Scott Evander scored 53 seconds into sudden-death overtime last night to give the Washington Wave a 13-12 victory over the Philadelphia Wings before 6,683 at Capital Centre.

The win was the Wave's third straight and moved them into first place in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League, a half-game ahead of the New Jersey Saints. Washington (5-2) closes the regular season at New Jersey (4-2) in two weeks.

Last night's game was the third of four contests at Capital Centre that have gone into overtime. The Wave have won all three, including two over Philadelphia.

Evander, who had only one goal before the match, gave the Wave a 12-11 lead with 9:55 left in the fourth quarter. However, the Wings' Lou Delligatti scored on a 25-foot shot with 1:34 left in regulation to tie it.

In overtime, both teams had good chances before Evander scored. Washington's Rick Sowell passed to Evander who scored on a 15-foot shot.

In the season opener, the Wave defeated the Wings (1-4) in overtime. All three games between the teams have been decided by a goal.

Mark Gold led the Wave with four goals to give him 15 on the season. John Lamon added three. Pat Lamon had three goals for the Wings and Dick Grieves added a goal and three assists.