By Rachel Villari | 6/2/14 12:00 PM
With their victory Saturday night over the Calgary Roughnecks, the Rochester Knighthawks not only won the Champion’s Cup title, but they also made National Lacrosse League history.
The Knighthawks earned the cup for the third consecutive season in front of 9,188 fans on their home turf at Blue Cross Arena. After tying the two-game series with a 16-10 victory, the teams competed for the ultimate win in a ten minute mini-game, which rewarded the Knighthawks with their historical accomplishment, winning the tiebreaker 3-2.
Joe Walters of the Chesapeake Bayhawks led the Roughnecks’ offensive barrage in both games this weekend. He scored two goals and had six assists, earning runner of the game in the deciding mini-game. Walters had a hand in all three of the goals it took to secure the Champion’s Cup in those final ten minutes, even assisting the game winning goal. Florida Launch teammates Cody Jamieson and Stephen Keogh were integral in the wins as well, Jamieson tallying a total of six points (three goals, three assists), and Keogh accruing a hat trick and an assist.
With the three-peat Champion’s Cup title going to the Knighthawks, the National Lacrosse League season now comes to a close. Walters, Jamieson, and Keogh are set to return to their respective MLL teams, champions of one league, and looking to dominate the other.