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KNIGHTHAWKS NEWS & NOTES
02/10/2014 - 3:30pm

(February 11, 2014)… The Rochester Knighthawks defeated the Buffalo Bandits Saturday, 9-6, to improve to 4-2 and move a half-game out of first place in the East Division.

More importantly, the Western New York lacrosse fans rallied to support Tucker Williams, the son of former Knighthawk and current Bandits forward Shawn Williams. Tucker, who recently celebrated his 8th birthday, was diagnosed with Stage III Burkitt Lymphoma, a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, nearly three weeks ago. On Saturday, Rochester raised over $3,200 for Tucker through the sale of “Braver than Brave” T-shirts and the raffling off of a Shawn Williams’ autographed, game-worn Knighthawks’ jersey.

This weekend, the Knighthawks head to Toronto to take on the Rock (3-3) after pulling off a big win at home over the Buffalo Bandits. The Knighthawks managed to end a two-game losing streak with a victory over their thruway rivals and are looking to get their first road win of the season on Saturday.

In the win over Buffalo, Matt Vinc held the Bandits scoreless for 38:39 to smash Pat O’Toole’s team record of 30:26, which was set on January 20, 2001 in Albany. “Vno” finished the game with 33 saves and allowed a season-low six goals. Rochester enters Saturday’s contest allowing only eight goals per game, which is second best in the NLL.

In their previous meeting, Vinc stopped 38 of 46 shots on goal in a 12-8 victory over Toronto on January 18th. The Knighthawks put on a show both defensively and offensively against the Rock, which helped lead them to victory. The team won the faceoff battle, winning 54 percent of faceoffs. The Knighthawks also prevailed in loose balls, collecting 73 compared to Toronto’s 65.

Offensively, Cody Jamieson and Dan Dawson were the Knighthawks top two performers in their early season win over the Rock. Jamieson netted four goals and notched one assist, and Dawson recorded a staggering seven assists. Stephen Keogh also contributed to the 12-8 victory, tacking on four points (2+2). Craig Point was another key player on offense with four points (1+3).

The game Saturday in Toronto will be streamed live on The Lacrosse Network’s YouTube channel at 7:00 p.m. and broadcast live via Sportsradio 950 ESPN and www.sportsradio950espn.com.

Milestone Watch:
• Mike Accursi (362) needs two points to pass Shawn Evans for third on the team’s all-time list.
• Stephen Keogh needs three points to reach 100 in his NLL career.
• Dan Dawson needs four assists to reach 600 in his NLL career.

Toronto Notes: The Toronto Rock doubled up on the Philadelphia Wings defeating them 20-10 on February 7th at the Air Canada Centre. This marks the first time Toronto has scored 20 goals in a game since 2002. Garrett Billings and Rob Hellyer led the way for the Rock offensively, with a combined 20 points. Billings recorded 12 points on the night (6+6), while Hellyer put in a goal and notched seven assists. Nick Rose was impressive in goal for the Rock, saving 41 of 51 shots for a .804 save percentage.

Next Home Game: The Knighthawks return home on Saturday, March 8th to host the Philadelphia Wings at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are currently available by calling the Rochester Knighthawks office at (585) 454-4295.

Knighthawks Notes:
Olympic Connection:
Knighthawks Special Advisor to the President, Ted Nolan, is currently in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics as the head coach of the Latvian Olympic hockey team. Their first match-up of the Olympics is on Wednesday, February 12th versus Switzerland.


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