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Lacrosse Spotlight:
Pair of Wings Named to 2005 National Lacrosse League All-Rookie Team

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

By Jennifer Stefani
Philadelphia Wings Correspondent

Philadelphia Wings forward Andrew Burkholder and defenseman Dan Finck were named to the 2005 Edge Advanced All-Rookie Team as chosen by the governors, general managers and coaches of the NLL's ten member clubs.

"I was very happy with the development of all three of our rookies this season," said Wings General Manager and Head Coach Lindsay Sanderson. "Both Burkholder and Finck had fantastic seasons and will be essential to the success of this team next season. Unfortunately, with the injury to (Rob) Van Beek, he wasn't able to finish out the season, but he will also be a big part of our team in 2006."

Burkholder recorded 31 points (17G, 14A) in eleven games for the Wings this season. The 5'9, 175 pound forward was named Rookie of the Week three times during the 2005 season and captured February's Rookie of the Month award. The St. Catharine's, ON native was acquired by the Wings in a trade with the Toronto Rock on December 3, 2004.

Finck finished the season with 16 points (10G, 6A) and recovered 73 loose balls in 14 games played. He received two Rookie of the Week awards during the 2005 season. The 5'10", 190-pound defenseman was drafted by the Wings in the second round (14th overall) in the 2004 NLL Entry Draft.

The remaining members of the Edge Advanced All-Rookie Team were Delby Powless of the Buffalo Bandits, Rory Glaves of the Anaheim Storm, Ryder Bateman of the Minnesota Swarm, and Ryan Boyle of the San Jose Stealth, who was also named the Edge Advanced Rookie of the Year.

This is the second straight season that the Wings have had two players named to the NLL's All-Rookie Team. Defenseman and current team captain Thomas Hajek and forward Ryan Ward (now with the Minnesota Swarm) both received All-Rookie Team awards in 2004.

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