DIRTY LAX FALLS ONE GOAL SHORT IN FINALS
10/31/11 12:00 AM
(Hamilton, October 31)… The Dirty Lacrosse Club lost a hard-fought 5-4 decision to defending champion Wimmer Solutions in the Finals of the Hawaii Invitational Lacrosse Tournament Sunday. Dirty Lax nearly tied the game but hit the goal post with 18 seconds to play.
“It was a terrific game. Our boys played really well and ran into a hot goalie in Galloway from Syracuse,” said The Dirty Lacrosse Club President Jason Donville, who also scouts for the Knighthawks. “I was really proud of how the boys played.”
In the finals, The Dirty Lacrosse Club held two one-goal leads in the first half on goals by Curtis Dickson and Johnny. Each time, Wimmer responded with goals by Justin Smith. In the second half, Connor Martin notched two straight goals for the largest lead of the contest at 4-2. After a Dirty Lax goal to cut the lead to one at 4-3, Ben Rubeor scored what proved to be the game winner. Kevin Crowley cut the deficit down to one and had a chance to tie the contest, but hit the post on a last-second shot. Dirty Lax’s Bob Snider was again dominant on faceoffs, but Wimmer goalie John Galloway, a first-time Hawaii participant, won MVP honors.
“It was unbelievable with a great group of guys in an awesome setting. Everyone’s wishing we could stay longer. The result wasn't what we wanted, but it was a great game for the players and the fans,” said Crowley.
Rochester Knighthawks Powless, Stephen Keogh and Jarrett Davis played in the team’s inaugural tournament at Kapiolani Park in Honolulu. The game featured stars of both the National Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse. Other notables on The Dirty Lacrosse Club were Kevin Crowley, Curtis Dickson, Kyle Rubisch, Johnny Powless and Jeremy Thompson. Wimmer’s roster included Gary Gait, Max Seibald, Mike Evans, Kyle Hartzell, Brett Queener, Anthony Kelly and Garrett Billings.
Dirty Lax advanced to the Finals after a 15-0 victory over the Barbary Coast in the semifinals.
“Hawaii was awesome, had a great trip. It was great to play with the guys that you compete against all the time,” said Davis.
Fans can see the Knighthawks in action on Saturday, December 17th, as the team hosts a home preseason against the Minnesota Swarm at 7:00 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena. Tickets for the game are FREE and available at the Knighthawks Office. For more information or to purchase season tickets, call (585) 454-HAWK (4295).