May 16, 2012

Jones, Crowley Among NLL All-Rookie Selections

from press releases

The National Lacrosse League has announced the All-Rookie Team for the 2012 season. Rookie of the Year Adam Jones of the Colorado Mammoth is joined by Kevin Crowley of the Philadelphia Wings, Jordan MacIntosh and Evan Kirk of the Minnesota Swarm and Johnny Powless and Stephen Keogh of the East Division Champion Rochester Knighthawks round out the remainder of the squad.

The third overall selection in the 2011 NLL Entry Draft from Canisius, Jones led all rookies with 76 points on 29 goals and 47 assists to win the Rookie of the Year Award. Jones' 29 goals broke the Mammoth franchise's single-season rookie record set by Brian Langtry in 2003.

“I’m happy for Adam, and I know he has a long and bright future ahead of him in the NLL,” said Mammoth president & general manager Steve Govett.

Crowley, the top overall pick last September from Stony Brook, was the rookie leader with 36 goals and finished second with 71 points. He also collected 81 loose balls and was named Rookie of the Week three times to help the Wings reach the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

MacIntosh, taken fourth overall from RIT, led the Swarm's rookies with 51 points (23 goals, 28 assists) and was fifth in the NLL with 153 loose balls - also a Minnesota team record - and fourth with 151 face-off wins. He was named the league's rookie of the week once and Transition Player of the Week twice. He was also voted as Rookie of the Month for March.

Kirk, selected sixth overall from Hobart, was the only qualifying goaltender to allow fewer than 10 goals per game (9.81). Kirk, who had a 4-4 record with an .807 save percentage, was twice named Rookie of the Week and also took Rookie of the Month honors for February

MacIntosh and Kirk helped Minnesota post a 9-7 record and reach the West Divisional Semifinals.

"All around, we couldn't have asked for more from our first round picks in (Jordan) and (Evan)," head coach and associate general manager Joe Sullivan said. "Both of them exceeded our expectations and have been great people to our organization."

Powless and Keogh were key to the Knighthawks reaching the Champion's Cup final for the first time since winning it in 2007. The fifth overall pick from Six Nations, Ontario, Powless totaled 50 points (26 goals, 24 assists) in 16 games and had only 10 penalty minutes to win the NLL's Sportsmanship Award.

Powless was a three-time winner of the league's Rookie of the Week award, including back-to-back honors in April.

Keogh, the second overall pick from Syracuse, was third among rookie scorers with 58 points (26 goals, 32 assists). He was named the league's top rookie for Week 17.

Rochester will face Edmonton in the Champion's Cup final at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday night from the Blue Cross Arena and broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

The announcements of 2012 NLL Season Awards continues Thursday with the All-Pro teams. The awards are voted on by the league's board of governors, general managers and head coaches.

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