2008 Philadelphia Wings season

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2008 Philadelphia Wings
Division 4th East
2008 record 10-6
Home record 7-1
Road record 3-5
Goals for 225
Goals against 220
General Manager Lindsay Sanderson
Coach Dave Huntley
Captain Thomas Hajek
Alternate captains Peter Jacobs
Jake Bergey
Arena Wachovia Center
Average attendance 11,289
Team leaders
Goals Athan Iannucci (71)
Assists Jason Crosbie (40)
Points Athan Iannucci (100)
Penalties in minutes Geoff Snider (103)
Loose Balls Geoff Snider (244)
Wins Rob Blasdell (8)
Goals against average Brandon Miller (12.18)

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The Philadelphia Wings are a lacrosse team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania playing in the National Lacrosse League (NLL). The 2008 season was the 22nd in franchise history.

The Wings had not made the playoffs in five years, the longest playoff drought in the history of the franchise. But the Wings began the season 6-0, and second-year players Athan Iannucci and Geoff Snider were rewriting the record books. Iannucci broke Gary Gait's single-season scoring record in the Wings' 14th game,[1] and ended up with 71 goals. Snider set new records for loose balls (242), penalty minutes (103), and faceoffs won (318), and won 73.8% of his faceoffs, just short of his own record of 75% set in 2007.[2] The Wings finished 4th in the East and made the playoffs again, but were beaten in the division semi-finals by the Buffalo Bandits.

Regular season[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

Reference: [3]

East Division
P Team GP W L PCT GB Home Road GF GA Diff
1 Buffalo Banditsxyz 16 10 6 0.625 0.0 7–2 3–4 203 174 +29
2 Minnesota Swarmx 16 10 6 0.625 0.0 6–2 4–4 199 196 +3
3 New York Titansx 16 10 6 0.625 0.0 5–1 5–5 197 186 +11
4 Philadelphia Wingsx 16 10 6 0.625 0.0 7–1 3–5 225 220 +5
5 Rochester Knighthawks 16 8 8 0.500 2.0 4–4 4–4 197 171 +26
6 Toronto Rock 16 7 9 0.438 3.0 4–5 3–4 172 174 -2
7 Chicago Shamrox 16 6 10 0.375 4.0 3–5 3–5 176 212 -36
West Division
P Team GP W L PCT GB Home Road GF GA Diff
1 San Jose Stealthxy 16 9 7 0.563 0.0 4–4 5–3 185 172 +13
2 Colorado Mammothx 16 9 7 0.563 0.0 6–2 3–5 184 167 +17
3 Calgary Roughnecksx 16 7 9 0.438 2.0 5–3 2–6 183 178 +5
4 Portland LumberJaxx 16 6 10 0.375 3.0 3–5 3–5 179 194 -15
5 Edmonton Rush 16 4 12 0.250 5.0 3–5 1–7 141 197 -56

x–Clinched playoff berth; c–Clinched playoff berth by crossing over to another division; y–Clinched division; z–Clinched best regular season record; GP–Games Played; W–Wins; L–Losses
GBGames back; PCT–Win percentage; Home–Record at Home; Road–Record on the Road; GF–Goals scored; GA–Goals allowed; Diff–Difference between goals scored and allowed

Game log[edit]

Reference:[4]

Game Date Opponent Location Score OT Attendance Record
1 January 12, 2008 Chicago Shamrox Wachovia Center W 19–11 11,974 1–0
2 January 18, 2008 Rochester Knighthawks Wachovia Center W 15–14 9,248 2–0
3 January 26, 2008 Buffalo Bandits Wachovia Center W 15–14 OT 10,542 3–0
4 February 15, 2008 @ Colorado Mammoth Pepsi Center W 15–13 17,109 4–0
5 February 22, 2008 Minnesota Swarm Wachovia Center W 17–8 10,342 5–0
6 February 29, 2008 New York Titans Wachovia Center W 16–12 11,419 6–0
7 March 1, 2008 @ Buffalo Bandits HSBC Arena L 12–21 13,720 6–1
8 March 14, 2008 San Jose Stealth Wachovia Center W 16–13 11,737 7–1
9 March 22, 2008 @ New York Titans Sovereign Bank Arena-Trenton, NJ L 13–20 5,239 7–2
10 March 29, 2008 @ Rochester Knighthawks Blue Cross Arena L 12–20 8,940 7–3
11 April 5, 2008 @ Chicago Shamrox Sears Centre L 14–15 OT 5,427 7–4
12 April 6, 2008 Toronto Rock Wachovia Center W 11–9 10,244 8–4
13 April 11, 2008 @ Portland LumberJax Rose Garden W 13–10 9,195 9–4
14 April 12, 2008 @ Minnesota Swarm Xcel Energy Center L 14–15 OT 12,830 9–5
15 April 19, 2008 New York Titans Wachovia Center L 8–11 17,340 9–6
16 April 27, 2008 @ Toronto Rock Air Canada Centre W 15–14 15,332 10–6

