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KNIGHTHAWKS WIN HOMECOMING GAME
07/08/2013 - 12:18pm

By Craig Rybczynski -- (July 8, 2013)… Sunday’s game at Sahlen’s Stadium was a homecoming for three members of the back-to-back National Lacrosse League Champion Rochester Knighthawks. Fans dressed in championship T-shirts and hats were scattered throughout the crowd, and the Champion’s Cup was on display. The game began with a video tribute to the 2013 NLL Championship team and ended with another victory for the players and staff of the Knighthawks.

“It was nice to return to Rochester and play in front of our fans,” said Walters. “It was nice to relive that Championship moment.”

Walters was one of three Knighthawks players in the Hamilton Nationals’ lineup, which also included Sid Smith and Cody Jamieson. The only Knighthawks player on the Nationals’ roster that was absent Sunday was Stephen Keogh, who was placed on the injured reserve list this week.

The Knighthawks management and front office staff was also well represented at the MLL Game. Owner and General Manager Curt Styres, President Lewis Staats, VP of Player Personnel Jody Gage, VP of Sales John Catalano, Assistant Coach Jason Johnson, Director of Operations Tracy Johnson, Athletic Trainer Steve Lobsinger, scouts Brian Hobart and Stu Brown, Broadcaster Craig Rybczynski, Special Projects Coordinator Wendy Staats, ticket sales staff members Nate Snyder and Derek Anderson, Graphic Designer Pedro Ugalde and the team’s mascot were in attendance, as well.

The Knighthawks players did not disappoint the National Lacrosse League fans. Walters (2+1) and Jamieson (1+2) both notched three points, and Smith was part of a dominating defensive effort that limited the Rattlers to six goals.

Walters, who was born and raised in Rochester, increased his point streak to 22 games. He remains second on the Nationals in points (33) and leads the MLL in assists (18) after only eight games. The team’s all-time leader in goals, assists and points fueled the Nationals’ 4-0 run in the third quarter that put the game out of reach. With the score 6-4, Walters scored his first of the game to give the Nats a 7-4 advantage. He followed that up with an assist to rookie Garrett Thul, who notched a two-pointer. For good measure, Walters scored his second of the contest to open the fourth quarter.

Jamieson also enjoyed a three-point game to extend his season-long point streak to six games. The back-to-back NLL Championship Game MVP now has six goals and six assists in six games. Jamieson was a fan favorite after the game, as he was surrounded by kids and adults, seeking autographs and offering congratulations.

“It’s always nice to come back here and play in front of the hometown fans, even though I play for Hamilton,” he said. “The Knighthawks are such a big part of my life that I considered this a home game.”

The Nationals tied their team record for wins in a season after earning their seventh victory of the 2013 campaign Sunday afternoon, 10-6. Hamilton improved to 7-3 with the road win to remain in second place in Major League Lacrosse. The Nationals finished the season 2-0 against Rochester, defeating the Rattlers 17-11 in Boca Raton, Fla. on June 22nd.

Hamilton begins a two-game homestand on Saturday, July 20th when it hosts the Ohio Machine at 7:30 p.m. For tickets go to www.nationalslacrosse.com or call the Nationals Ticket Office at (905) 525-NATS.


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