By Nick Powers | 5/7/13 4:40 PM
This week in the NLL, the championship game was set as two teams stood tall as the best in their respective divisions.
The Rochester Knighthawks will defend their title in this year’s NLL Championship Game, as they made it past the Minnesota Swarm, 12-10 on Saturday, May 4 to earn the Eastern Division title. Following four consecutive goals in the third and fourth quarters to give the Swarm their only lead of the game, Rochester turned it around to pull out the victory. Cody Jamieson of the Hamilton Nationals had team-high five points on one goal and four assists, helping to lift Rochester over Minnesota.
For the third time in four years, the Washington Stealth will be making an appearance in the NLL Championship, as they bested the Calgary Roughnecks, 14-13 for top honors in the Western Division. Rhys Duch of the Hamilton Nationals finished with seven points on three goals and two assists for the Stealth, while Curtis Dickson of the Denver Outlaws had eight points on seven tallies and one helper.
In addition to the championship game having its competitors, some end of the year awards were also given out to MLL elite. Kyle Rubisch of the Hamilton Nationals was honored as Defensive Player of the Year, having scored 11 points on three goals and eight assists, as well as tallying 128 ground balls and 44 forced turnovers. Rubisch broke his own NLL record of 43 forced turnovers that he’d set in 2012.
The Rochester Rattlers’ Jordan Macintosh was awarded the distinction of Transition Player of the Year for the 2013 season. Macintosh had 55 points (27 goals, 28 assists) and ranked second in the league in ground balls (197) and fourth in faceoff wins (241). It’s also worth noting that Macintosh won Transition Player of the Week six times during the regular season, and that his teammate Andrew Sultor also won the award last year, making Macintosh the second-straight member of the Swarm to earn the distinction in two years.