Playoffs[edit]

Game log[edit]

Reference:[5]

Game Date Opponent Location Score OT Attendance Record
Division Semifinal May 2, 2008 @ Buffalo Bandits HSBC Arena L 12–14 9,344 0–1

Player stats[edit]

Reference: [1]

Runners (Top 10)[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; LB = Loose Balls; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player GP G A Pts LB PIM
Athan Iannucci 16 71 29 100 138 35
Jake Bergey 13 29 31 60 89 8
Merrick Thomson 15 26 29 55 59 26
Geoff Snider 16 13 38 51 244 103
Jason Crosbie 16 11 40 51 80 8
Jamie Rooney 15 20 23 43 59 12
Johnny Christmas 13 5 20 25 61 10
Kyle Sweeney 16 5 20 25 127 4
AJ Shannon 9 11 7 18 35 2
Totals 324 549 440 1283 44

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played; MIN = Minutes; W = Wins; L = Losses; GA = Goals Against; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player GP MIN W L GA Sv% GAA
Rob Blasdell 14 659:16 8 2 153 .739 13.92
Brandon Miller 7 295:28 2 4 60 .788 12.18
Jay Preece 9 6:57 0 0 3 .727 25.90
Matt Roik 0 0:00 0 0 0 .000 .00
Totals 10 6 220 .751 13.75

Awards[edit]

Player Award
Athan Iannucci NLL Most Valuable Player
Athan Iannucci Overall Player of the Month, January
Overall Player of the Month, February
Overall Player of the Month, April
Athan Iannucci First Team All-Pro
Geoff Snider Second Team All-Pro
Athan Iannucci All-Stars
Geoff Snider
Taylor Wray

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

February 29, 2008[6]
To Philadelphia Wings
conditional third round pick, 2008 entry draft
To Edmonton Rush
Brendan Thenhaus
March 5, 2008[7]
To Philadelphia Wings
AJ Shannon (from Edmonton)
fourth round pick, 2008 entry draft (from Minnesota)
To Minnesota Swarm
Keith Cromwell (from Philadelphia)
Dan Marohl (from Philadelphia)
second round pick, 2009 entry draft (from Edmonton)
To Edmonton Rush
Mike Hominuck (from Minnesota)
first round pick, 2008 entry draft (from Minnesota)
March 5, 2008[7] To Philadelphia Wings
Brandon Miller
second round pick, 2008 entry draft
To Chicago Shamrox
Matt Roik
Brad Self
first round pick, 2009 entry draft
second round pick, 2010 entry draft

Roster[edit]

Reference: [2]

No. Position Player
27 Canada Def Beisel, Brian
66 United States Fwd Bergey, Jake
31 Canada Goalie Blasdell, Rob
2 United States Fwd Borell, Jim
United States Def Burke, Zach
1 United States Trans Christmas, John
United States Fwd Cromwell, Keith
54 Canada Fwd Crosbie, Jason
United States Fwd Eckerel, Matt
United States Fwd Fiat, Kyle
United States Fwd Ford, Conor
28 Canada Def Hajek, Thomas
25 United States Fwd Heim, Patrick
23 Canada Fwd Iannucci, Athan
24 United States Def Jacobs, Peter
United States Fwd Marohl, Dan
36 Canada Goalie Miller, Brandon
No. Position Player
22 Canada Fwd Mitchell, David
United States Fwd Morley, Marc
15 United States Fwd Moyer, Brett
34 United States Def Nadelen, Shawn
30 Canada Goalie Preece, Jay
Canada Goalie Roik, Matt
14 Canada Fwd Rooney, Jamie
88 Canada Fwd Shannon, AJ
4 Canada Trans Snider, Geoff
7 United States Def Sweeney, Kyle
Canada Fwd Thenhaus, Brenden
9 Canada Fwd Thomson, Merrick
77 Canada Fwd Van Beek, Rob
Canada Fwd Wailes, Kyle
26 United States Fwd Westervelt, Drew
44 Canada Def Wray, Taylor

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Iannucci Breaks Single-Season Goals Record". NLL.com. April 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  2. ^ "Snider Breaks Loose Ball Record". NLL.com. April 29, 2008. Archived from the original on 10 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  3. ^ "National Lacrosse League - 2008 Regular Season - Standings". NLL.com. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Philadelphia Wings – National Lacrosse League". NLL.com. Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Philadelphia Wings – National Lacrosse League". NLL.com. Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rush Acquire Thenhaus From Wings". NLL.com. February 29, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  7. ^ a b "Trade Frenzy: Eight Players Dealt". NLL.com. March 5, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-05.