Keep Away Bandits, 8-7

Friday, January 25, 2002

By Jennifer Stefani
Philadelphia Wings Correspondent

The Philadelphia Wings won their third straight game with an 8-7 victory over Buffalo Friday at the First Union Center in front of 11,785 fans. Goalie Dallas Eliuk made 43 saves for the win, while Tom Marchek, Jake Bergey and Jeff Ratcliffe led the offense with two goals apiece.
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Event Spotlight:
Wings Weather Storm in New Jersey
WINGS Win 17-15 Contest Over Expansion New Jersey

Saturday, January 19, 2002

By Jennifer Stefani
Philadelphia Wings Correspondent

The defending National Lacrosse League champion Philadelphia Wings' weathered a winter storm of their own as they came back from a five goal deficit to defeat the New Jersey Storm by a score of 17-15. This afternoon's game marks the first time that the Wings have faced the expansion New Jersey Storm. The Wings improve their record to 3-3 after the weekend as they head home to take on the Buffalo Bandits this Friday, January 25 at the First Union Center at 7:30 p.m.
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Lacrosse Coverage for 2001

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