Black Wolves Eye Spot In Playoffs

Saturday’s frantic comeback victory over the Saskatchewan Rush vaulted the New England Black Wolves into second place in the East Division, moving them to the brink of a second straight National Lacrosse League playoff berth.

If the Black Wolves, now 8-8, win in Rochester on Saturday night – never an easy task – they will clinch a spot in the postseason. New England is 2-1 against the Knighthawks, winning a pair of one-goal games at Mohegan Sun Arena. Rochester won the first meeting of the season 15-8 at home on January 7th.

“The opportunity to secure a playoff spot is important for the team and organization,” coach Glenn Clark said. “Our goal is to be a consistent playoff team and allow ourselves a chance to compete for the Champions Cup.”

A New England win combined with a loss by the Toronto Rock (8-8) at Saskatchewan would lock up second place and a home playoff game for the Black Wolves. New England owns the head-to-head tiebreaker with Toronto – the Black Wolves won 10-9 in overtime on March 3rd and 15-14 on April 2nd – so the Rock must finish with a better record than New England to host a playoff game.

Last season, second-seeded New England advanced to the East Division Finals by edging third-seeded Georgia in the first round of the playoffs at Mohegan Sun Arena.

If the Black Wolves do clinch the second seed, they would host a playoff game on May 7th at 1 p.m.