The Albany FireWolves (2-12) were defeated by the Panther City Lacrosse Club (9-6), 12-8, at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth on Saturday evening. Once again, it was a low scoring affair, thanks to the Albany defense, but Panther City went on a five-goal run between the second and third quarters and held on for the home victory.
Full statistics from tonight’s game can be found here.
|SCORE BY QUARTER
Panther City secured the game’s first faceoff, but came up empty on their opening possession. After a scrum for the ball, Marshall Powless found a cutting Ethan Walker who buried the first goal of the game for Albany. Following a save by Justin Geddie, he connected with Mike Byrne in transition, who looked ahead and found Hiana Thompson who did the rest to give Albany an early two-goal lead. The FireWolves maintained the momentum as Tanner Thomson wrapped around the back of the net and dunked the ball in for another goal. Panther City finally got on the board with two minutes to go in the opening period as Patrick Dodds bounced one past Geddie. Panther City cut the deficit to one as Will Malcom caught a pass on the right side and buried one with just 20 seconds to go in the quarter.
Three minutes into the second, the FireWolves struck again as Connor Kelly was hit in transition and found space over the right should of Nick Damude. Panther City struck back shortly after as Phil Caputo rifled in his first of the night. With just over ten to go in the half, Dodds notched his second of the night to tie the game at four goals apiece. Following a brief scoring drought by both sides, Josh Medeiros ran out in transition and buried twister shot from just outside the crease to give Panther City their first lead of the night. Seconds later, Malcom found space on the right side and went five-hole on Geddie to push the Panther City lead to two goals with less than a minute to play in the first half.
The pace kept up in the second half as Jonathan Donville notched another for Panther City to grow their lead. Seconds later, Powless went behind the back for a nifty goal to keep Albany within two. Still within the first few minutes of the second half, Connor Sellars got another one for Panther City to put the club up 8-5. Albany quickly got the goal back as John Piatelli secured a rebound in front of the net and scored. Panther City was able to answer as former FireWolf Anthony Malcom got revenge against his old team. The momentum continued for Panther City as Nathan Grenon scored from just outside the crease after an unsuccessful FireWolves challenge.
After nearly four minutes of scoreless action to start the final period, Piatelli found space after beating a defender to bounce in his second goal of the contest. Following a penalty on Panther City Powless was wide open on the right side and netted his second of the contest to bring the Wolves within two. Panther City was able to stop the bleeding as Caputo went behind the back for his second of the night. Panther City added another as Matt Hossack scored on an empty net to grow the lead to four. Neither team scored in the final minute as Panther City held on to a 12-8 victory.
The FireWolves will be on the road next weekend before returning home to face the Georgia Swarm on Saturday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. For more information regarding tickets and Union Strong Night, visit www.AlbanyFireWolves.com or call/text the FireWolves front office at 518-362-4900.
About Albany FireWolves
The Albany FireWolves is the Capital Region’s very own Professional Box Lacrosse team, playing in the National Lacrosse League out of the MVP Arena in downtown Albany, NY. For more information, contact the Albany FireWolves Front Office at (518) 362-4900 or visit AlbanyFireWolves.com. Follow the team on Facebook at facebook.com/AlbFireWolves, Twitter @AlbFireWolves, and Instagram @AlbFireWolves.
About the National Lacrosse League
The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America’s premier professional lacrosse league. Founded in 1986, the NLL ranks third in average attendance for pro indoor sports worldwide, behind only the NHL and NBA. The League is comprised of 15 franchises across the United States and Canada: Albany FireWolves, Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, Halifax Thunderbirds, Las Vegas Desert Dogs, New York Riptide, Panther City Lacrosse Club (TX), Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock, and Vancouver Warriors.
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About ASM Global
ASM Global is the world’s leading venue management and services company. The company was formed by the combination of AEG Facilities and SMG, global leaders in venue and event strategy and management. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 325 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention, and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues. From Aberdeen to Anchorage, and Sydney to Stockholm, its venues connect people through the unique power of live experiences. ASM Global’s diverse portfolio of clients benefit from the company’s depth of resources and unparalleled experience, expertise and creative problem solving. Each day, the company’s 61,000 passionate employees around the world deliver locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to deliver maximum results for venue owners and amazing experiences for guests. By consistently looking for new ways to envision, innovate and empower the spaces and places that bring people together, ASM Global elevates the human spirit while delivering the highest value for all stakeholders. For more information, please visit www.asmglobal.com.
About MVP Arena
MVP Arena is a full-service entertainment and sports facility featuring a wide variety of family shows, sporting events, trade shows and concerts. Owned by Albany County and managed by ASM Global, MVP Arena opened in 1990 and is home to the Albany FireWolves of the National Lacrosse League, the Albany Empire of the National Arena League and the Division I Men’s College Basketball Siena Saints. For more information, please visit www.mvparena.com.