Philadelphia Wings forward Kevin Crowley had more than just his team’s third consecutive win to celebrate Friday night. “The Big Cat,” as he’s called, recorded a major milestone Friday night, scoring his 300th career goal in the Wings' 18-10 win over the Vancouver Warriors.
When asked about the play leading up to that goal, Crowley joked about the pass from teammate Josh Currier that resulted in his landmark achievement.
“Josh threw me that awful pass behind me and luckily I got a hold of it,” he said.
No. 300 wasn’t exactly on his mind at the time he netted the ball. Crowley, the Wings' captain, explained that not being fully aware of how close he was to that accomplishment added to his excitement when it was announced.
Earlier this week, Crowley did an interview on The John DeBella Show where he talked about the goals he sets for himself before going into a season.
“Personally, I have my goals," he said. "How many goals I want to score in a season, how many assists, how many points — but, realistically it’s about winning games and if I can hit my numbers, chances are that our team has a better chance to win."
Crowley’s performance against the Warriors was a clear testament to that. It even led to him being named one of three stars of the game. His 300th goal was one of three he tallied in the team's home opener along with two assists.
His efforts have helped the Wings to set a new franchise record with their three straight wins.
The sound of lacrosse balls rebounding off of plexiglass was merely background noise to the laughter coming from the turf in Wells Fargo Center this morning.
A few hours before their season opener, the Philadelphia Wings hosted an interactive on-field clinic with a few athletes from Special Olympics Pennsylvania. The lucky participants were able to learn the basics of lacrosse, while also practicing a variety of skill-building exercises directly with the Wings players. Even the team’s mascot, Wingston, joined in on the action!
The event proved to be equally enjoyable for both the Special Olympics athletes and the Wings players. For one member of the Wings organization in particular, their participation in this clinic was a little more personal to him and his own experiences.
Chris Collins, a scout for the Philadelphia Wings, got emotional as he spoke to National Lacrosse League host Devan Kaney about the connection between his family and the kids of Special Olympics PA.
“My youngest sister, Kelsey, most beautiful girl in the world, she has down syndrome. Greatest gift to our family ever. It’s why I play, it’s why I do what I do,” Collins said.
Collins also talked about how important giving back is to the Wings organization, explaining that it is one of the most essential pieces of what they do as lacrosse players. Today was a prime example of how the Wings do just that in the Philadelphia community.
Luckily for the Special Olympics athletes, the fun didn’t just stop there. The Wings kindly gifted each participant a goody bag filled with all types of Philadelphia Wings related items and even tickets to tonight’s home opener against the Vancouver Warriors.
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