Thunder's idle thoughts to be on standings

THE BALTIMORE EVENING SUN

The Baltimore Thunder is idle this weekend, but the players will keep a close eye on the Major Indoor Lacrosse League's division races.

Two games are scheduled, the Detroit Turbos at the New York Saints tonight and the Philadelphia Wings at the Pittsburgh Bulls tomorrow night. Detroit (7-1) has clinched the National Division and the Thunder (5-3) leads the American.

Philadelphia, the defending champion, is second in the American at 3-4 and must sweep its final three games to win the division. The Thunder's last two games are both against the Wings, March 17 at Philadelphia and March 23 at the Baltimore Arena. The locals need to win one of them to wrap up the title and advance to the MILL championship game against Detroit.

The title game probably will be played the weekend of April 5-7, the exact date depending on arena availability. The site will be determined not by won-lost record but by home attendance.

In that respect, Baltimore holds an edge over Detroit, 34,413 to 30,975, for four games. Each team has one home game left. If the Wings nose out the Thunder, the Spectrum in Philadelphia will be the championship site. The Wings have drawn 61,425 for four games, with one remaining.

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