Athan Iannucci

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Athan Iannucci
— Lacrosse player —
Athan Iannucci.jpg
Born (1982-04-15) April 15, 1982 (age 32)
New Westminster, British Columbia
Position Forward
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 200 pounds (91 kg)
WLA team Langley Thunder
NLL team
F. Teams
Colorado Mammoth
Washington Stealth
Philadelphia Wings
MLL Team
F. Teams
Toronto Nationals
Chicago Machine
Nationality Canada
NLL Draft 8th overall, 2006
Philadelphia Wings
Pro career 2007present
Shoots Right
Nickname Nooch

Jonathan "Athan" Iannucci (born April 15, 1982 in New Westminster, British Columbia) is a professional lacrosse player. He played collegiate lacrosse at Hofstra University. Iannucci plays professional lacrosse for the Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League. He was a member of the now defunct St. Regis Indians of the Ontario Lacrosse Association's Senior-A Major Series Lacrosse. He plays in the summer months for the WLA Langley Thunder.

Professional career[edit]

NLL career[edit]

Iannucci was a First Round Draft pick (8th Overall) by the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League in the 2007 NLL Entry Draft.[1] He was awarded Rookie of the Week Honors in Week 5 and Week 15 of the 2007 season,[2][3] and was also named to the 2007 All-Rookie team.[4] As a rookie, he led the Wings in goals scored.

Iannucci's second season in the league was record-setting. On April 12, 2008, Iannucci scored three goals and broke Gary Gait's National Lacrosse League record of 61 goals in a season.[5][6][7]

During 2008, Iannucci was awarded Player of the Month honours in both January[8] and February, the first time since 1996 that a player has been Player of the Month in back-to-back months.[9] He was also named player of the month for April,[10] giving him three of the four player of the month awards in the 2008 season. He led the league in goals, points, and shots on goal,[11] was named Offensive and Overall Player of the Week in week 16, was named to both the starting All-Star team and the First All-Pro team. His stellar season was capped off when he was named 2008 NLL Most Valuable Player, the first Wings player to do so since Gary Gait in 1997.

In June 2008, Iannucci suffered two meniscal tears in his knee, and underwent successful knee surgery in July.[12] He did not play again until Philadelphia's third game of the 2009 season,[13] but left that game after only playing a few minutes. Iannucci sat out the 2010 NLL season to undergo further surgery, a right leg ligament reconstruction.

After scoring 61 points with the Wings in 2011, Philadelphia traded Iannucci to the Edmonton Rush with teammates Alex Turner and Brodie McDonald, along with Philadelphia's first round draft picks in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In exchange, the Wings acquired Edmonton transition player Brodie Merrill, Rush forwards Dean Hill, Mike McLellan, and Edmonton's 41st selection in the 2011 entry draft, and the 4th round selection in 2013.[14]

Iannucci never signed a contract with the Rush, and on February 13, 2012, he was traded to the Washington Stealth for Paul Rabil.[15]

After two seasons in Washington, Iannucci was released by the Stealth prior to the 2014 season[16] but only two weeks into the season, he was signed by the Colorado Mammoth.[17]

MLL[edit]

The Chicago Machine selected Iannucci first Overall in the 2007 Major League Lacrosse Supplemental Draft,[18] though he played sparingly with the team in 2007.

He recently signed with the Toronto Nationals expansion team in 2009, but played just two games with the team before being released.

WLA/OLA career[edit]

In 2007, Iannucci won the Denny Huddleston Memorial Trophy in the Western Lacrosse Association as the league's top scorer with the New Westminster Salmonbellies. In 1999, he won the Joe Nieuwendyk Award as the top rookie in the OLA Junior A Lacrosse League.[19] In 2008, he played for St. Regis Indians of the Ontario Lacrosse Association's Senior-A Major Series Lacrosse until he injured his knee. The knee was successfully repaired by surgery and Iannucci is expected to rehabilitate for approximately 6 months, in time for the next NLL season. While playing for the Langley Thunder on August 27, 2011, the team won the Western Lacrosse Association Championship for the first time in franchise history. Iannucci is expected to play in the national Mann Cup that will be held in September 2011 at the Langley Events Centre.

College career[edit]

Iannucci attended Hofstra University. In 2006, he tied with teammate Chris Unterstein for leading scorer the nation with 80 points (62G, 18A) in 19 games. Iannucci has recovered from injuries to continue playing. While at Hofstra, Iannucci had back surgery to repair a disc herniation.[20]

Iannucci played only three years at Hofstra, after his NCAA eligibility waiver for a fourth year was denied due to his prior playing career in the Canadian summer box lacrosse leagues.

