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USA and Iroquois to Take Center Stage

October 12, 2012 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Rochester Knighthawks News Release

The Third Annual Bowhunter Cup is set for Saturday, October 13th at 8:00 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena. The International Exhibition features the Iroquois Nationals and the United States. Each team has posted one win in the series.

Get your Tickets: 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 1-800-745-3000. Individual tickets range in price from $18 to $30, while group seats are $13 to $22.

Head-to-Head: 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.

Game on the Tube: The game will be televised live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet with Knighthawks broadcaster Craig Rybczynski doing the play-by-play and former NLL and Iroquois Nationals star Neal Powless providing the color commentary.

Knighthawks' Hall of Famers in the House: USA General Manager Regy Thorpe, Head Coach Tim Soudan and Iroquois Head Coach Duane Jacobs are the three Knighthawks' Hall of Famers that will be behind the benches for the Bowhunter Cup.

Playing on their home turf: The 2012 World Champion Rochester Knighthawks are the best represented NLL team in the Bowhunter Cup with 11 players taking part in the contest. The Iroquois Nationals' roster includes seven players: Cody Jamieson, Sid Smith, Alex "Kedoh" Hill, Johnny Powless, Travis Hill, Craig Point and Andy Secore. The American team will also have a Rochester flavor with Joe Walters, Casey Powell, Jake Henhawk and Joel White confirmed to play in the game.

USA Notes: The United States enters the game after winning a bronze medal at the 2011 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. The Americans lost 11-10 to the Iroquois Nationals in the preliminary round. In September 2011, the Americans lost their second straight one-goal game to the Iroquois, dropping 14-13 decision in the 2011 Bowhunter Cup. On October 13th, the U.S. will have three players recently selected in the NLL Entry Draft in Joe Resetarits, Mike Manley and Matt Gibson. The Americans have two of their goalies onboard from the 2011 Worlds in Erik Miller and Jake Henhawk.

Iroquois Notes: The Nationals are led by 2012 NLL Championship Game MVP Cody Jamieson. "Jammer" was a Second Team All-Pro last season for the Rochester Knighthawks. He will have some familiar help on offense with Craig Point, and young stars Alex "Kedoh" Hill and Johnny Powless on the Nationals. Powless won a championship in his inaugural pro season while earning All-Rookie Team honors at just 19 years old. Hill was named the Major Series Lacrosse Rookie of the Year after an impressive summer with the Six Nations Chiefs. Point adds a steady veteran presence in his first Bowhunter Cup. In goal, Mike Thompson will make his final start after retiring from the NLL after last season. He recently led the Peterborough Lakers to a Mann Cup title. Thompson and Angus Goodleaf are the goaltending duo for the Iroquois, as they were in Prague in 2011.

2015 Worlds going local: The Iroquois will host the 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships at Tsha'Hon'nonyen'dakhwa' Onondaga Nation Arena, and First Niagara Center in Buffalo in September of 2015.

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