The Philadelphia Wings have re-signed Brett Manney (pictured) and Ned Crotty and have agreed to terms with five others, including 2012 draft pick Mike Manley, on one-year deals. (Photo: John McCabe)
The Philadelphia Wings have signed veteran Brett Manney, draft pick Mike Manley, forwards Ned Crotty, Eric Lusby and Colin Hall, defender Tom Guadagnolo and goalie Jake Lazore to one-year contracts for the 2013 National Lacrosse League season.
Manney, a former Delaware Blue Hen and Philadelphia local, enters his fifth season in the league, third with the Wings. The defender finished the 2012 season with 41 loose balls and 15 forced turnovers and has developed into a mainstay on the Wings' defense.
Manley, Philadelphia's first pick (32nd overall) in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft, was an All-American at Duke University last season. The defenseman helped lead the Blue Devils to a 15-5 record by forcing 27 turnovers and recovering 52 loose balls.
The left-handed forward Crotty scored 14 points (2+12) in only eight games last season. A former All-American and Tewaaraton Trophy winner (NCAA's best player) at Duke University, Crotty recovered 31 loose balls in 2012.
Lusby, a member of Loyola Maryland’s 2012 NCAA National Championship squad, scored four goals in the Greyhounds 9-3 win over rival Maryland in the final game. The Severna Park, MD native set an NCAA record for most goals in the tournament, with 17 goals over a four-game span.
Guadagnolo captained the Syracuse Orangemen to a national championship in 2008 and 2009. The 5’11” transition player looks to add depth to the Wings roster in 2013.
The Philadelphia Wings will open the 2013 regular season at home against the Buffalo Bandits on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center.