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CHAMPIONSHIPS COME IN THREES FOR TWO KHAWKS
09/25/2013 - 3:24pm

By Craig Rybczynski -- For the third time this year, Cody Jamieson and Craig Point hoisted a championship trophy. This past weekend, the Rochester Knighthawks stars helped the Ohsweken Aces capture the 16th Annual Nations Cup. The victory on Sunday capped off a 2013 lacrosse season in which they also won the National Lacrosse League’s Champion’s Cup and the Mann Cup.

“It was pretty awesome,” said Point, who was named the Aces’ Championship Game MVP. “It would have been nice to have the Presidents’ Cup, along with Llordy (Ian Llord), but two NLL Cups, and a Mann and a Nations Cup is pretty amazing.”

Llord was the first Knighthawks player to reach three Cups this summer as he won the Mann Cup with the Six Nations Chiefs to go along with an NLL Championship with the Knighthawks and a Presidents’ Cup with the St. Catharines Saints.

On Sunday, it was Point and Jamieson’s turn to collect a hat trick of titles. In the championship game, Point’s eight points (5+3) proved to be the difference in an 11-10 win over the Kahnawake Rapids by the Ohsweken Aces, who finished the eight-team tournament with a perfect 5-0 record.

The event held at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena, September 20-22, was the final tune-up before the Knighthawks forwards begin training camp with the two-time defending NLL champs. Point will return to Rochester after a 13-point (5+8) effort in three games for Ohsweken. Jamieson, who scored four goals and chipped in seven assists in as many games, will try to win his third NLL Championship in four seasons with the Knighthawks.

The Nations Cup, which the Aces have now won four straight years, has been a nice segue into the NLL season for the two lacrosse veterans. It has also given Jamieson and Point the opportunity to connect with players that they grew up with on the Southern Ontario reserve.

“The weekend is all about having fun and hanging out with your friends,” said back-to-back NLL Championship Game MVP Cody Jamieson. “Every team has friends within your team, but it is still very competitive. It was a good weekend overall for the game of lacrosse.”

The Aces roster included former Knighthawks Travis Hill, Jake Henhawk, Stu Hill and Tom Montour. Henhawk was stellar in goal, collecting a 7.00 goals-against average. Other standouts were Onondaga Community College stars Warren Hill, Randy Staats and Vaughn Harris, and Roger Vyse of the Toronto Rock. Staats led the Aces in goals with 11 and was tied for the team-lead with 19 points.

The Aces reached the gold medal game by defeating the other Six Nations team in the tournament, the Frog Pond Maulers. Trailing 8-7 after two periods, the veteran Aces used a seven-goal third to advance to the Finals with a 14-11 victory. Jamieson and Wayne VanEvery led the way with three goals and three assists apiece, while Staats netted five goals and added one assist.

The Maulers’ offense was powered by Johnny Powless, who had an outstanding summer despite settling for Nations Cup bronze. The 20-year-old has two NLL titles and a 2013 Mann Cup to his credit. Recently named ILIndoor’s Junior Player of the Year, Powless was also this year’s recipient of the Jim Veltman Award as the Most Outstanding Player and the Dean McIntosh Award as the Junior "A" MVP. On Sunday, he finished the tournament with seven goals and 13 assists in five games for the Maulers.

“I enjoyed the tournament. It was fun playing with friends and relatives that you don't get the chance to play with during the summer,” said Powless, who played alongside his uncle Josh Johnson and cousin Wenster Green.

In the bronze medal game, Powless notched two goals and one assist in the 12-11 win over the Native Sons. He finished second in the Nations Cup in points to Jeff Shattler of the silver-medal winning Kahnawake Rapids. Shattler was one of five current NLL stars on the Rapids, which also included Jeremy Thompson (Edmonton), Brandon Francis (Philadelphia), Dean Hill (Vancouver) and Alex “Kedoh” Hill (Buffalo).

Click here for stats and standings from the Nations Cup.


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