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Albany, NY – The Albany FireWolves improved to 10-3 over the weekend as they came out of a tough double header with a win over the Vancouver Warriors (3-9) and a loss to the Rochester Knighthawks (5-6). Their incredible turnaround season continues as they get closer to reaching a franchise record in wins and securing a playoff spot. Let’s look at a few key numbers that helped power the FireWolves through a double-header weekend.  

10 Wins Ties Franchise Record 

The FireWolves franchise history goes all the way back to the inaugural season of the NLL in 1987 when they were the original Philadelphia Wings. The Wings highest win total in a season was 10 in 2008 and when the team relocated and became the New England Black Wolves, they again reached 10 wins in 2016. Now in 2024, the Albany FireWolves have reached 10 wins to tie those records and they still have 5 games left in the regular season. This is even more incredible considering the FireWolves had a record of 3-15 last season. There is something special brewing in the Capital Region as the FireWolves are on the cusp of reaching the playoffs.  

4 Goals By Travis Longboat Career High  

Finding depth scoring is never easy in the NLL, but Travis Longboat has been a pleasant surprise for the FireWolves as he has posted 51 pts (21g, 30a) this season and scored a career high 4 goals in game as well as adding 1 assist in their win against Vancouver this past weekend. It was a truly special night as Longboat’s big game came on Indigenous Celebration Night with his family in the crowd. Longboat is from the Six Nations reserve and is a member of the Mohawk nation. His 4 goals came off three perfectly placed shots from up top and a wraparound dunk as he came flying in from behind the net. Longboat is silky smooth and is a hardworking player with and without the ball. The FireWolves are lucky to have such a smart playmaker as part of their deadly offense.  

49 Faceoff Wins In Two Games By Joe Nardella 

In both games this past weekend, there was one area the FireWolves dominated completely. Joe Nardella continues to be a top faceoff man in the NLL as he won 49 out of 58 faceoffs in two games. Against Vancouver, his 23 wins out of 25 faceoffs taken allowed Albany to control the tempo of the game and come out with a 13-8 win. The next night in Rochester, Nardella continued to dominate in the circle as he won 26 out of 33 faceoffs to give the FireWolves a fighting chance to pull out the win in their second game in two days. They would ultimately fall to Rochester, but Nardella’s efforts over the weekend continue to show that he will always give the FireWolves an opportunity to win by giving them the possession advantage. Nardella has now won 241 out of 336 faceoffs this season for a 71.7% win percentage. 

Next up for the Albany FireWolves is a rematch with the Rochester Knighthawks back at MVP Arena this Saturday, March 16 for the completion of this home and home series and a chance for revenge.   

Join the Albany FireWolves at MVP Arena on Saturday, March 16 for a St. Patrick’s Party weekend and $3 Bud Lights! For more information regarding tickets, visit www.albanyfirewolves.com or call/text the FireWolves ticket hotline 518-612-4196.    

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. For more information, visit NLL.com and find @NLL on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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 Firebirds of the Arena Football League and the Division I Men’s College Basketball Siena Saints. For more information, please visit https://www.mvparena.com/

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