Indoor lacrosse is back again for another season in the city and the Philadelphia Wings are poised for a return to winning ways as the prepare for their 2nd season. In less than a month they will take the field against the Georgia Swarm on December 14th and in less than two the Wells Fargo Center is going to be throwing some turf down for some lax and the home opener against Vancouver on January 10th.
Despite the 4-14 record last season, the Wings were competitive in most of their games, and proved to have a good amount of developing talent on their roster. Both forward Matt Rambo and transition player Trevor Baptiste were selected to the NLL all rookie team. and returning vets like Kevin Crawley, Kiel Matisz and Josh Currier will be set to lead an improved and growing team.
Coming in to reinforce the roster are new editions in the draft, including 5 former college captains and two Canadian standouts. Transition player Alex Pace and defenseman Matt Marinier both from the Junior A league, and Pace is also a U17 Canadian national team member.
The perhaps the most interesting pick that the Wings made was Pat Spencer. The forward was the captain of the Loyola University and won the 2019 Tewaaraton award for most outstanding player in college lacrosse. He though will chase another dream this year, as he transferred to Northwestern and is currently playing Division 1 college basketball as a graduate transfer. The NCCA’s all time assist player is translating well to the hardwood, and should be poised to join the Wings later in the season.
They also added team captains in the form of forward Kyle Marr from Johns Hopkins, forward and NCAA champion Dave Smith from UVA and Jordan Krug from Cabrini University. They also added a defender and team captain in Syracuse University player Austin Fusco.
From free agency they brought in Ian Llord, a defender making his way back to Philadelphia and the Wings after stops in Buffalo, Rochester and Colorado. Daryl Waud is making his pro lacrosse debut, after four years in the CFL, he’ll join his former junior A teammates Josh Currier and Eric Sewell. At 6’5 250 pounds he’ll be easy to see out there in his spot as a transitional player. On top of that Corey Vitarelli comes over to the city of Brotherly love, bringing his 20 plus goals in 7 of the last 8 seasons along with him. They also added goaltender Brandon Miller, an old stalwart between the pipes for the Wings and throughout the league.
GM and coach Paul Day is going to have a well stock roster and plenty of options going into season two for one of Philadelphia’s most exciting teams.