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Rochester Knighthawks Capture Third-Straight NLL Champion’s Cup Title With 3-2 Win Over Calgary


With one last Matt Vinc save at the buzzer, the Rochester Knighthawks made National Lacrosse League history by winning their third-straight Champion's Cup title. The Knighthawks defeated the Calgary Roughnecks 16-10 in Game Two and came back for a 3-2 win in the subsequent tiebreaker mini-game in front of 9,188 fans at Blue Cross Arena on Saturday night. The first quarter of Game Two was a fast-paced physical affair. The Roughnecks jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Shawn Evans and Curtis Dickson. Cody Jamieson cut the lead in half for the Knighthawks, but Daryl Veltman extended the Roughnecks' lead to 3-1. Stephen Keogh brought the Knighthawks back within one, 3-2. Then Dan Dawson, who missed Game One of the Champion's Cup Finals in Calgary, tied the game with a power play goal. The first quarter ended with the teams deadlocked at 3. Joe Walters gave the Knighthawks their first lead of the game early in the second quarter. However, the Roughnecks went on a three goal run, including two goals by Dickson to complete his hat trick and one by Jeff Shattler, to take a 6-4 lead. The Knighthawks responded with their own three goal run on goals by Keogh, Cory Vitarelli, and Jamieson to retake the lead, 7-6. A flurry of chances by both sides at the end of the first half went to the wayside, leaving the Knighthawks with a 7-6 lead over the Roughnecks at the half. Vitarelli opened the scoring in the third quarter with a Sportscenter Top 10 worthy behind-the-back goal. That goal was the first in a three-goal run for the Knighthawks finished by goals from defensemen Paul Dawson and Scott Self, giving Rochester a 10-6 lead. The Roughnecks came back with a three goal run of their own with Shattler scoring twice to complete his hat trick and Dane Dobbie adding one. The Knighthawks limped into the intermission between the third and fourth quarters with a 10-9 lead. Dan Dawson oened the scoring in the fourth quarter after snagging a rebound and diving across the crease, keying a four-goal run for the Knighthawks. Jamieson scored his third goal of the night, followed by Dan Dawson scoring his third, and Craig Point caped the run to give Rochester a 14-9 lead.

With one last Matt Vinc save at the buzzer, the Rochester Knighthawks made National Lacrosse League history by winning their third-straight Champion’s Cup title. The Knighthawks defeated the Calgary Roughnecks 16-10 in Game Two and came back for a 3-2 win in the subsequent tiebreaker mini-game in front of 9,188 fans at Blue Cross Arena on Saturday night. The first quarter of Game Two was a fast-paced physical affair. The Roughnecks jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Shawn Evans and Curtis Dickson. Cody Jamieson cut the lead in half for the Knighthawks, but Daryl Veltman extended the Roughnecks’ lead to 3-1. Stephen Keogh brought the Knighthawks back within one, 3-2. Then Dan Dawson, who missed Game One of the Champion’s Cup Finals in Calgary, tied the game with a power play goal. The first quarter ended with the teams deadlocked at 3. Joe Walters gave the Knighthawks their first lead of the game early in the second quarter. However, the Roughnecks went on a three goal run, including two goals by Dickson to complete his hat trick and one by Jeff Shattler, to take a 6-4 lead. The Knighthawks responded with their own three goal run on goals by Keogh, Cory Vitarelli, and Jamieson to retake the lead, 7-6. A flurry of chances by both sides at the end of the first half went to the wayside, leaving the Knighthawks with a 7-6 lead over the Roughnecks at the half. Vitarelli opened the scoring in the third quarter with a Sportscenter Top 10 worthy behind-the-back goal. That goal was the first in a three-goal run for the Knighthawks finished by goals from defensemen Paul Dawson and Scott Self, giving Rochester a 10-6 lead. The Roughnecks came back with a three goal run of their own with Shattler scoring twice to complete his hat trick and Dane Dobbie adding one. The Knighthawks limped into the intermission between the third and fourth quarters with a 10-9 lead. Dan Dawson oened the scoring in the fourth quarter after snagging a rebound and diving across the crease, keying a four-goal run for the Knighthawks. Jamieson scored his third goal of the night, followed by Dan Dawson scoring his third, and Craig Point caped the run to give Rochester a 14-9 lead.

National League Lacrosse: Video “Slow Motion” Highlights Of NLL Championship Game Between Washington Stealth And Rochester Nighthawks


Incredible “Slow Motion” Video Highlights of Rochester Nighthawks 11-10 win over the Washington Stealth on May 11 to win 2013 NLL Championship.

