The National Lacrosse League title game took place last weekend and saw the Rochester Knighthawks repeat as champions in a close-fought 11-10 victory over the Washington Stealth. The Langley Events Centre in British Columbia was sold out for the championship contest that saw Rochester become the first team in a decade to win back-to-back Champion’s Cups.
A slew of MLL regulars stole the spotlight as a number of Hamilton Nationals players closed out their NLL season in the title game and were in large part what made the contest such an enjoyable back-and-forth affair.
Cody Jamieson was named the Championship Game MVP for the second-straight year, and became only the second player in NLL history to be awarded the honor twice in a row. After returning in the Eastern Division final after missing the second half of the East Division semifinal with an ankle injury, Jamieson managed to keep his contributions high and finished with five points on three goals and two assists, and scooped up four ground balls in the process. Jamieson’s Rochester and Hamilton teammate Joe Walters also tallied five points for the Knighthawks on a goal and four assists.
For the Stealth, a couple more Nationals made waves in the offensively charged contest that stayed close until the end; or in Washington’s case, the bitter end. Rhys Duch picked up four points with three tallies and a helper plus six ground balls, while Brett Bucktooth had a team-high five points of his own on one goal and four assists, as well as three ground balls.
Despite the one point difference, Washington couldn’t muster up enough to take down the reigning champions, as Rochester again hoisted the Champion’s Cup over their collective head for the second year in a row. More importantly, however, is that a vast majority of the Nationals roster will now re-venture to the outdoors; a welcomed addition that is sure to make head coach Dave Huntley very happy in the coming weeks.