Maybe you've seen and heard the call of the final play of the 2013 NLL Championship Game on CBS Sports Network but check out the final seconds of the game as called by each team's broadcasters when the Rochester Knighthawks became the first back-to-back champion in a decade with their 11-10 win over the Washington Stealth at Langley Events Centre in British Columbia on Saturday, May 11.
Craig Rybczynski had the call on Knighthawks Radio and recently reflected on the final frantic moments.
"Those last eight seconds were as exciting as they come in the NLL," Rybczynski said. "One minute we were running out the clock and the next, Matt Vinc was making a game-saving stop to win us back-to-back championships. I was swept up in the emotion of the game as I tried to call the final seconds of a one-goal Championship Game. It was one of the most exciting finishes I ever had the pleasure of calling for the Rochester Knighthawks."
Meanwhile, Brad Challoner takes us through the last sequence of events from the Stealth's perspective on The Lacrosse Network.
"I was thinking 'all Joe Walters has to do is run that ball across center to safety and it's game over,'" Challoner said. "He's been Rochester's best one-on-one player all game, piece of cake right? Wrong. Somehow Jeff Moleski gets an angle on him and the double team sandwiches him into the wall just steps away from centre. Tyler Garrison picks up the loose ball, now I'm quickly thinking 'this rookie is going to score the biggest goal of the year. This has story-book written all over it.'
"If Garrison would have scored it would have been a hat-trick goal from a rookie defenseman who still has another year left of Junior lacrosse...miraculous. But, Brad Self races back and forces Garrison to make a bad pass over to Rhys Duch and 'the season ends with the league's best goaltender making a save on the league's leading goalscorer. The perfect ending to another exciting season for the NLL.' You can't make this stuff up."