NLL Rookie of the Year and All-Rookie Team

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.

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New York, N.Y. -- New York Titans first pick in the draft Jordan Hall was selected to the 2008 All-Rookie team. Hall led all rookies in points with 69 and loose balls with 109 this season. He scored 24 goals and 45 assists to help the second-year Titans achieve a 10-6 record and make their first appearance in the playoffs. The 23-year-old left-hander out of University of Delaware was named Rookie of the Week three times over the course of the season.

Hall is not the only rookie who made a major impact on the second-year Titans this season. Mitch Belisle, the top defender out of Cornell University, was selected by the Titans with the 13th overall pick in the 2007 draft. Belisle quickly adapted to the indoor game and started as a defender in 12 games. Rory Smith, the youngest player on the Titans at 21 years old, became a force to be reckoned with on defense this season, starting in 11 games.

In addition to Titans rookie Jordan Hall, Craig Point of Minnesota, Bobby McBride of Chicago, Jamie Rooney and Merrick Thompson of Philadelphia were all selected to the All-Rookie team. Point was awarded Rookie of the Year honors.

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SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The National Lacrosse League (NLL) today announced that Minnesota Swarm forward Craig Point has been named the NLL Rookie of the Year and a member of the NLL's All-Rookie Team.

"I am very honored to be named the 2008 NLL Rookie of the Year," said Point. "Playing in the NLL has always been my dream. I didn't think anything would top being one of the first picks in last year's draft but I am very honored and privileged to accept the award," he added. "I would like to say thank you to everyone who has supported me including my family, friends, teammates, fans and the Minnesota Swarm organization."

Point, 22 (1/19/86), led all NLL rookies with 27 goals and set franchise rookie records for goals, assists (34) and points (61) while playing in all 16 during with the Swarm in 2008 helping guide the team to a franchise best 10-6 record. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound forward added eight penalty minutes, 74 loose balls and 29 power play points (10-19=29) and ranked first on the Swarm in power play goals, assist and points, third in goals and points and sixth in loose balls. The Brantford, Ontario native was named the February NLL Rookie of the Month and was named the NLL Rookie of the Week four times during the 2008 campaign.

"The team was much improved offensively with the addition of Craig to the lineup this season," said Minnesota Swarm General Manager Marty O'Neill. "Even though he was a rookie, he added a veteran-like leadership presence and was a big part of our team's success."

Point, the third overall pick in the 2007 NLL Entry Draft, was acquired by Minnesota along with Darren Halls in exchange for Brock Boyle, the Swarm's eighth and 11th overall picks in the 2007 NLL Entry Draft and a third round pick in the 2008 NLL Entry Draft in a draft day trade with Boston on Sept. 1, 2007.

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