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Six Nations Council honors Knighthawks

The Rochester Knighthawks were honored for winning their third straight NLL championship. (Photo: Provided)
The Rochester Knighthawks were honored for winning their third straight NLL championship. (Photo: Provided)

The Six Nations Council honored the Rochester Knighthawks Wednesday for winning their National Lacrosse League record third straight Champion’s Cup. Knighthawks President Lewis Staats and Assistant General Manager Landon Miller accepted the plaque commemorating the 2014 Championship Season from Six Nations Elected Chief G. Ava Hill at the Community Hall. The presentation preceded the first of an inspirational speakers’ series initiated by the Chief Hill. “I thought it was fitting to have the Champion’s Cup there with what they’re trying to do with setting goals,” said Staats. READ MORE »


Championship run with Knighthawks for Paul Dawson is ’super special’

Paul Dawson has been a key part of Rochester's success. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)
Paul Dawson has been a key part of Rochester's success. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)

Rochester Knighthawks defenseman Paul Dawson has seen some action in nearly every aspect of the game of lacrosse, from goaltending to driving to the other end of the turf and taking his shot on the goal. The eight-year pro, who was originally drafted into the National Lacrosse League as a goalie, made the transition to defender after his first season in the league. Paul and his brother Dan made their way to Rochester in 2012, where they won their first-ever Champion’s Cup. Paul even managed to get his name on the score sheet more than once during the Knighthawks’ 2014 season, showing that he can take part on both ends of the field. READ MORE »


NHL draft brings fond memories to Brad Self

Brad Self gave pro hockey a go before joining the Rochester Knighthawks. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Brad Self gave pro hockey a go before joining the Rochester Knighthawks. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

With the National Hockey League Entry Draft on Friday night, Brad Self remembers the day that changed his fortunes in two professional sports. It was June 26, 1999, and Bill Clinton was in the White House, the San Antonio Spurs were champions of the NBA for the first time, and Ricky Martin had the top album in the country. For Self, it was a normal Saturday in his hometown of Peterborough, Ontario, which meant playing sports, more importantly, lacrosse. The Peterborough Lakers star was taking part in the Junior “A” All-Star with the top lacrosse prospects in Canada. What he didn’t realize was that 540 miles away, he was realizing his childhood dream in his other sport of hockey. READ MORE »


Boxla Beat: Dan Dawson, Matt Vinc and Scott Self on the Champions Edition

Scott Self runs the ball up the floor in the Champions Cup final. Now he's on Boxla Beat. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman)
Scott Self runs the ball up the floor in the Champions Cup final. Now he's on Boxla Beat. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman)

It was a comeback for the ages and one of the most exciting finishes to a lacrosse game you’ll see. It also gave the Rochester Knighthawks their third straight Champions Cup. This week on Boxla Beat I talk to three members of the National Lacrosse League champion Knighthawks about the game, the team, the celebration and more. Dan Dawson was named the MVP of the Champions Cup finals after returning from missing Game 1 with an injury to lead Rochester with 7 points in Game 2. His presence meant just as much as his points, too, as he has a calming influence on the offence. Matt Vinc once again made a big save right at the buzzer to preserve the win in the mini game, just as he had done last year in the final. Now he’s looking for another title as he coaches at the Ontario high school boys field lacrosse championships. Scott Self scored a shorthanded goal in Game as well as providing solid defence for the K’Hawks. He was right back on the floor, playing for the Peterborough Lakers Monday night in Oakville. It’s not much time for a turnaround but it’s what lacrosse players do, right? As an added bonus, since it’s time for fans to nominate who they’d like to see on the NLL Hall of Fame ballot this year, I ask each played who he’d like to see nominated. Enjoy the conversations on the Champions edition of Boxla Beat.


Knighthawks’ Cody Jamieson to receive award for his work in promoting lacrosse

Cody Jamieson will be honored in Rochester for his work in promoting lacrosse. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)
Cody Jamieson will be honored in Rochester for his work in promoting lacrosse. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)

What Rochester Knighthawks Cody Jamieson has achieved the past three seasons would rival anything in professional sports. Jamieson has led the Knighthawks to a National Lacrosse League record three straight Champion’s Cup victories, while also teaching kids throughout the United States, Canada and First Nations communities about the game of lacrosse. Committed to sharing the “Creator’s Game,” the Six Nations product has participated in “Walk With Us” events in an effort to grow the game among First Nations youth, helping kids embrace their cultural heritage. This past season, Jamieson and his Knighthawks teammates handed out dozens of sticks, donated by Team 22 and Under Armour®, as part of the “Walk With Us” stick giveaway program. READ MORE »


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: The Genesee River Dynasty

The Knighthawks have dynasty written all over them. (Photo: Casey Vock)
The Knighthawks have dynasty written all over them. (Photo: Casey Vock)

Dynasty is a powerful term, but there’s no other way to describe what’s taking place on the Genesee River.

The Rochester Knighthawks made history Saturday night, winning the NLL Champion’s Cup for a record third straight time with an unthinkable three-goal rally in the last two minutes, 14 seconds of the ten-minute tie-breaker mini-game they forced by beating the Calgary Roughnecks 16-10 in the second game of the championship series.

After losing the prior weekend 10-7 to the Roughnecks on the road in Alberta, the Knighthawks managed to overcome a pair of two-goal deficits through the first and second quarters Saturday night to seize a 7-6 lead at halftime and a 10-9 lead after three periods and then blew that out to 16-10 lead in an emotional contest played before a wild crowd at the Blue Cross Arena. 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 »