The Iroquois Nationals have announced their roster for the Third Annual Bowhunter Cup, which will take place at The Blue Cross Arena on Saturday, October 13 at 8 p.m. The Iroquois Nationals will take on the United States in the International Exhibition at the home of the National Lacrosse League Rochester Knighthawks. “We look forward to an exciting game, between two highly talented teams with stacked rosters,” said Iroquois Nationals General ManagerGewas Schindler. “We are very fortunate to have so many Native Iroquois Rochester Knighthawks players on our roster.”
“I would like to thank (Knighthawks Owner/GM) Curt Styres and the Knighthawk staff for making this possible,” he added.
The Iroquois team will be coached by Knighthawks Hall of Famer Duane Jacobs. The Assistant coach is Ron Henry of the Buffalo Bandits. The Nationals roster includes over a dozen players with ties to the Knighthawks and the nearby Buffalo Bandits.
The Knighthawks will have six players and one coach from the 2012 World Championship team in the Iroquois lineup that night. Cody Jamieson, the 2012 NLL Championship Game MVP, leads an offense that includes Johnny Powless, Craig Point, Alex Kedoh Hill, and current Knighthawks Assistant Coach Andy Secore. The defense/transition position will feature KnighthawksSid Smith and Travis Hill.
Powless will play in his first Bowhunter Cup after completing his rookie season in the NLL with a Champion’s Cup. The 19-year-old forward also won the 2012 winner of the NLL’s Sportsmanship Award and was an All-Rookie Team member. Kedoh Hill enters the game after an impressive summer in which he earned the Major Series Lacrosse Rookie of the Year. Point enters his sixth season in the NLL and fifth with the Knighthawks in 2013. In 2012, he averaged over three points per game in the playoffs and the regular season. Secore last played for the Iroquois Nationals at the 2011 FIL World Lacrosse Championships and will make his return to the turf for the Nationals in the Bowhunter Cup.
The Iroquois will rely on two Knighthawks from the 2012 NLL Championship team in Smith and Hill. Smith was the first overall pick in the 2009 NLL Draft and won his first Cup in May. He is a two-time team Defensive Player of the Year, and played in the 2011 NLL All-Star Game. Hill is a veteran of seven NLL seasons and also won his first NLL Championship in 2012.
The Bandits have five players on the Iroquois roster, which includes the goaltending tandem of Angus Goodleaf and Mike Thompson. The game is the final contest for Thompson, who retired from the NLL this offseason. The Iroquois will also feature Buffalo second-year pro Jeremy Thompson, and veterans Brandon Francis and Tom Montour. Brett Bucktooth of the Washington Stealth will join the potent offense as he plays in his third Bowhunter Cup for the Iroquois.
Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, at The Blue Cross Arena Box Office or by calling (800) 745-3000. Individual tickets range in price from $18 to $30, while group seats are $13 to $22. Knighthawks and Buffalo Bandits season ticket holders will receive special individual pricing.
The Iroquois Nationals are 4-1 all-time against the United States in indoor competition. In last year’s Bowhunter Cup, the Iroquois Nationals edged Team USA 14-13 at Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone Resort Casino at the Event Center. The win evened the series at one win apiece. In the inaugural Bowhunter Cup in 2010, USA earned its first ever win over the Iroquois Nationals, a 13-11 victory, at the War Memorial at Oncenter in Syracuse.
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