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What they’re saying: 2014 Champion’s Cup

Shawn Evans, right, and the Roughnecks left it all on the floor but fell just short. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)
Shawn Evans, right, and the Roughnecks left it all on the floor but fell just short. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)

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. READ MORE »


NLL 3 Stars: Champions Cup Games 2 and 3

Dan Dawson accepts the Champions Cup MVP from Commissioner George Daniel. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Dan Dawson accepts the Champions Cup MVP from Commissioner George Daniel. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

How much difference can one player make to a team? As we saw on Saturday night, a lot. Rochester was a good team before Dan Dawson arrived in a trade with Philadelphia. They won the 2012 Champions Cup without him. But he showed in Game 2 of the National Lacrosse League championship series just how valuable he can be. Dawson is a steadying presence who makes the players around him better. He’s also a very talented and intelligent player. Without him in Game 1, Rochester’s offence just never seemed to find its rhythm. With him back for Game 2, the offence flowed. That, along with his hat trick and total of 5 assists in the regular and mini games, is why he was named MVP of the Champions Cup despite not having played the first game, and it’s why he is our first star this week. Make the jump to see the full list of stars from the final weekend of the season. READ MORE »


Rochester Knighthawks complete 3-peat by beating Calgary Roughnecks 16-10 and 3-2

The Rochester Knighthawks won their third straight Champions Cup.
The Rochester Knighthawks won their third straight Champions Cup.

The Rochester Knighthawks have done it again, winning their third straight National Lacrosse League championship in dramatic fashion. Rochester scored three times in the final 2:14 of the mini game to snatch the Champions Cup from the Calgary Roughnecks with a 3-2 victory in the mini game after taking Game 2 16-10. Craig Point scored two of the three mini-game goals while Joe Walters scored the other and set up both of Point’s markers in the 10-minute deciding contest. Dan Dawson had returned from injury to lead the Knighthawks to the Game 2 win, controlling the flow of the offence and scoring 3 goals and 4 assists to lead all scorers. Cody Jamieson added 3 goals and 3 assists and Stephen Keogh 3 goals and 1 assist. Shawn Evans and Curtis Dickson scored the Calgary goals in the mini game. Dickson had a hat trick in Game 2 for Calgary, as did Jeff Shattler. Dickson added 3 assists and Shattler 2. READ MORE »


Champions Cup live blog


I’m here at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester for the Champions Cup finale and will be live blogging the game’s highlights throughout the evening. Teams are on the floor right now (7:32 pm) for warmups. The first bit of news is that Dan Dawson is warming up with the Rochester power play. He looks like he’s ready to go, but no word yet on whether he’ll be able to play. At the other end of the floor, Geoff Snider is also on the floor in his Calgary uniform for warmups. We’ll keep you updated on their status and all the key developments in the game, so make the jump and scroll down as the game goes along to keep updated. READ MORE »


Calgary’s Ranger ponders lacrosse future with Champion’s Cup within reach

Veteran Scott Ranger didn't say he was retiring after this season, but the thought has crossed his mind. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Veteran Scott Ranger didn't say he was retiring after this season, but the thought has crossed his mind. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

New baby, new job. Anyone who’s been through that knows how that can suck up spare time and Scott Ranger is learning that first-hand. He missed 7 games in the regular season because of a new teaching job and he and his wife have a second baby on the way. So the veteran forward is going into tonight’s Game 2 of the Champion’s Cup finals against the Rochester Knighthawks with extreme focus because, truth be told, he’s not sure what his lacrosse future holds. “To be in this position when your career is winding up, it’s definitely something that you want to go out on top and be able to look back and say you’ve laid everything out on the line,” he told the Calgary Sun. So is this Ranger’s way of saying this is it? “Not for sure, but with two little ones at home and not living in town, it’s getting harder and harder to make these trips,” Ranger said. “It’s something I’ll have to think about it in the off-season, but it’s getting closer and closer each year.”


NLL Champion’s Cup Staff Picks: Game 2 and Cup Winner

The 2014 NLL Champs will be named this weekend as the Roughnecks and Knighthawks battle in the final game of the season Saturday in Rochester. (Photo: Brad Watson)
The 2014 NLL Champs will be named this weekend as the Roughnecks and Knighthawks battle in the final game of the season Saturday in Rochester. (Photo: Brad Watson)

Will it be a third NLL Champion’s Cup in franchise history for the Calgary Roughnecks or a third consecutive Cup for the Rochester Knighthawks? Will it be a sweep for the Riggers who won game one or come down to another mini-game if the K-Hawks win game two?

