National Lacrosse League Week 1 Picks

Defending champs, Rochester Knighthawks open 2013 season in Washington
Defending champs, Rochester Knighthawks open 2013 season in Washington

The first game of 2013 National Lacrosse League season kicks off this weekend with the Washington Stealth hosting 2012 Champions Cup winners the Rochester Knighthawks at the Comcast Arena in Everett Saturday at 10pm ET.

With only a single game this weekend, all eyes will be on this matchup to see if the reigning champs can defeat the 2012 last place team.  The Knighthawks have retained most of their championship team with notable additions of Casey Powell and Dan and Paul Dawson. The Stealth, the only team not to play an exhibition game, armed with new captain Kyle Sorensen and quite a few new faces will be eager to prove themselves after their dismal 2012 season which saw them win only 4 games.

In their only 2012 meeting, Rochester topped Washington 15-12. Dating back to 2000, Rochester has a 11-4 record against the Stealth.

Here’s how the IL Indoor staff sees the first 2013 game playing out:

Washington vs. Rochester
“The Stealth will be eager to show how hard they’ve been working to turn around last year’s disappointment, but the Knighthawks will be too strong in this game. Especially with Dawson and Powell in the lineup.” – Chavez

“I’m going to say Washington comes out jacked up to show last year was not the real Stealth, Tyler Richards has an awesome game and the home team pulls out the opening win over the defending champs.” – Stamp

“They are the defending champs and deserve to start the season as the favourite to win. Slight edge with deeper stable of forwards. Should be a close one.” -Pilson

Week 1 Picks

Chavez
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Stamp
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Shanny
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Bridgman
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Jenner
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O’Neill
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Pilson
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Saturday
Roc @ Wash

Slight advantage Knighthawks. But tell us fans, who ya got?

Rochester Knighthawks at Washington Stealth
Saturday, January 5th - Comcast Arena - 10:00 PM EST

Who Ya Got - Week 1

  • Rochester Knighthawks (88%, 672 Votes)
  • Washington Stealth (12%, 96 Votes)

Total Voters: 768

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