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SMITH NOW THIRD KNIGHTHAWK TO MAKE TOP 50
10/07/2013 - 9:52am

Another member of the World Champion Rochester Knighthawks was featured on ILIndoor.com’s list of the Top 50 Players in the National Lacrosse League. Defenseman Sid Smith was recently ranked No. 42 on the list of the best players in the league, joining fellow Knighthawks Johnny Powless (No. 44) and Brad Self (No. 49).

Smith is a vital piece to Head Coach Mike Hasen’s defense, which allowed the second-fewest goals since Smith entered the league as the first overall pick in the 2009 NLL Entry Draft. In 2013, Rochester yielded a league-low 165 goals. For the third time in four years, Smith was voted the Knighthawks’ best defenseman, and was elected the team’s captain last season.

"Sid’s a great player first and foremost,” said fellow defenseman Paul Dawson. “He’s not a super vocal guy, and if you know him off the floor you can tell. You see him out on the floor; he plays every shift hard.”

In 2013, Smith led the Knighthawks with 16 forced turnovers, and finished fourth on the team with a career-high 68 loose balls. A stay-at-home defender who is not known for scoring, he tied his career-high with three assists in the regular season, and added three more in the playoffs. Despite his hardnosed style of defense, Smith was assessed only 14 penalty minutes.

“Known for his aggressive, punishing approach to playing defense, Smith is the kind of guy who just makes it unpleasant to be trying to get to the middle of the floor on offence. Nothing flashy, but a solid defender who makes opponents pay a high price,” said ILIndoor.com’s Stephen Stamp.

Not only has Smith hoisted back-to-back Champion’s Cups, but success seemingly follows him wherever he plays. In 2006, he won the NCJAA National Championship with Onondaga Community College, and in 2007 he captained the Junior “A” Six Nations Arrows to the Minto Cup. He helped Syracuse University win consecutive NCAA titles in 2008 and 2009. Just months after winning his second NLL Championship, Smith helped the Six Nations Chiefs capture the Mann Cup.

"Some defenders bring a sandpaper approach to get under your skin. Smith brings an anvil for a stick and lets that do the talking. And yeah, it speaks volumes. He’s not the quickest guy on the floor but he doesn’t have to be. He anticipates well and brings nasty checks to the hands, qualities that make him one of the most feared defenders in the game today,” said ILIndoor.com’s Bob Chavez.

Smith will help anchor the Knighthawks’ defense as the team looks to make a historic run at a third straight NLL Championship in 2014, which begins with a rematch of the East Division Finals on Saturday, December 28th at 7:30 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena.


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