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Rochester Embarks On 'Mammoth' Road Trip

03/19/2003, 3:05pm EST
By National Lacrosse League

In the 1800s, former newspaper writer, editor, and debater Horace Greeley championed the phrase, ?Go West, Young Man!? Greeley obviously never had the National Lacrosse League?s Rochester Knighthawks in mind when he promoted Western expansion in the United States.

But the K-Hawks are doing exactly that this week, heading out West in search of something more valuable than land or gold. The Knighthawks (8-4) are trying to gather two wins to bring back to Rochester as a showdown with the Central Division leading Buffalo Bandits (9-2) awaits the K-Hawks on Saturday, March 29th at The Blue Cross Arena.

This week, Rochester has a critical two-game road trip that begins in Denver and ends in Columbus, Ohio. The Knighthawks battle the Colorado Mammoth for the first time in franchise history on Friday at 9:00 p.m. at the Pepsi Center. The Mammoth (5-6) are also fighting for a playoff spot, as they trail the Philadelphia Wings (7-5) by one and a half games.

Following the game in Denver, the ?Hawks travel to meet the Columbus Landsharks on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. The ?Sharks are 6-6 and are tied for third place in the Central Division. Rochester won the first meeting this season, 12-5, as goaltender Pat O?Toole set a franchise record for the least amount of goals allowed in a Knighthawks game.

Rochester finishes the road portion of its schedule this week and returns home for two games, both against divisional leaders. The Bandits charge into Rochester on Saturday, March 29th and the Philadelphia Wings storm The Blue Cross Arena on Saturday, April 12th.

The Knighthawks practice on Tuesday, March 18th at Sportsplex in North Tonawanda at 8:45 p.m.

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