Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
HOME OPENER JUST HOURS AWAY
01/19/2013 - 11:55am

The wait will soon be over for Rochester Knighthawks fans. Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Knighthawks will raise their 2012 National Lacrosse League Championship banner to the rafters of The Blue Cross Arena.

Rochester (0-1) enters the game in search of its first win after suffering a one-goal loss in Washington two weeks ago. Buffalo (1-1) also opened the 2013 season with a road loss, but responded with a come-from-behind victory last Saturday over Minnesota.

“I have some mixed emotions,” said Rochester defenseman Mike Kirk. “I think we all remember that was last year and we’ve all moved on to 2013. We’ll take the banner and have that moment, but we’re really looking forward to battling with Buffalo.”

Rochester leads the all-time regular season series versus Buffalo, owning a 26-19 record. The Knighthawks also have a 16-8 mark at home against Buffalo. The game Saturday is the first of four times the Western New York lacrosse rivals will play each other this season.

Rochester owns a 9-9 all-time record in home openers and has dropped its last two openers on home turf. Coincidently, Rochester’s last home-opening win was in 2010 against the Bandits.

Fans can catch the tonight’s game on Sportsradio 950 ESPN, online at www.sportsradio950espn.com or through a mobile device by downloading the TuneIn app. The game will also be televised on the Time Warner Cable Sports Channel and aired live on The Lacrosse Network.

“We did not play very well [in opener] and we have to be better in Week 3 against Buffalo,” said Rochester Head Coach Mike Hasen, whose team lost 13-12 on the road to the Washington Stealth in Week 1. “As [Kirk] said, we’ll take a moment to relish what we did last year, but we got a long road ahead of us.”

During tonight’s game, fans help the Knighthawks raise money for the fallen and injured West Webster firefighters. The dance team will sell raffle tickets throughout the game with the proceeds from the 50-50 drawing going to benefit the families of the firefighters affected by the tragic events on December 24th. Knighthawks forward Dan Dawson, who works as a firefighter in Brampton, Ontario, was among the three players that visited the firehouse today.

The Knighthawks will present a check to the West Webster Fire Department prior to the game on Saturday, January 26th against the Toronto Rock. That evening, the Knighthawks are also offering complimentary tickets to all first responders via The Blue Cross Arena Box Office.


5/25/2013
Syracuse men's lacrosse pulls off another one-goal victory, advances to national title game with 9-8 win over Denver

10/17/2014
Bob Snyder, in his own words, about the honor of entering the Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame

10/10/2014
Syracuse lacrosse names five captains for 2015 season

10/9/2014
Best restaurants in the ACC: Where to eat at Syracuse, Duke, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and more

9/23/2014
Syracuse University men's lacrosse team will compete in two fall events

9/11/2014
Syracuse University men's lacrosse recruiting class includes two JUCO players of the year

8/22/2014
Former Orange lacrosse stars Casey Powell, John Galloway honored by MLL

8/19/2014
Syracuse University confirms agreement of new multimedia rights contract with IMG

8/19/2014
Syracuse, IMG reach a new agreement for athletic broadcasting rights

8/19/2014
Is this idea of a Power Five comprised of 65 'anointed' schools a good one? (Chat with Bud Poliquin)

7/20/2014
Canada beats United States at World Lacrosse Championships, Gary Gait gets title as assistant

7/18/2014
World Lacrosse Championships: Canada beats Iroquois to set up final against United States

7/17/2014
World Lacrosse Championships: United States into title game with 22-3 semifinal win over Australia

7/17/2014
Lebron James voted America's most popular athlete: Who would win that poll in Syracuse?

7/17/2014
How to watch the FIL World Lacrosse Championship semifinals: TV channels, times

7/16/2014
World Lacrosse Championships: Iroquois Nationals on to semifinals with win over Scotland

7/16/2014
World Lacrosse Championships: Rob Pannell leads United States in 18-5 win over Iroquois Nationals

7/15/2014
World Lacrosse Championships: United States can win Blue Division with win over Iroquois

7/11/2014
CNY lacrosse a big part of World Championships in Denver (photos)

7/10/2014
FIL World Lacrosse Championships: TV channels, times and schedule for U.S. and Iroquois

7/1/2014
Louisville Cardinals officially become 15th member of the ACC