If you missed the Rochester Knighthawks vs. Vancouver Stealth game last Saturday, you really missed a barn burner. The game was an up and down roller coaster that played with the hearts of the Rochester crowd.
The Stealth came out firing, giving Coach Hasen no choice but to put in back-up goalie, Angus Goodleaf. Goodleaf entered the game with the Knighthawks down 8-3, and he completely changed the momentum for his squad.
As I was watching it all play out on the floor, I recall myself thinking, “this is what lacrosse is all about!”
It was played with pride, dedication and love for the sport. Every second was played full speed and the level of aggression was through the roof. Ball movement was impeccable on both ends and extra man opportunities always seemed to find the back of the net. The entire game was gruesome, hard-hitting, in-your-face lacrosse, and it was beautiful to watch.
Heading into overtime tied at 15-15, this game instantly became a vital one for Rochester to win in front of its home crowd. Possession changed several times throughout overtime and several pipes were hit by balls coming out Vancouver players’ sticks as the precious seconds ticked down.
In every overtime situation needs a hero, and in this case, it was unclear which player was about to step up big for his team. Rochester’s Cody Jamieson was the last person to handle the ball on Saturday as he plucked a corner from a spinning 8 yard rip.
Blue Cross Arena erupted as the Knighthawks knocked out the Stealth. Jamieson grinned. Finally, Jammertime once again!
Knighthawks 16, Stealth 15 | Feb. 13, 2016
All photos courtesy the National Lacrosse League. For a full recap of the game, visit NLL.com.