Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/14/08
Philadelphia Wings forwards Merrick Thomson and Jamie Rooney were selected as members of the 2008 National Lacrosse League (NLL) All Rookie Team.
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 (26 goals, 29 assists), second only to Minnesota’s Craig Point (61). 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.
The Wings selected Rooney in the second round (22nd overall) in the 2008 NLL Dispersal Draft from Arizona. He finished the 2008 season with 43 points (20 goals, 23 assists) and 59 loose balls.
Rooney’s season was highlighted by his five-point performance (two goals, three assists) 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 victory against the Buffalo Bandits Jan. 26.