Lord knows, we write and write and write here at ILIndoor. We do our best to recap stories and even predict outcomes in the National Lacrosse League. And with so much NLL ball to follow these days, there’s plenty for us to write. But sometimes, it’s best to just take a step back and let the players in this drama do the talking. So that’s what we’re going to do here as we compile the best quotes from players, coaches and executives following the Rochester Knighthawks’ third straight NLL title, which they clinched by beating the Calgary Roughnecks on Saturday night. Check out what players and coaches had to say to various media outlets after the game.
“I’ll be honest with you — it was a little bit eerie and a little back to reminiscing of the old days, seeing the old hotel and the rooms and up in the elevators. It’s kind of where it all started for me, and it’s a special place, and Rochester has a special place in my heart. But I’ll reiterate, it’s about the boys — and we’re here to do a job.”
Calgary coach Curt Malawsky, to the Calgary Sun, on Friday when Calgary arrived in Rochester.
“We know what we have in this locker room and I’m just so proud of this team, it’s unbelievable. It starts with Curt Styres all the way down.”
Rochester transition man Joe Walters, to the Democrat and Chronicle, after winning the Champion’s Cup.
“If I took my shirt off it’d probably be wringing wet. We just try to put ourself in position to compete and be a competitor and that’s all we can do from year to year and the guys just want more and more.”
Rochester owner and general manager Curt Styres, to the Democrat and Chronicle, admitting how nervous he was during Saturday’s games.
“I knew the night before. I went out and practised and felt really good and chatted with Curt, and I can’t imagine how tough that decision was for him — I made it really hard on him.”
Calgary faceoff ace Geoff Snider, to the Calgary Sun, on the decision to keep him on the bench for Saturday’s games in Rochester after he tore an MCL in a May 3 playoff game.
“He’s quiet and he’s smart. He lives and breathes lacrosse every day and that has a lot to do with our success. When your owner is that passionate and that focused on winning, that just bleeds down through the system.”
Rochester forward Cody Jamieson, to the Democrat and Chronicle, on the approach of team owner/GM Curt Styres.
“The second game, it could have gone either way. I thought we managed our time well with our goaltenders and rested some legs. Guys came out hungry, and we were two minutes and fourteen seconds away from being successful.”
Calgary coach Curt Malawsky, to NLL.com.
“It’s tough to swallow. When all is said and done, we played hard till the end. And unfortunately, we were one goal short.”
Calgary forward Shawn Evans, to NLL.com.
“We’ve been battling since December, and to end like that … in a league where everyone has other jobs and everyone makes so many commitments, it’s really tough — and it’s not like any other sport in the world in that sense. We’re not full-time guys, and we don’t get paid a lot of money. I don’t think the average fan knows that — it’s not a lot — and it’s a big sacrifice. It’s tough to go in that locker room and look everyone in the eye. Because you feel like you let guys down.”
Calgary defenseman and team captain Andrew McBride, to the Calgary Sun.
“I’d be lying to you if I didn’t think there was destiny on our side. We believed in ourselves, and, I think, that’s why the guys are so upset, because they honestly believed that destiny was on our side. Two minutes and 14 seconds away, and I thought it was, too.”
Calgary coach Curt Malawsky, to the Calgary Sun.
“These guys will be back, and they’ll be even hungrier, I think. It’s hard right now to put the emotions into check and all those kinds of things, but you’re hugging guys in there that put a lot of blood, sweat and tears onto that turf, so I’m proud of every one of them. … I thought last summer was long. This one will be even longer.”
Calgary general manager Mike Board, to the Calgary Sun.
“Everyone says you have to hold your head high when you lose, and it’s an easy cliché, and I really believe these men should hold their head high. Two minutes and 14 seconds away. I couldn’t be prouder of the Calgary Roughnecks and the men in that room.”
Calgary coach Curt Malawsky, to the Calgary Herald.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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