Athan Iannucci

Athan Iannucci

Infobox Lacrosse Player

image_size = 150px
position = Forward
shoots = Right
height_ft = 6
height_in = 4
weight_lb = 215
nll_team = Philadelphia Wings
former_mll_teams = Chicago Machine
league= MSL
team= St. Regis Indians
birth_date = Birth date and age|1982|4|1|mf=y
birth_place = New Westminster, British Columbia
nationality = Canada
career_start = 2007
nickname = Nucc

Athan Iannucci (aka Jonathon) (b. April 15, 1982 in New Westminster, British Columbia) is a professional lacrosse player. He played collegiate lacrosse at Hofstra University. Iannucci plays professional indoor lacrosse for the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League. He is also a member of the St. Regis Indians of the Ontario Lacrosse Association's Senior-A Major Series Lacrosse.

Professional career

Iannucci was a First Round Draft pick (8th Overall) by the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League in the 2007 NLL Entry Draft. [cite web|url=
title=Wings Select Snider In First Round Of NLL Entry Draft|work=Philadelphia Wings website|author|date=September 13, 2006|accessdate=2007-04-17
] He was awarded Rookie of the Week Honors in Week 5 and Week 15 of the 2007 season, [cite web|url= |title=Wings' Rookies Receive NLL Weekly Honors|work=Philadelphia Wings website|date=January 31, 2007|accessdate=2007-04-17] [cite web|url=|title=Dietrich Named Player of the Week||date=April 11, 2007|accessdate=2007-04-17] and was also named to the 2007 All-Rookie team. [cite web|url=||title=Benesch Named Rookie of the Year|date=May 8, 2007|accessdate=2007-05-08] 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. [cite web|url=|title=Iannucci Breaks Single-Season Goals Record||date=April 12, 2008|accessdate=2008-04-12] [cite web|url=|title=Philadelphia-Minnesota Boxscore|work=Pointstreak|date=April 12, 2008|accessdate=2008-04-12] [cite web|url=|title=From cellar to stellar for Wings' Iannucci|author=Gabriel, Kerith||date=April 17, 2008|accessdate=2008-04-17]

During 2008, Iannucci was awarded Player of the Month honours in both January [cite web |url=|title=Iannucci & Thomson sweep Monthly Awards|accessdate=2008-02-05 |date=February 5, 2008| ] and February, the first time since 1996 that a player has been Player of the Month in back-to-back months. [cite web|url=|title=Iannucci and Point Win Monthly Awards||date=March 4, 2008|accessdate=2008-03-04] He was also named player of the month for April, [cite web|url=||title=Iannucci Named April Player of the Month|date=April 29, 2008|accessdate=2008-05-01] 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, [cite web|url=||title=Snider Breaks Loose Ball Record|date=April 29, 2008|accessdate=2008-05-01] 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.

The Chicago Machine selected Iannucci first Overall in the 2007 Major League Lacrosse Supplemental Draft, [cite web|url=
title=Chicago Machine (MLL) takes Iannucci with first overall pick|work=Chicago Machine website|author|date=December 5, 2006|accessdate=2007-04-17
] though he played sparingly with the team in 2007.

WLA/OLA career

In 2007, Iannucci won the "Denny Huddleston Memorial Trophy" in the Western Lacrosse Association as the leagues 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. [cite web |url=|title=Bible of Lacrosse New Westminster Stats|accessdate=2007-08-19|] 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.

College career

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. [cite web|url=
title=Iannucci's progress pleases doctor who surgically repaired his back|work=Canadian Press|author=Neil Stevens|date=February 6, 2007|accessdate=2007-04-17

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.



Hofstra University



NAME=Iannucci, Athan
DATE OF BIRTH=April 1, 1982
PLACE OF BIRTH=New Westminster, British Columbia

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