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05/03/2014 - 3:31pm

(May 3, 2014)… The Rochester Knighthawks have activated defenseman Jamie Batson for the 2014 National Lacrosse League Playoffs. He will now prepare for the team’s East Division Finals, which will kick off on May 10th.

“I have felt good the past couple of months and have been training hard,” said Batson. “I am happy to get the opportunity to get back in there.”

Batson is in his third season in the NLL and has won two Champion’s Cups since breaking into the NLL in 2012. According to Knighthawks Assistant Captain Mike Kirk, the addition of Batson will provide some additional speed and grit to the already formidable Rochester defense.

“The first thing you think about with Batson is his speed. He has an incredible first step and a great burst of speed. When he picks up that loose ball you are always chasing him,” said Kirk. “He is a physical guy and likes the physical part of the game.”

The Comox, BC native is itching to get back in the lineup after playing in a career-high five games in 2013 en route to team Most Improved Player honors. Batson made his professional lacrosse debut on February 18, 2012, playing defense and transition, even taking faceoffs, as the Knighthawks rallied to beat the Washington Stealth 15-12. He capped off his rookie season by winning the Champion’s Cup.

Batson’s rise in the NLL is an inspiring story of perseverance, earning him a spot on the team after attending the Knighthawks Free Agent Camp. He was noticeably the fastest and strongest player during the two-day workouts.

“He is a hard worker and dedicated. When he is in the lineup, you get 100 percent effort,” said Knighthawks Assistant Coach Pat O’Toole. “Everyone knows he is a big, strong guy. When he hits you, you are going to feel it.”

The 6-foot, 199-pound defenseman has excelled in the summer, playing with the Major Series Lacrosse Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks. In 2013, Batson played his second season with Kitchener-Waterloo, scoring three goals and adding two assists in 14 regular season games. He also chipped in three goals in four playoff games.

The previous season, Batson was an MSL Rookie of the Year Candidate. In 2012, he played in 13 regular season games and all four playoff games, and was among the top rookies in the MSL. Prior to his jump to the Senior “A” level, Batson was named the 2011 Most Valuable Defensive Player, while playing for the Senior “B” Ohsweken Warriors.

On Saturday, Batson attended his first practice since his promotion to the 20-man roster. It was a special moment after five months of hard work.

“This whole season I have had a lot of support from the players, coaches and Curt (Styres),” he said. “It was that much sweeter being out there as an active member of the roster and being able to help the team.”

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