QUARTET OF NATIONALS TO PLAY FOR IROQUOIS
10/3/11 12:00 AM
(Hamilton, October 3)… Hamilton Nationals Cody Jamieson, Sid Smith, Brett Bucktooth and Jeremy Thompson will play for the Iroquois Nationals on Sunday, October 16th, as the Iroquois host the U.S. Men’s National Indoor Lacrosse Team in the Second Bowhunter Cup. The game, which will feature current and past Knighthawks players, will take place at the Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone Resort Casino at 6:00 p.m. at the Event Center.
“I am excited to play for the Iroquois. Anytime you can wear that jersey it is an honor,” said Jamieson. “We take pride in every opportunity to take the floor and play the Creator’s Game.”
Jamieson will compete in his second straight Bowhunter Cup. This summer, he was named to the All-World Team and the top Transition Player at the 2011 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. Jamieson earned the honors after scoring 16 goals and collecting six assists for the silver-medal winning Iroquois. Jamieson, who lives on Six Nations, completed his second season with the Hamilton Nationals. This summer, the 24-year-old attackman was third on the team with 26 points (16+10) in 11 games.
Smith will join his world game teammate in his first Bowhunter Cup. With the Iroquois Nationals, Smith was named to the All-World Team and selected as the Top Defenseman of the 2011 World Games. The 25-year-old from Six Nations finished his second season with the Nationals after getting selected in the first round of the 2009 MLL Collegiate Draft.
Bucktooth will participate in his second Bowhunter Cup. In 2011, he notched 18 points (12+6) in eight games with the Hamilton Nationals. The 28-year-old midfielder concluded his sixth season in the MLL this summer. The Nedrow, NY, native also played for the Iroquois Nationals at the 2011 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.
Thompson finished his rookie season with 10 points (6+4) in seven games after making the transition to pro lacrosse from Syracuse University. The Nats’ first-round selection was Syracuse’s highest scoring midfielder this season with 30 points (18+12). He also led the Orange with 61 faceoff wins en route to Third Team All-American honors. The 24-year-old midfielder from Onondaga Nation played in the first Bowhunter Cup.
The Nats are coming off a trip to the MLL Championship Finals after finishing the regular season tied for second place with a 7-5 record. Hamilton was the most improved team in the MLL, going from 3-9 to 7-5.
The Iroquois Nationals are 3-1 all-time against Team USA in indoor competition, most recently winning in pool play at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. Jamieson scored four goals to lead the Iroquois to an 11-10 comeback win at Eden Arena in Prague. In the inaugural Bowhunter Cup, Bill McGlone scored four goals to lead USA to its first-ever win over the Iroquois Nationals, a 13-11 victory at the War Memorial at Oncenter in Syracuse.
For this year’s event, tickets, priced at $20 for upper bowl reserved seating and $10 for lower bowl general admission (or obstructed view) for adults, or $10 (all seats) for youth 12 and under, are available at the Turning Stone Box Office or by calling 361-SHOW or toll-free at 1-877-833-SHOW. The Box Office is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased at any Ticketmaster location or online at ticketmaster.com.
The modern sport of lacrosse is derived from a game created by the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) centuries ago, and it still inspires cultural passion and community healing. Oneidas and other Iroquois cherished the game as entertainment and physical conditioning, but lacrosse was also a spiritual celebration. The game was said to be a gift from the Creator and, often, the game was played simply to please the Creator. It was also described as the medicine game since it was used to peacefully settle disputes between nations or villages. After games, the people would gather for a feast, strengthening the confederacy.