George Downey IV invited to Philadelphia Wings training camp
Class of 2011
Marywood men's lacrosse alumnus George Downey IV '11 earned a chance to try out for the Philadelphia Wings, a professional lacrosse in the National Lacrosse League (NLL).
"Ever since it was announced that the Wings were coming back to town, it has been my goal to fight for an active roster spot and ultimately play for the city of Philadelphia." George said. "Thank you to (Philadelphia Wings) coaches and GM for giving me this opportunity to not only try out, but to play some high quality lacrosse with some of the best in the league! Thank you to my parents for all that they have done to get me to where I am today and thanks to my brothers for keeping the sibling rivalry alive which pushed me to never stop trying to be better (than them)."
George played for the Pacers from 2008-2011, playing in the conference championship game twice. He still holds the record at Marywood for most ground balls and highest faceoff win percentage in a career as well as highest faceoff win percentage in a single season (2011).
The Wings are one of two new expansion teams in the NLL. Philadelphia originally had a team (also called the Philadelphia Wings) in the NLL for 28 years from 1987 to 2014. That team relocated to New England in 2014 and are now known as the New England Black Wolves.
The Wings will kick off their inaugural season December 15th at home against the Buffalo Bandits.