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KNIGHTHAWKS REFLECT ON CHAMPION’S CUP
06/19/2012 - 11:10am

(June 19, 2012)… One month ago today, the Rochester Knighthawks climbed atop the lacrosse world after winning the 2012 National Lacrosse League’s Champion’s Cup. The Knighthawks stormed back in the second half to defeat the Edmonton Rush, 9-6, at The Blue Cross Arena.

The Cup has since traveled across the border to Canada and Six Nations, even appearing at the wedding of a certain Knighthawks’ assistant coach. From Bread and Cheese Day to the Rochester Parade to Frontier Field to making stops at local Rochester schools, the players have shared the trophy with thousands of fans.

Here are reflections by the players and the head coach about winning the league’s ultimate prize:

“It feels fantastic (to have won the Champion’s Cup), especially I think because we had such an up and down season. It was a challenge at different points and I think we had times when we felt we could have quit, taken the easy we out, but we never did. This was a team that wouldn’t go away. It made it that much more memorable just because of the season that we had because it was such a rollercoaster.” – Mike Accursi

“It was the Rochester Knighthawks against the World and we found a way to get it done.” Scott Campbell

“The NLL is your pro career so obviously you want to be successful. When you get to the pros, winning this Cup is the main reason you play.” – Rory Glaves

“They bought into the system and performed at a very high level for us, as evidence the championship.” – Head Coach Mike Hasen

“It was a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to play for a championship team in front of our hometown crowd. Getting to see my family after the game and having their support all season was awesome.” – Johnny Powless

“It feels amazing. It’s a great feeling. To know all the hard worked paid off and at the end of the day we were the best.” – Cory Vitarelli.

“I have a great sense of pride in being a Rochesterian, knowing how much lacrosse means to this region. Seeing the excitement of the fans lets us know how much the team means to them.” – Joe Walters


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