Statistics[edit]

NLL[edit]

Reference:[21]

Athan Iannucci Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts LB PIM Pts/GP LB/GP PIM/GP GP G A Pts LB PIM Pts/GP LB/GP PIM/GP

2007 Philadelphia Wings 15 30 24 54 123 19 3.60 8.20 1.27
2008 Philadelphia Wings 16 71 29 100 138 32 6.25 8.63 2.00 1 4 1 5 6 0 5.00 6.00 0.00
2009 Philadelphia Wings 10 23 14 37 38 10 3.70 3.80 1.00
2011 Philadelphia Wings 13 29 32 61 68 4 4.69 5.23 0.31
2012 Washington Stealth 11 21 24 45 33 2 4.09 3.00 0.18
2013 Washington Stealth 14 22 25 47 40 8 3.36 2.86 0.57 3 6 7 13 4 0 4.33 1.33 0.00
2014 Colorado Mammoth 10 14 19 33 21 6 3.30 2.10 0.60 1 2 2 4 2 0 4.00 2.00 0.00
2015 Colorado Mammoth 4 4 8 12 8 5 3.00 2.00 1.25
93 214 175 389 469 86 4.18 5.04 0.92 5 12 10 22 12 0 4.40 2.40 0.00
Career Total: 98 226 185 411 481 86 4.19 4.91 0.88

GP–Games played;G–Goals;A–Assists;Pts–Points;LB–Loose balls;PIM–Penalty minutes;Pts/GP–Points per page;LB/GP–Loose balls per page;PIM/GP–Penalty minutes per page;

MLL[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team GP G 2ptG A Pts LB PIM GP G 2ptG A Pts LB PIM
2007 Chicago 4 16 1 3 20 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 Toronto 2 3 0 1 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MLL Totals 6 19 1 4 24 20 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Junior "A"[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000 Coquitlam BCLA Jr A 5 10 9 19 2 0 0 0 0 0
2001 Coquitlam BCLA Jr A 20 42 25 67 27 2 0 4 4 4
2002 St. Catharines Athletics OLA Jr A 20 26 36 62 16 18 20 24 44 16
Minto Cup St. Catharines Athletics CLA -- -- -- -- -- 6 3 5 8 10
2003 Coquitlam Adanacs BCLA Jr A 24 48 47 95 51 6 10 14 24 2
Junior A Totals 69 126 117 243 96 26 30 42 72 22
Minto Cup totals -- -- -- -- -- 6 3 5 8 10

Senior "A"[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002 St. Catharines Athletics MSL 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 Coquitlam Adanacs WLA 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 New Westminster Salmonbellies WLA 10 8 11 19 2 0 0 0 0 0
2005 New Westminster Salmonbellies WLA 15 12 34 46 12 6 5 11 16 0
2006 New Westminster Salmonbellies WLA 17 44 31 75 10 10 17 13 30 14
2007 New Westminster Salmonbellies WLA 17 51 44 95 45 9 17 23 40 10
2008 St. Regis Indians MSL 5 10 9 19 2 0 0 0 0 0
2009 St. Regis Indians MSL 17 29 27 56 0 7 12 6 18 4
2011 Langley Thunder WLA 18 29 29 58 6 10 22 13 35 20
Senior A Totals 110 193 196 389 79 42 73 66 139 48

Hofstra University[edit]

     
Season Team GP G A Pts GB
2004 Hofsta University 14 16 11 27 32
2005 Hofsta University 15 27 13 40 39
2006 Hofsta University 19 62 18 80 37
Totals 48 105 42 147 108

Awards[edit]

Preceded by
John Grant, Jr.
NLL Most Valuable Player
2008
Succeeded by
Dan Dawson

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wings Select Snider In First Round Of NLL Entry Draft". Philadelphia Wings website. September 13, 2006. Retrieved 2007-04-17. 
  2. ^ "Wings' Rookies Receive NLL Weekly Honors". Philadelphia Wings website. January 31, 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-17. 
  3. ^ "Dietrich Named Player of the Week". NLL.com. April 11, 2007. Archived from the original on 22 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-17. 
  4. ^ "Benesch Named Rookie of the Year". NLL.com. May 8, 2007. Archived from the original on 12 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-08. 
  5. ^ "Iannucci Breaks Single-Season Goals Record". NLL.com. April 12, 2008. Archived from the original on 13 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  6. ^ "Philadelphia-Minnesota Boxscore". Pointstreak. April 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  7. ^ Gabriel, Kerith (April 17, 2008). "From cellar to stellar for Wings' Iannucci". Philly.com. Retrieved 2008-04-17. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Iannucci & Thomson sweep Monthly Awards". NLL.com. February 5, 2008. Archived from the original on 7 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  9. ^ "Iannucci and Point Win Monthly Awards". NLL.com. March 4, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  10. ^ "Iannucci Named April Player of the Month". NLL.com. April 29, 2008. Archived from the original on 3 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-01. 
  11. ^ "Snider Breaks Loose Ball Record". NLL.com. April 29, 2008. Archived from the original on 10 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-01. 
  12. ^ "Iannucci has successful knee surgery". NLL.com. July 10, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  13. ^ "Boston Defeats Philly 13-11; Rematch Tonight". NLL.com. January 23, 2009. Archived from the original on 31 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  14. ^ "Wings Acquire Brodie Merrill in Six-Player Deal". Laxpower.com. August 9, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  15. ^ "Rabil & Iannucci moved in West Division blockbuster". February 13, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  16. ^ Chavez, Bob (December 16, 2013). "Iannucci, Hill released by Vancouver Stealth". Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Mammoth add Iannucci". IL Indoor. January 15, 2014. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Chicago Machine (MLL) takes Iannucci with first overall pick". Chicago Machine website. December 5, 2006. Retrieved 2007-04-17. 
  19. ^ "Bible of Lacrosse New Westminster Stats". Bible-of-Lacrosse.com. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  20. ^ Neil Stevens (February 6, 2007). "Iannucci's progress pleases doctor who surgically repaired his back". Canadian Press. Retrieved 2007-04-17. [dead link]
  21. ^ "National Lacrosse League Pointstreak Stats". NLL.com. Retrieved February 23, 2015.