The pair met only once in the regular season, an 11-10 overtime home win for the Roughnecks back at the end of February. All-time, the Knighthawks are 3-1 against Calgary when playing in Rochester. As we’ve seen so far, playing at home has been advantageous as the home team is 7-2 so far this post-season.
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Family connections, memories fuel lacrosse passion for Calgary’s Dane Dobbie

Calgary's Dane Dobbie says he's inspired by the memory, and encouragement, of his late grandfather. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Calgary's Dane Dobbie says he's inspired by the memory, and encouragement, of his late grandfather. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

There are some instincts in lacrosse that can’t be coached, but they can be encouraged. And for the scoring instincts that drive Dane Dobbie, he credits his late grandfather. “He was the first guy to put a stick in my hand,” Dobbie told the Calgary Sun of Bob Dobbie, a Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Famer who died in December 2012. “I used to play in his backyard when my parents would go to work as a kid, and he’s someone I always looked up to. … It’s been tough not seeing him, but I know he’s there at heart. I do miss him, but he’s always proud of me no matter what. We’re going to go win this, and I’ll win it for him.” The Roughnecks hold a 1-0 series lead over the Rochester Knighthawks in the Champion’s Cup finals and can clinch their first title since 2009 with a win in Rochester on Saturday. And if his “guarantee” seems bold, consider this: “I won a championship in my second year playing NLL and maybe I thought it came too easy,” Dobbie said. “To be in this position, you don’t want to let it go.”


Rookie season has been a ‘helluva ride’ for Calgary’s Garrett McIntosh

Rookie Garrett McIntosh has stepped in admirably to help out with faceoffs for the Calgary Roughnecks. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Rookie Garrett McIntosh has stepped in admirably to help out with faceoffs for the Calgary Roughnecks. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

Rookies rarely tend to be “rookies” in the National Lacrosse League, and Garrett McIntosh is proving that with his role for the Calgary Roughnecks. The big defenseman out of Coquitlam, B.C., was a steady contributor during the regular season but his role expanded suddenly when veteran faceman man Geoff Snider went down with a knee injury. The Riggers called on McIntosh to help fill the void for draws, and he’s relied on his talents with a boost from Snider’s advice. “I can’t disclose all my tricks just yet, but he’s definitely taught me a few of the tricks of the trade,” McIntosh told the Calgary Herald as the Roughnecks prepare for Saturday’s Game 2 of the National Lacrosse League finals in Rochester. “… he’s taught me a lot of good things that keep me strong over top of the ball.” But no matter what he’s doing on the floor for Calgary, the chance to be so close to an NLL title makes it tough to keep cool, he admits. “Emotions are just going wild right now,” he said. “The games are very exhausting, emotionally and physically. It’s been a helluva ride.”


Who Ya Got? Champion’s Cup Finals

Can 2012 and 2013 Champion's Cup MVP Cody Jamieson lead the Knighthawks to their third consecutive Cup? (Photo: Brad Watson)
Can 2012 and 2013 Champion's Cup MVP Cody Jamieson lead the Knighthawks to their third consecutive Cup? (Photo: Brad Watson)

Will it be a third NLL Champion’s Cup in franchise history for the Calgary Roughnecks or a third consecutive Cup for the Rochester Knighthawks? Will it be a sweep for the Riggers who won game one or come down to another mini-game if the K-Hawks win game two?

Scoring the first goal two minutes into the game, the Roughnecks kept their playoff party rocking in front of nearly 17,000 enthusiastic fans last weekend as they held the lead against the Knighthawks for the entire game.

The Rochester Knighthawks find themselves in a similar situation as the Division Finals; they lost game one to the Buffalo Bandits before winning game two and then advancing to the finals by winning in overtime after tying the mini-game. Can they do it again? Or do the Roughnecks keep their momentum rolling and win their first Champion’s Cup since 2009? READ MORE »


NLL Team Reports, Champion’s Cup edition: Calgary on verge of clinching its 3rd Cup

Mike Kirk, right, and the Rochester defense must contain Curtis Dickson and the Calgary Roughnecks offense if they want to win another National Lacrosse League title. (Photo: Brad Watson)
Mike Kirk, right, and the Rochester defense must contain Curtis Dickson and the Calgary Roughnecks offense if they want to win another National Lacrosse League title. (Photo: Brad Watson)

It all started back in December with training camps and practices. It culminates Saturday night in Rochester, where the Knighthawks will either celebrate their third straight National Lacrosse League championship, or the Calgary Roughnecks will celebrate their first NLL title in 5 seasons. The Roughnecks certainly have momentum on their side after last weekend’s Game 1 win in which the defense forced all sorts of disruption to the Rochester flow. But the Knighthawks are no stranger to the pressure they’re facing on Saturday. They’re 8-1 (including mini-game) over the last 3 seasons in the NLL playoffs and if they want that third title, they’ll have to be 9-1 by the time the smoke clears on Saturday. On the other hand, the Riggers have never lost in a game that decided a championship, so something’s got to give. What that is remains to be seen. READ MORE »