Last Friday, the New England Black Wolves started the National Lacrosse League season with about as much gusto as you can get, just barely outside the first week of December. New England came from down four goals to beat the defending NLL champion Georgia Swarm 13-11 in front of 5,489 fans at Mohegan Sun Arena, righting itself after allowing the Swarm to take over with seven straight goals, a run that lasted from the first quarter to the third. “It’s great. The home-opener. You can’t write a better story,” said Black Wolves forward Kevin Crowley, who led the team with four goals and added an assist. “That was for the fans,” Crowley said with a smile. “I wanted a lull right before we won the game. …”
In 2014, Mohegan Sun brought it’s second professional team to Uncasville – the New England Black Wolves. Professional Lacrosse found a true home at Mohegan Sun. For our first post about their inaugural season, click on the title Mohegan Sun’s Pro Lacrosse Team Opener Was Amazing Fun! and Mohegan Sun adds Lacrosse
The team is partially owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, and partially owned by Brad Brewster. The Black Wolves relocated from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where they were originally known as the Philadelphia Wings, a historic franchise which played in Philadelphia from 1986 to 2014.
Since 2014, attendance has continued to increase and season ticket sales have risen every year.
I first characterized the game’s atmosphere in Mohegan Sun Arena as “Monster Truck Rally mixed with a loud continuos Dance Party at a Hockey game.” Basically, it’s electrifying.
There are many ticket packages available. By the increase in lacrosse kids, complete with lacrosse sticks, attending the games, ticket packages must be very popular. For all ticket packages and info, click HERE.
Their next home game is December 29th against the Vancouver Stealth – plenty of time to make plans. But be careful, the excitement may be habit forming!