National League Lacrosse: Rochester Knighthawks Hang On To Defeat Washington Stealth 11-10 On May 11 To Win 2013 NLL Championship


Washington Stealth vs Rochester NLL Champions Cup

The Washington Stealth’s bid for a second Champions Cup in four years ran out of steam in the final minutes of Saturday’s NLL Championship Game as the Rochester Knighthawks, led by All-Pro goaltender Matt Vinc, hung on for an 11-10 win to secure their second consecutive title before a sold-out Langley Events Centre in Langley, British Columbia.
For the 5,200 fans that packed Langley’s arena for the first NLL title to be contested in British Columbia, the game proved to be a classic with Washington chasing Rochester throughout the night forcing three ties before the Knighthawks managed to hold down the Stealth and hang on for the win.
But in a game that rarely strayed beyond a one-goal margin, it was the Stealth’s second-half defensive effort, holding Rochester to a single goal while scoring three of its own, that nearly forced a fourth tie and a bid for the title.
“You couldn’t ask for a more exciting game,” said Stealth head coach Chris Hall, whose squad hung with Rochester shot-for-shot putting 31 on Vinc in the first then tightened up its own defense in the second. “It was a great game to watch and was played by two awfully good teams,” Hall said. “Both teams have known since the beginning of this week that it was likely going to be a one goal game today.”
For Rochester, the title made NLL history, as the Knighthawks became the only team since the Toronto Rock in 2002 and 2003 to win back-to-back championships in the past decade.

National League Lacrosse 2013 Playoffs

National League Lacrosse: Washington Stealth (3-3) Lose To Rochester Knighthawks 7-6 On Feb 2


Washington Stealth vs Rochester Knighthawks

The defending champion Rochester Knighthawks (1-3) earned their first win of the 2013 NLL season and avenged their season-opening loss by defeating the Washington Stealth (3-3) in a defensive battle by a score of 7-6 on Saturday night at The Blue Cross Arena.

The seven goals by the Knighthawks tied the all-time record for fewest goals scored by a winning team in NLL history.

“It was a tight one,” said Rochester head coach Mike Hasen. “It was a good team win tonight. Everybody battled and everybody was better.”

Goaltender Matt Vinc, who earned the NLL’s Defensive Player of the Week after the Week #1 loss in Washington, guided the Knighthawks to a defensive win over his counterpart Tyler Richards. Vinc finished with 42 saves on 48 shots, while Richards denied 48 of 55 shots.

“[Vinc] is obviously one of the best in the league for a reason,” Knighthawks defenseman Paul Dawson said. “Tonight, when stuff got broken down, he was there to make the save. It just gives us a little more confidence to even press out a little further and not play tense and play a little looser. [Vinc] deserves full credit for the win tonight.”

The Stealth have now lost two in a row, both by a single goal. According to their head coach Chris Hall, poor special teams played a major role in the loss, as he noted that the Stealth have now allowed six shorthanded goals without scoring one themselves this season.

Washington Stealth

National League Lacrosse: Washington Stealth Open Season With 13-12 Win Over Defending Champion Rochester Knighthawks On Jan 5


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The Washington Stealth emerged back on the NLL scene Saturday night delivering a gritty performance in taking down the defending league champion Rochester Knighthawks 13-12 before 7,023 at Comcast Arena in Everett.
In the 2013 NLL regular-season opener, the Stealth put 64 shots on Rochester goaltender Matt Vinc while pushing past seven ties and a five-goal Knighthawks second to put coach Chris Hall’s squad in position to win the game.

National League Lacrosse: Colorado Mammoth (4-0) Defeat Rochester Knighthawks 14-11 Jan 28


Grant led an offensive onslaught in the first half and the Mammoth held off a Rochester Knighthawks rally in the second half as Colorado won 14-11 on Saturday night at Pepsi Center.

It doesn’t take much for John Grant Jr. to get up for most games, but the Colorado Mammoth alternate captain was especially anxious for tonight’s game against the Rochester Knighthawks.

“I was looking forward to this game a little too badly,” said Grant. “It is a team I played 10 years with and I owe a lot to the organization. I really wanted this win in this barn and we got it.”

The Mammoth remains undefeated on the season and has a two-game lead in the NLL West Division over the Calgary Roughnecks. Colorado’s 4-0 start is its best to begin a season since 2008 when the team won its first five contests.

Grant, who had a game-high seven points, was one of three Mammoth players who finished with three goals – joining Sean Pollock and Jamie Lincoln.

Coming into the game, Lincoln was a bit under the weather, but you couldn’t tell as he finished with his second hat trick at home this season.

“It seems like most times when people are sick and are not feeling well, they have really good games and that is what I was hoping for,” Lincoln said. “It is hard to worry about a stomach ache when you have a lot of fans in the building.”

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