By Ed Borg, Special to The Inquirer

Last night was a night the Philadelphia Wings would like to forget.

They gave up nine second-period goals and lost to the New York Saints, 20-16, in a Major Indoor Lacrosse League game before 9,324 at the Nassau Coliseum.

It was Philadelphia’s first loss this season, giving them a record of 2-1. New York is 1-1.

Defensive breakdowns accounted for Philadelphia’s loss as New York scored two shorthanded goals in the second quarter.

Despite a last-quarter surge in which the Wings outscored the Saints, 8-3, Philadelphia failed to make up for its second-period woes. Brad Kotz scored three goals for the Wings in the last period.

The Wings took a 2-0 lead with goals in the first two minutes by Rick Fried and Paul French. But Don Borges tied the scored at 3-3 with 11 minutes, 16 seconds left in the period, and the Saints eventually took a 5-4 lead at the end of one quarter.

In the second quarter, John O’Brien was replaced in the Wings’ goal by Kevin Vilger after the Saints scored three goals in the first 1:35. But the Saints continued to score and led at the half, 14-7.

Kotz ended with three goals and two assists, and John Tucker added two goals and three assists. Andy Wilson had three goals and one assist.

For the Saints, Jeff Goldberg had three goals and one assist.

(Philadelphia Inquirer, January 29, 1989)

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