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Knighthawks Take Keogh Second Overall, Select Powless and White in Top 10

September 21, 2011 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Rochester Knighthawks News Release

(Toronto, September 21)... After taking Stephen Keogh with the second-overall pick, the Rochester Knighthawks selected 18-year-old lacrosse phenom Johnny Powless and Syracuse University standout Joel White. The two were part of nine picks tonight for the Knighthawks.

"He is probably the most athletic kid I have seen in a long time," said Keogh. "He is very offensive and he just wants to win. I am glad to be his teammate again."

Powless was drafted with the fifth pick overall, which was acquired from Calgary in a draft day trade that sent Shawn Evans and a first rounder in the 2012 draft to the Roughnecks. Powless has had an incredible two-year run in junior lacrosse, amassing 111 goals and 69 assists for 180 points in just 43 games. This summer, he won the Gaylord Powless Award as the Junior "A" Most Sportsmanlike Player. Last year, the forward from Six Nations won the Joe Nieuwendyk Award as the 2010 Junior "A" Rookie of the Year. Powless led the lacrosse in scoring with 65 goals and was fourth with 102 points.

"It feels pretty good," said Powless, as the youngster flashed a big smile. "I am excited to play with the Knighthawks."

Rochester picked White with the 10th overall selection in the 2011 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft. He comes to Rochester from Syracuse University, where he was a standout defensive midfielder. The Cortland, NY, native was a two-time Tewaaraton finalist. In 2011, he was named a unanimous 2011 All-BIG EAST First Team choice, as he led the Orange in ground balls (79) and 30 caused turnovers. White's career numbers are the best among the best in program history. He stands as Syracuse's all-time leader in ground balls (283) and is the school's career leader in points (28) and goals (18) by a defensive player. This summer, he played for the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse.

In the third round (23rd overall), the Knighthawks selected Kyle Andrews from the Junior "A" Brampton Excelsiors. He has spent the last four seasons for the Excels and appeared in one game at the major level in 2011 and five Major Series Lacrosse Playoff games in 2010. Andrews also played for the Minto Cup in 2009.

Rochester drafted another Six Nations player in Shane Cater, taking him in the fourth round (32nd overall). He was acquired by the Junior "A" Arrows for their Minto Cup run this summer. He played for the Barrie Lakeshores for three seasons. In his career, the forward has collected 31 goals and 89 assists in 68 games.

"He is tenacious and plays tough," said Assistant General Manager Landon Miller.

The fifth round (36th overall) brought ball-hawking transition man Aaron Tackaberry and defenseman Cal Kitson to the Knighthawks. Tackaberry was a standout for the Calgary Junior "A" Raiders where he collected an astonishing 334 loose balls over three seasons. Tackaberry played in 57 games and recorded 68 goals and 66 assists. Kitson played for the Junior "A" Mississauga Tomahawks during the 2010 season and for part of the 2011 campaign before being acquired by the Brampton Excelsiors for their Junior "A" playoff drive. In the sixth round, Rochester drafted Kraig Maracle of Six Nations (45th) and Grant Catalino from the University of Maryland (49th). Maracle has played five seasons in the Six Nations system, including three at the Junior "A" level with the Arrows. In his Junior "A" career, he has recorded 27 goals and 53 assists in just 26 games.

Catalino was the last pick by his hometown Knighthawks. The Webster native was a standout at the University of Maryland where was a three-time All-American. He finished his career 10th in Maryland men's lacrosse history in points (185) and seventh in goals (119). In 2007, Catalino was named the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year after leading Webster Schroeder to a 19-1 record with 65 goals and 35 assists for 100 points. He played for the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse this summer.


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