- Athan Iannucci
Infobox Lacrosse Player
image_size = 150px
position = Forward
shoots = Right
height_ft = 6
height_in = 4
weight_lb = 215
St. Regis Indians
birth_date = Birth date and age|1982|4|1|mf=y
New Westminster, British Columbia
nationality = Canada
career_start = 2007
nickname = Nucc
Athan Iannucci (aka Jonathon) (b.
April 15, 1982in New Westminster, British Columbia) is a professional lacrosseplayer. He played collegiate lacrosse at Hofstra University. Iannucci plays professional indoor lacrossefor the Philadelphia Wingsof the National Lacrosse League. He is also a member of the St. Regis Indiansof the Ontario Lacrosse Association's Senior-A Major Series Lacrosse.
Iannucci was a First Round Draft pick (8th Overall) by the
Philadelphia Wingsof the National Lacrosse Leaguein the 2007 NLL Entry Draft. [cite web|url=http://www.wingslax.com/article/64573/
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=http://www.wingslax.com/article/65215 |title=Wings' Rookies Receive NLL Weekly Honors|work=Philadelphia Wings website|date= January 31, 2007|accessdate=2007-04-17] [cite web|url=http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=2885|title=Dietrich Named Player of the Week|work=NLL.com|date= April 11, 2007|accessdate=2007-04-17] and was also named to the 2007 All-Rookie team. [cite web|url=http://nll.com/article.php?id=2942|work=NLL.com|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=http://nll.com/article.php?id=3425|title=Iannucci Breaks Single-Season Goals Record|work=NLL.com|date= April 12, 2008|accessdate=2008-04-12] [cite web|url=http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/boxscore.html?gameid=608840|title=Philadelphia-Minnesota Boxscore|work=Pointstreak|date= April 12, 2008|accessdate=2008-04-12] [cite web|url=http://www.philly.com/dailynews/sports/20080417_From_cellar_to_stellar_for_Wings__Iannucci.html|title=From cellar to stellar for Wings' Iannucci|author=Gabriel, Kerith|work=Philly.com|date= April 17, 2008|accessdate=2008-04-17]
During 2008, Iannucci was awarded Player of the Month honours in both January [cite web |url= http://nll.com/article.php?id=3274|title=Iannucci & Thomson sweep Monthly Awards|accessdate=2008-02-05 |date=
February 5, 2008|work=NLL.com ] and February, the first time since 1996 that a player has been Player of the Month in back-to-back months. [cite web|url=http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=3343|title=Iannucci and Point Win Monthly Awards|work=NLL.com|date= March 4, 2008|accessdate=2008-03-04] He was also named player of the month for April, [cite web|url=http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=3461|work=NLL.com|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=http://nll.com/article.php?id=3458|work=NLL.com|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 Gaitin 1997.
Chicago Machineselected Iannucci first Overall in the 2007 Major League LacrosseSupplemental Draft, [cite web|url=http://www.chicagomachine.com/news/?id=7166
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.
In 2007, Iannucci won the "Denny Huddleston Memorial Trophy" in the
Western Lacrosse Associationas 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=http://bible-of-lacrosse.com/newstats/newwest07.txt|title=Bible of Lacrosse New Westminster Stats|accessdate=2007-08-19|work=Bible-of-Lacrosse.com] In 2008, he played for St. Regis Indiansof the Ontario Lacrosse Association's Senior-A Major Series Lacrosseuntil 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.
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=http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/070206/sports/lacr_wings_iannucci&printer=1
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
SHORT DESCRIPTION=Lacrosse player
DATE OF BIRTH=
April 1, 1982
PLACE OF BIRTH=
New Westminster, British Columbia
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