October 11, 2012 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Rochester Knighthawks
On Saturday, Alex "Kedoh" Hill will be returning to Rochester for the first time since he hoisted the Champion's Cup after defeating the Edmonton Rush in a thrilling 9-6 comeback.
"It will definitely be a good feeling getting back into the arena. I know that it's a new year, a new trophy. I am just trying to get the ultimate goal of winning a championship," said Hill.
The Six Nations native will be appearing in his second Bowhunter Cup as a member of the Iroquois Nationals. The Nationals will take on the United States in the third installment of the Bowhunter Cup on Saturday, October 13th at 8:00 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena.
Hill also suited up for the Iroquois in the first Bowhunter Cup game back in 2010. Team USA won the first Cup 13-11, which was the only indoor game the Americans have won over the Iroquois, and a loss Hill hasn't forgotten.
"It was my first time playing professional indoor lacrosse. It was pretty exciting and I was pretty excited to play," said the 22-year-old. "Yeah, it was a bitter loss. I got a lot coming into the game."
The Knighthawks forward is coming off an unbelievable summer with the Major Series Lacrosse Six Nations Chiefs. He won the Gene Dopp Award as Major Series Lacrosse's Rookie of the Year. He led the team with 21 goals and was third with 35 points. He also added a pair of game-winning goals. The award definitely came as a surprise.
"I was more focused on winning and even just playing and getting in the lineup. I was pretty happy I got that award," he said.
Now with the award in hand, Hill wants to continue to improve as he prepares for the upcoming NLL season.
"For myself, I feel like I have a little bit higher expectations because I know what my abilities are on the floor. I just want to top that," he said.
The Nationals roster features Knighthawks Cody Jamieson, Craig Point, Johnny Powless, Sid Smith, Travis Hill, and Andy Secore. In addition, Joe Walters, Joel White, Casey Powell and Jake Henhawk will be representing Team USA, giving "Kedoh" Hill a chance to play with and against his teammates.
"It's all fun," he said. "It's always good to get a couple shots in on your teammates and guys that you know. It's all just fun."
Not only did he play in the first Bowhunter Cup, but he has also played for the Iroquois in the 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships, earning a silver medal. He also has played for the Nationals U-19 field team.
"For me it's a lot about pride. I'm proud that I can represent my country and not only that, just playing lacrosse. Team USA is usually one of the top teams," said Hill. "It's going to be a good competitive game."