ATHAN IANNUCCI WINS REEBOK MVP AWARD
Wings Forward led Philly to Playoffs with Record-Setting Season
The announcement of the 2008 National Lacrosse League season awards concludes today with the Reebok Most Valuable Player Award. This Reebok Most Valuable Player Award for the 2008 NLL season goes to Athan Iannucci of the Philadelphia Wings.
Iannucci emerged in his second season in the league as the top offensive force in 2008, leading the league in both goals (71) and points (100). He also led the tied for the league lead in game-winning goals (5), with Sean Pollock of the Minnesota Swarm. The young forward scored 17 of his goals on the power play, helping the Wings convert on 40% of their chances. On the penalty killing unit, Iannucci scored five short-handed goals (tied for second best in the league with John Grant of Rochester). In addition, Iannucci collected 138 loose balls, tied for sixth in the NLL, and added 29 assists.
Iannucci's 71 goals not only helped the Wings score more goals than any other team this season (225) but it also set the new record for number of goals scored by an individual player in a single season. Iannucci surpassed the previous league record of 61 (Gary Gait, 2003) on April 12th against the Minnesota Swarm. Iannucci is also the only player to ever score 70 goals in a season in the league's history.
Iannucci helped lead the Philadelphia Wings to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth in the East Division, their first playoff appearance since the 2002 season. The Wings posted a 7-1 record at home, tying Buffalo for the most home wins in the league this season.
Recent winners of the Reebok Most Valuable Player Award for the regular season include John Grant (Rochester 2007), Steve Dietrich (Buffalo 2006), Colin Doyle (Toronto 2005), Jim Veltman (Toronto 2004), and Gary Gait (Colorado 2003).
The award winners are chosen by a vote of the leagues coaches, general managers, and executives.
The MVP is the final award announcement leading up to the 2008 Edge National Lacrosse League Championship Game on Saturday, May 17th at 7:30 PM ET. The Buffalo Bandits will host the Portland LumberJax at HSBC Arena in a one-game winner-take-all championship final. ESPN2 will air the game on Tuesday, May 20th at 2:00 PM ET. The game will air LIVE on ESPN360, The Score Television Network, Eurosport2 and online at NLL.com. SIRIUS Satellite Radio will air the game live on channel 119.