RYAN BENESCH NAMED NLL ROOKIE OF THE YEARThe National Lacrosse League continued their season award announcements today naming Ryan Benesch the 2007 Rookie of the Year, along with the additional players selected to the 2007 All-Rookie Team.
Benesch swept the Rookie goals, assists and point titles with 33 goals, 25 assists totalling 58 points. His 33 goals also place him just under the Rock's leading scorer Aaron Wilson, who finished the 2007 season with 37 goals. Ryan is the second Rock player in franchise history to receive this NLL honour. Blaine Manning was credited with the Rock first when he won NLL Rookie of the Year in 2002.
Named Rookie of the Week three times throughout the regular season and winning Rookie of the Month honours in March for his 23 points (14 goals, 9 assists) and 13 loose balls contribution, Benesch lived up to the expectations and pressure of his first year playing for the Toronto Rock. He was the first overall selection in the 2006 NLL Entry Draft and acquired in a late December 2006 trade with the San Jose Stealth along with team mates Chad Thompson and Kevin Fines as well as 2008 & 2009 entry draft selections for Colin Doyle, Darren Halls and a 2007 first round entry draft pick.
Ryan is joined by Philadelphia Wings teammates Geoff Snider and Athan Iannucci, Jamie Shewchuk and Nenad Gajic of the Colorado Mammoth and Chicago Shamrox forward Bill McGlone to make up the 2007 NLL All-Rookie Team.