NLL Rookie of the Year and All-Rookie Team

Minnesota Swarm forward Craig Point was named the 2008 National Lacrosse League Rookie of the Year. The 21-year-old right-hander led all rookies with 27 goals and added 34 assists and 74 loose balls to help the Swarm secure a franchise-best 10-6 record.

Joining Point on the All-Rookie Team is: Merrick Thomson and Jamie Rooney of the Philadelphia Wings, Tyler Codron of the Portland LumberJax, Jordan Hall of the New York Titans and Bobby McBride of the Chicago Shamrox.

2008 All-Rookie Team

Craig Point, Minnesota Swarm (Rookie of the Year) - Point led all rookies in scoring with 27 goals. The 21-year-old right-hander, who was selected third overall out of Onondoga Community College and Six Nations, was named Rookie of the Week four times.

Tyler Codron, Portland LumberJax - Codron was consistent on defense all year, playing all 16 games for the LumberJax. He scooped 68 loose balls, scored three goals and eight assists. The 21-year-old defender was selected sixth overall out of University of British Columbia.

Jordan Hall, New York Titans - Hall led all rookies in points and loose balls with 69 and 109, respectively. He scored 24 goals and 45 assists to help the second-year Titans achieve a 10-6 record. The 23-year-old left-hander, who was selected first overall by New York out of University of Delaware, was named Rookie of the Week three times.

Bobby McBride, Chicago Shamrox - McBride scooped 73 loose balls, scored eight goals and 13 assists in 13 games for Chicago. The 25-year-old transition man signed as a free agent with Chicago in September. He was named Rookie of the Week once.

Jamie Rooney, Philadelphia Wings - Rooney scored 20 goals and 23 assists, and scooped 59 loose balls in 15 games for the Wings. The 23-year-old right-hander was originally selected in the 2004 Entry Draft by Buffalo and spent three seasons as a practice player before seeing his first game action this year.

Merrick Thomson, Philadelphia Wings - Thomson scored 26 goals and 29 assists, and scooped 59 loose balls in 15 games for the Wings. The 23-year-old left-hander was selected second overall by the Wings out of University of Albany. He was named Rookie of the Week once.

The award winners are chosen by a vote of the leagues coaches, general managers, and executives. Voting for the awards took place following the conclusion of the regular season and prior to the start of the playoffs.

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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.

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