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UA Alumn: Merrick Thomson Named to NLL All Rookie Team

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05/13/08 - National Lacrosse League (NLL)


The Philadelphia Wings' forwards Merrick Thomson and Jamie Rooney were selected as members of the 2008 National Lacrosse League All Rookie Team. They are joined by Forward Craig Point (Minnesota); Transition players Jordan Hall (New York), Tyler Codron (Portland), and Bobby McBride (Chicago).


Thomson, the Wings' top draft choice (2nd overall) in this year's NLL Entry Draft, had a standout first season with the Wings, recording 55 points (26G, 29A), which was second only to Minnesota's Craig Point who recorded 61 points (27G, 34A). In his first year out of the University at Albany, Thomson was named Rookie of the Week in week 4 this season, and was also named Rookie of the Month for January.


Rooney, the Wings selected Rooney in the second round (22nd overall) in the 2008 NLL Dispersal Draft from Arizona, finished the 2008 season with 43 points (20G, 23A) and 59 loose balls. Rooney's season was highlighted by his five point performance (2G, 3A) in the Wings 19-11 victory over Chicago in the team's first game. He also scored the goal that forced overtime in the Wings 15-14 overtime win against the Buffalo Bandits on January 26.


The Philadelphia Wings finished the 2008 regular season with a 10-6 record, 7-1 at home, and qualified for the National Lacrosse League playoffs for the first time since the 2002 season. 2008 was also a historic season for the Wings as forward Athan Iannucci shattered the single season goal scoring record with 71 goals, transition player Geoff Snider broke the single season loose ball record with 244, and on April 19, the team had its highest attended game since 2002 when 17,340 fans packed the Wachovia Center.


Reserve your 2009 season tickets today! A $50 deposit guarantees a great seat for eight great games of Wings lacrosse. Call 215-389-WING or visit wingslax.com for more information.


The Philadelphia Wings are owned and operated by Philadelphia Wings L.P., whose principal owners are Russ Cline, Chris Fritz and Michael French. Comcast-Spectacor serves as the marketing, sponsorship and publicity arm of the Wings.



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