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Rochester Fights Bandits For Top Spot

03/28/2003, 2:46pm EST
By National Lacrosse League

The Rochester Knighthawks and Buffalo Bandits collide Saturday night in a battle for the Central Division regular season title at The Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial. The 7:35 p.m. game this Saturday will be broadcast on News Talk 950 WROC and televised on WB-16.

The K-Hawks (10-4) trail the first place Bandits (11-2) by one and a half games with just two games remaining. Rochester needs a victory Saturday at The Blue Cross Arena to stay alive in the battle for first place in the division. A loss would drop Rochester into the wild card round.

The Knighthawks clinched a playoff spot for the ninth straight season with a weekend sweep of the Colorado Mammoth and Columbus Landsharks. Rochester beat the Mammoth 16-12 on Friday night and defeated Columbus 11-10 on Sunday. The Knighthawks kept pace with the Central Division leading Buffalo Bandits, who beat the Ottawa Rebel twice this past weekend.

The K-Hawks and Bandits meet for the second time this season. Buffalo defeated Rochester 12-10 on March 7th at HSBC Arena. The Bandits can clinch the division and the No.1 seed in the NLL Champion's Cup Playoffs with a victory in Rochester.

If the Knighthawks win, the team will clinch a home playoff date. The K-Hawks can also host a postseason game if the Calgary Roughnecks
(7-6) lose another game.

Rochester finishes the 2002-03 regular season on Saturday, April 12th, as it hosts the Philadelphia Wings at 7:35 p.m. on Awards Night. This season, six awards will be presented prior to the contest. The honors handed out will include Most Valuable Player, Best Defenseman, Unsung Hero, Community Service, Most Popular Player and Fan of the Year.

Fans will have the opportunity to decide on two of the awards: Fan of the Year and Most Popular Player. Knighthawk fans can submit their entries online at www.knighthawks.net or by calling Hawk Talk on Tuesday nights. The show is broadcast on 89.7 FM WITR and online at www.modernmusicandmore.com from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings. Votes will also be accepted at the Knighthawks Ticket Table in the upper atrium lobby of The Blue Cross Arena.

2002-03 Rochester Knighthawk Awards:

? Community Service Award
? Best Defenseman
? Unsung Hero
? Most Valuable Player
? Most Popular Player
? Fan of the Year

News and Notes:

? Jeremy Hollenbeck will play in his 100th game on Saturday? He will receive a plaque prior to the game, commemorating the event.

? Pat O?Toole broke the franchise?s single-season loose ball record this past weekend? He has 133 loose balls in 14 games.

? Casey Zaph is two penalty minutes away from breaking his own single-season record of 53.

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