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Walters and Catalino Have Huge Nights, But Jamieson and Iroquois Earn Bowhunter Cup

October 16, 2011 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Rochester Knighthawks News Release

(Verona, NY, October 16)... The future looks promising for the Rochester Knighthawks as Joe Walter (2+6), Grant Catalino (4+1) and Cody Jamieson (3+2) played major roles for their teams in the Second Annual Bowhunter Cup tonight at Oneida Indian Nation's Turning Stone Resort Casino at the Event Center.

The Iroquois Nationals edged a young Team USA 14-13 to capture their second straight win over the Americans. The victory also avenged the loss to the Americans in the first Bowhunter Cup last year.

Catalino, Walters and Greg Rogowski (3+1) powered the Americans offense, which rallied to take a 12-11 lead into the final quarter. Brett Bucktooth erased the US lead with consecutive goals and a 13-12 lead and Gewas Schindler (two goals) scored an insurance goal at 10:45, which proved to be the game-winner. The US had three opportunities to tie the game but goalie Jeff Powless made two huge saves in the final seconds.

The Iroquois opened the scoring as Tyler Hill scored from left-wing side for a 1-0 Nationals lead at 1:05. The US answered quickly on the power play with a marker from NLL rookie Grant Catalino. Dan Hardy (2+2) and Walters assisted on the goal at 1:54. Hill helped the Nationals regain the lead at 2:37, but once again the Americans were quick to counter. Hardy from Walters made it 2-2 at 3:10. Jamieson netted two highlight reel goals as the Nationals built a 5-3 lead. The Americans responded with a diving goal by Rogowski and Catalino's second of the night with 0.5 seconds to play.

The Americans continued the momentum into the second with goals by Joel White, Max Seibald and Ethan Farrell to take an 8-6 lead at 2:26. Not to be outdone, the Iroquois roared back with a pretty breakaway goal by Jeremy Thompson and an "Air Gait" impersonation by Jamieson for his third of the game at 3:23. Rogowski restored order for the US with his second of the contest as the Americans took a 9-8 lead. Yet, the Nats scored the last two goals of the quarter to pull ahead 10-9 after the first half.

Nationals took an 11-9 lead on goal by Schindler with Jamieson and Blue Hill assisting at 9:54. Walters then answered with his second of the game at 10:26 on a great individual effort to get to the cage. His sixth point of the game cut the Iroquois lead to 11-10. Catalino tied the game at 11 with his third of the game at 11:07 time of the goal. Rogowski assisted and then tallied his third of the game to give the US a 12-11 advantage. Walters and Deckelbaum assisted.

After three straight Nationals goals in the fourth, Catalino cut the deficit to 14-13 with 27.2 to play. The Americans swarmed the Iroquois' goal, but Powless made key saves to preserve the win.

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