Here’s the thing about Paul Dawson scoring 2 goals for the Rochester Knighthawks in Saturday’s 11-9 road win over the Colorado Mammoth: It’s not so much that he scored a pair as much as it is about him scoring more than his brother Dan, he of the 378 career National Lacrosse League goals. Dan had 1 goal and 4 assists in Saturday’s win, and Paul has 13 career goals. Paul earns his check has a shutdown defenseman, but he proved on Saturday that knows a good look when he sees it. “It doesn’t come very often, but I try to pride myself on (making sure) if there is an opportunity to make sure to bury it,” Paul told Knighthawks.net. “It was just one of those games where I had two chances — they arrived — and I got two goals.”
ILIndoor mistakenly Tweeted during Saturday’s game that the goals were the first for Paul since 2009. But we were looking at the career chart upside down and he did have a goal last winter and had a career high of 5 goals in the 2011 season.
What’s interesting about that 5-goal total in 2011 is that 2 goals came in 1 game against, yes, the Colorado Mammoth. It was an 11-10 win for the Philadelphia Wings on Jan. 22, so Paul Dawson now has a pair of 2-goal games to his credit, and both have come in Colorado.
Of course, this isn’t all that important in the context of the bigger picture as the Knighthawks are feeling good about getting back into the win column following a road loss to Calgary on Feb. 22. Saturday’s win puts Rochester at 6-3, half a game behind Buffalo (6-2) in the East Division.
Considering all 3 losses for Rochester this season have come by 1 goal, that 6-3 record could be much shinier in the league standings. Even still, Knighthawks fan will take it. Rochester was 4-5 at this point the last 2 winters and this 6-3 start is the team’s best start after 9 games since the 2007 team was 7-2 and went on to beat Dan Dawson, Scott Self and the Arizona Sting for the Champion’s Cup. Between 2008 and 2013, the Knighthawks have never been better than 5-4 or worse than 4-5 after 9 games.
Forward Stephen Keogh, who scored 5 goals to lead Rochester’s offense, called Saturday an ugly win. But this ain’t figure skating and victories are not determined by judges. It’s the scoreboard that counts and for the first time in a while, the scoreboard has favored the Knighthawks more often than not in the first half of a season as they chase a record-setting third straight NLL championship.
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The Edmonton Rush are 8-0 to match the 1993 Buffalo Bandits for the best start to an NLL season, but the Rush say they weren’t even thinking about that. It was more about who they beat on Friday. “I think we were more emotional about beating Toronto. We didn’t even really talk about getting to 8-0,” said rookie Riley Loewen. (Edmonton Rush) … The Rush won their third game of the season by a single goal on Friday against Toronto, and gave full marks to the Toronto offense for the test it provided. “Their offence was probably the best we’ve seen a team break us down this year. They were tough to play against,” said coach Derek Keenan. (Edmonton Sun) … The Minnesota Swarm will be collecting used lacrosse gear or cash to benefit the Gott To Lax Initiative, a Twin-Cities based non-profit organization that helps young lacrosse players. Plan to bring your gear to donate at Sunday’s March 16 game against the Toronto Rock. (Minnesota Swarm).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 email@example.com or go to RochesterSports.com.
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