Bowhunter Cup: Iroquois Nationals defeat U.S. 12-10 in spirited battle in Rochester

The third edition of the Bowhunter Cup is in the books and the Iroquois Nationals have a 12-10 victory to their credit here in Rochester, N.Y. Cody Jamieson scored 3 goals for the Nationals and Grant Catalino led the way for the Americans with 4 goals. It was not your run-of-the-mill exhibition game where defense was forsaken and offense was center stage. There was plenty of talent on display and the emotions were hot at times. Clearly, this was a game of pride and the young American squad gave the Iroquois all they could handle as the Nationals didn’t lock up their win until the final seconds. Check back Monday with ILIndoor on Monday for a recap with reaction, or check after the jump here to find out how the game unfolded.

Grant Catalino puts the U.S. up 1-0 with an underhand rip at 11:36 past Thompson. U.S. 1, Iroquois 0

Cody Jamieson at 9:18 for the Iroquois. It’s a patented run of his, starting from Henhhawk’s left side and Jammer curls around the top to beat Henhawk. U.S. 1, Iroquois 1.

Brett Bucktooth finishes a pass from Jeff Shattler at the 7:40 mark. It caps a 2-on-1 break and gives the Iroquois a 2-0 lead.

With Mitch Belisle off for a 2-minute hold, the Iroquois take a 3-1 lead when Jeff Shattler buries one on the doorstep at 5:03. It took a few chances for the Iroquois before they finally cashed in. The youthful American team is putting up a nice effort.

Mike Manley (U.S.) and Cody Jamieson (Iroquois) each sent off at about 3:30, each drawing roughing calls after a battle for a loose ball. Jammer didn’t like something Manley did and came out swinging.

Iroquois take a 4-1 lead at 3:25 when Johnny Powless beats Henhawk.

U.S. is back on the board at 2:32, cutting the Iroquois lead to 4-2. Joe Resetarits scored the goal with help from Joe Walters and Catalino, burying a shot to Thompson’s stick side.

Another U.S. goal, this one at 2:03, to cut the lead to 4-3. Give the goal to Brett Queener with help from Andrew Spack and David Earl.

Iroquois goal from Bucktooth at about 1:15, then another quick one from Joe Hall at 1:09 puts the Iroquois lead back at 3 goals, 6-3.

Anyone out there surprised to hear that Brandon Francis is sent off for 2 minutes for cross-checking?

That’s how the first quarter ends, with the Iroquois leading 6-3 and the U.S. having 1:40 left on its man-up opportunity with Francis in the bin. The young American team is definitely overmatched for this game, especially without Powell here tonight. But the U.S. is doing a great job and keeping the energy level up and dictating the pace of much of the play.

At 14:10 of the second quarter, Catalino scores a powerful power play goal to cut the Iroquois lead to 6-4.

For being an exhibition game, there’s plenty of attitude out there tonight. After we saw Jammer and Manley flapping gums earlier, Catalino is trading verbal japs with Francis and Smith as they run back to the benches during a shift change. Should be interesting to see what happens as the game progresses.

Iroquois take a 7-4 lead at 8:24 when Jamieson leaves Joe Smith in the dust from the left side with an inside roll and shovels a shot past Henhawk’s stick side.

The U.S. makes it 7-5 with a goal at around 6:20 from Resetarits. He cranks it hard from Thompson’s stick side and the ball barely gets past Thompson, but it bounces off the post, off of Thompson and into the cage.

Craig Point (Iroquois) and Matt Lovejoy (U.S.) started to throw down at 3:23 and Lovejoy was more than eager to dance. Point got in a shot or two as Lovejoy swung a couple of wild ones before the refs stepped in to stop the fight. They did Lovejoy a favor.

Resetarits and Tom Montour are pretty animated with their conversation during a shift change. We already have Lovejoy and Point in the box for 7 minutes each (roughing, fighting). And now Francis is swinging the lumber on the crease with a bit of oomph as we close in on the end of the first half.

Iroquois take a 7-5 lead into halftime. Second half should be interesting. It’s exhibition lacrosse. Do the guys settle it down or will they settle scores the old-fashioned way?

