Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
KNIGHTHAWKS FACE UNFAMILIAR FOE FOR DIVISION
05/03/2013 - 11:31pm

(May 3, 2013)... The only team that Rochester did not face in the 2013 National Lacrosse League regular season was Minnesota and vice versa, so it is only fitting the Knighthawks will host the Swarm in the East Division Final on Saturday, May 4th at 4:00 p.m.
 
The two teams faced each other in an exhibition game in December, but a lot has changed in the five months since then. Minnesota crossed over from the West Division to become the fourth seed in the East. The Swarm then took down the top-seeded Toronto Rock with a dominating 20-11 win in the opening round of the playoffs.
 
According to Head Coach Mike Hasen, the Knighthawks (8-8) “will be in for a tough one” against the Swarm.
 
“If you don’t know who Minnesota is, they certainly made a statement last week beating Toronto so handily,” he said. “They’ve got speed, their goaltending is great; any guy on the floor can put the ball in the net at any point. They’re running on all cylinders.”
 
Saturday’s contest will mark the 14th time in 19 seasons that the Knighthawks have reached the Divisional Final, but only the fourth time that they’ve hosted the game. The last time the Knighthawks hosted an East Division Final, they went on to win the franchise’s second championship in 2007, when they ousted the Buffalo Bandits by a score of 14-13 before claiming the Champion’s Cup.
 
Goaltender Matt Vinc has been a wall in the net all season and now has the hardware to prove it. Vinc, in his eighth season in the NLL, won an unprecedented third Goaltender of the Year Award after breaking the single-season record for saves with 662.
 
“Definitely a huge honor and something I am proud of, but with the timing of the award, I am focused on this weekend,” Vinc said. “It is a huge accomplishment for the team and our defense. Hopefully, we continue our strong defensive play on Saturday.”
 
"He's been the guy we depend on to make the big save and bail us out when we make mistakes," Hasen said. "He has done that consistently throughout the season. He works hard both on and off the floor. The award is well deserved."
 
Forward Dan Dawson took charge against his former team in Rochester’s 10-8 victory over Philadelphia in the division semifinal. With a game-high four goals, he surpassed Mark Steenhuis for seventh all-time in postseason goals scored. “Dangerous Dan” has recorded 110 points in only 16 career postseason games.
 
“We expect the same thing from Dawson (against Minnesota),” Hasen said. “That’s the way we expect Dawson to play. That’s a big reason why he’s here. He’s clutch. He’s a great player who makes his teammates better as well.”
 
The Knighthawks will be playing in front of the national viewing audience for the fourth time in five weeks. Since 2012, they have a 5-1 record in games aired on CBS Sports Network.
 
“It’s just another game for us,” said Knighthawks forward Stephen Keogh, disregarding the television coverage element. “You want to win every one you play no matter what.”
 
CBS Sports Network is the 24-hour cable home of CBS Sports, available to 104 million homes throughout the United States and Canada. CBSSN is available on local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 613 and Dish Network Channel 158. Time Warner Cable customers in the Rochester area can watch CBSSN on channels 232 and 1027.
 
CBS Sports Network is available across Canada on Bell ExpressVu (Ch. 1432), and can also be found on Rogers (Ch. 416), Cogeco (Ch. 744), Eastlink (Ch. 134, 206 or 168), Sasktel (Ch. 425) and BellAliant TV (Ch. 479).
 
Fans can also listen to Saturday's game on Sportsradio 950 ESPN in the Rochester area or online here.
 


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

3/4/2015
What have been the keys to the best defensive start for Syracuse lacrosse since its 2009 national title?

3/3/2015
Syracuse lacrosse coach John Desko on No. 1 ranking: 'You want to be No. 1 on Memorial Day'

3/3/2015
Brandon Mullins says hidden-ball trick probably won't be used again 'anytime soon'

3/3/2015
Syracuse lacrosse FOGO Ben Williams '100 percent' after suffering arm injury against Virginia

3/3/2015
Syracuse University's Kevin Rice named ACC men's lacrosse offensive player of the week

3/2/2015
Watch Syracuse lacrosse execute hidden-ball trick against Virginia (video)

3/2/2015
Syracuse lacrosse is new No. 1 in media poll following victory against Virginia (updated)

3/1/2015
Syracuse lacrosse victory against Virginia 'felt a little like men and boys out there,' coach says

3/1/2015
Syracuse lacrosse postgame press conference Virginia

3/1/2015
Syracuse lacrosse coach John Desko on Ben Williams' injury: 'I expect to see him next week'

3/1/2015
Syracuse lacrosse rides hot start in first half to thorough 15-9 victory against Virginia

3/1/2015
Syracuse lacrosse vs. Virginia: Live updates, fan chat

2/28/2015
Syracuse lacrosse-Virginia: TV channel information, live stream and faceoff time

2/27/2015
Syracuse lacrosse combines to put five candidates on 2015 Tewaaraton Award watch list

2/27/2015
Syracuse lacrosse opens ACC play against No. 5 Virginia (5 things to know)

2/24/2015
College lacrosse: No easy fix to sport's winter weather woes, but here's one proposal anyway

2/23/2015
Syracuse lacrosse players Dylan Donahue, Ben Williams earn ACC Players of the Week honors

2/23/2015
Former West Genesee stars Dylan Donahue, John Glesener put on show in Syracuse's win over Army

2/23/2015
Syracuse lacrosse goalie Bobby Wardwell firms up starting job after win over Army

2/23/2015
Syracuse lacrosse remains No. 3 in media poll heading into top-5 matchup against Virginia