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LLORD SHOOTING FOR THIRD TITLE OF 2013
09/05/2013 - 11:27am

By Craig Rybczynski -- For Rochester Knighthawks defenseman Ian Llord, 2013 will certainly go down as the finest year of his lacrosse career. On Wednesday, Llord arrived in Victoria, BC with his Six Nations Chiefs teammates with an opportunity to win his third championship in the past four months.

The Chiefs are preparing for a Mann Cup showdown with the host Shamrocks. On Friday, Llord will hit the turf in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series. The Chiefs reached their first Finals in 17 years after knocking off the Brooklin Redmen in four games to win the Major Series Lacrosse crown.

The Six Nations’ effort was bolstered by members of the back-to-back National Lacrosse League Champion Rochester Knighthawks. Joining Llord on the roster are Cody Jamieson, Craig Point, Stephen Keogh, Sid Smith and Johnny Powless. Jamieson was named the Johnny Shooter Davis Award as the Major Series Lacrosse Playoff MVP. Playing alongside some fellow Knighthawks has Llord optimistic about his team’s chances against a Victoria team that features Knighthawks Matt Vinc, Tyler Burton and Dylan Evans.

“It’s tough to win (the Cup),” said Llord, who won his only Mann Cup in 2008 with Brampton. “You have to take advantage of the opportunity, especially with a team this good.”

Llord captured his first title of 2013 on May 11th, as the Knighthawks won their second straight NLL Championship after edging the Washington Stealth 11-10. The seven-year NLL pro ended his first season in Rochester with the second Champion’s Cup of his career. It was an amazing end to a season that began with an invitation to the Knighthawks Open Tryouts.

“I was lucky to win one my first couple of years in the league. I think this one has meant a lot more because I was so young and I was just there for the ride. I did my part, but I felt this time I had more of an impact,” he said. “I think it meant a little more with Curt flying my wife and son in. Everybody else had family there and I got along with everyone really well on the team. As you get older, it means a little more.”

On Sunday, Llord raised his second championship trophy, winning the Presidents' Cup with the St. Catharines Saints. The Saints downed the host Kahnawake Mohawks 8-5 to capture the Canadian Senior “B” Championship. Now he has a chance to pull off one of the greatest feats in lacrosse, winning the Champion’s, Presidents' and Mann Cups all in the same year.

“It’s pretty cool, but right now I am trying to balance everything out,” said Llord, who has two small children. “I can reflect on it better in the coming weeks. Then I can think about what I did in the summer and be satisfied with what I accomplished.”

The Mann Cup begins on Friday, September 6th at 10:00 p.m. (EST) at Bear Mountain Arena in Victoria. To watch all the action, fans can purchase the online broadcast at the Western Lacrosse Association website, www.theboxrocks.com.


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