The Nationals take an 8-5 lead with a Jeremy Thompson goal at 14:16.

Jamieson scores his third, a power-play goal, at 12:16 fr a 9-5 Nations lead. It was a pure power goal, ripping an overhand shot from up top to get past Henhawk, his Rochester Knighthawks teammate.

Brandon Spillet, a late addition to the American squad, gives the U.S. its first goal of the second half at 10:39. Iroquois 9, U.S. 6

Catalino records a hat trick for the U.S., scoring his third goal at 8:37. It’s the same as his first 2 goals, an underhand rip from 12 o’clock in front of Thompson. Iroquois 9, U.S. 7.

The Nations respond promptly with Craig Point scoring his first at 8:14. Iroquois 10, U.S. 7

Catalino. Up top. Underhanded. Again. But hey, it’s working. The Americans are within 2 goals with 4:24 left in the third quarter and that’s much closer than many thought we’d be at this point. Iroquois 10, U.S. 8

David Earl with the goal of the game so far at 4:13. Breakaway, and he corrals a high pass on the crease and in one motion pulls off a shot from behind his head from the left side to beat Thompson on the run. Iroquois 10, U.S. 9

Another heated scrum in the U.S. end and Jamieson emerges tangled up with Donny Moss, former Adelphi U. standout and a graduate of Aquinas Institute here in Rochester. It’s almost as if Jammer is looking for a fight in this tight contest. Both are sent off for 2 minutes at around 3 minutes.

In the final minute and it’s still a 1-goal game. It’s a pretty tense affair and Lovejoy tried to start something with Shattler. The classy vet did Lovejoy a favor and quickly pulled Lovejoy’s sweater up and over his head to shut down any chance of a tilt. Both are being sent off anyway, with Shattler getting 4 for roughing and Lovejoy getting 2 for roughing. It’s 4-on-4 lacrosse through the end of the third.

And that’s how the third quarter ends. The Iroquois lead 10-9 and have 2 in the box, while Lovejoy sits for the U.S. Fourth quarter is about to get underway. Should be a spirited final 15 minutes.

It’s getting crowded in the box as emotions flare. Jamieson took a hit to the head from Joe Smith as he drove to the cage around the 14-minute mark. Jammer didn’t like the check and let Smith know as they trotted back to the benches. Tom Montour greeted Smith at the bench and some punches were traded, but the refs stepped in. We love physical lacrosse, but this one’s close to getting out of control.

Catalino to the box for 2 minutes for tripping at 12:43.

The Iroquois score their first goal of the fourth quarter to take an 11-9 lead at 12:46. Give the goal to Johnny Powless.

The U.S. is on the board with a gift goal for Joel White. The Knighthawks tranny jumped the crease from Thompson’s right and the shot was initially blocked by Thompson. But the rebound found its way past Thompson and crossed the line — while White lay in the crease. Refs signal goal, so it’s 11-10 Iroquois at 9:39.

Sid Smith to the box for the Nationals at 9:39 as an argument develops near the benches. He got 2 minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Score remains Iroquois 11-10 with 7:30 left.

Score remains Iroquois 11-10 with 1:45 left.

Bad turnover gives U.S. the ball with 1:16 left.

Cody Jamieson on defense intercepts a pass but can’t keep the ball in his stick as he advances. The ball is kicked around a bit and the U.S. gains possession. Timeout called wiht 50.5 seconds left.

Penalty shot awarded to U.S. (too many men on floor for Iroquois) and Resetarits takes it, but is denied by Thompson at 17.7 seconds.

Empty net goal by Joe Hall with 1.6 seconds left will seal this deal for the Iroquois, who lead 12-10.

And that’s a wrap. The Iroquois win the heated game 12-10 and the fellas are shaking hands — peacefully — on the War Memorial floor here in Rochester.

Curt Styres is on the floor to present the Cup to Jamieson, team captain for the Nationals. But Jamieson defers and sends goalie Mike Thompson out to accept the trophy. It’s a classy move as Thompson heads into retirement from lacrosse and will have accepting the Cup as his final lacrosse memory.

Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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