Thunder clinches title, 17-14

March 18, 1991|By Special to The Sun

PHILADELPHIA -- The Baltimore Thunder clinched the Major Indoor Lacrosse League's American Division title yesterday by beating the Philadelphia Wings, 17-14, before 16,289 at The Spectrum.

Baltimore, which scored the game's first seven goals, will play in the MILL championship game the weekend of April 5-7 at the Baltimore Arena against the National Division champion Detroit Turbos.

Jeff Jackson led the Thunder (6-3) with five goals and three assists, and teammate Rick Sowell had three goals and four assists. Jeff Gombar made 32 saves for Baltimore.

"It's always tough to play in Philly," said Jackson. "Not only do you have to play the Wings, but you also have to play 17,000 screaming fans. We got pretty high after getting the 7-0 lead, but we knew we had to stay focused because the Wings are a very tough team. We played with intensity, but we didn't take stupid fouls."

Baltimore 7 2 4 4 -- 17

Philadelphia 1 6 3 4 -- 14

Goals: B--Jackson 5, Sowell 3, Nostrant 2, T. Welsh 2, P. Welsh 2, Canby 2, Kroneberger. P--Conley 4, Tucker 2, Deniken 2, Hahn 2, Manley, Flynn, Fried, DeCicco. Assists: B--Sowell 4, Angotti 4, Kerwick 3, Jackson 3, Nostrant 2, Aldridge 2, P. Welsh 2, Heil, Kroneberger, Gombar, Heulskamp, Britton, Canby, T. Welsh. P--Tucker 5, Flynn 3, Fried 3, Conley 2, Deniken, Gabrielsen, Holthaus, DeCicco, Martin, Eliuk. Saves: B--Gombar 32; P--Eliuk 27. A: 16,289.

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