By Rachel Villari | 5/19/14 12:30 PM
This weekend, the National Lacrosse League hosted its final game of the Division Final series, ending with the Rochester Knighthawks and the Calgary Roughnecks ready to battle for the Champion’s Cup next weekend.
The Rochester Knighthawks defeated the Buffalo Bandits 13-8, splitting the two-game series. The victorious offensive barrage was led by Florida Launch attackman Cody Jamieson, who earned a hat trick and contributed five assists. His MLL teammate Stephen Keogh also had a goal and an assist of his own, and Chesapeake Bayhawks midfielder Joe Walters had three helpers.
Because the series was split, the teams squared off in a ten-minute mini-game to decide the series. Walters earned an assist, which kept the two teams tied at the end of 10 minutes. Three minutes into a sudden-death overtime, the Knighthawks were able to clinch the series and advance to the Champion’s Cup Finals.
In the West the Calgary Roughnecks split the series with Edmonton, allowing the Rush to defeat them in Game 2 15-13. Florida Launch midfielder Jeremy Thompson played a big role in Edmonton’s victory, winning 78.1% of his faceoffs. Rochester Rattlers’ Mark Matthews netted a hat trick and Zack Greer of the Denver Outlaws scored two goals and two assists, and also collected 8 loose balls.
In their 10-minute mini-game to follow, Greer netted the only goal for the Rush. Despite Thompson taking four out of four faceoffs, Edmonton was unable to capitalize on their possession and thus the Roughnecks were able to advance to the Champion’s Cup Finals.