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Knighthawks Rout Bandits, 18 9

03/29/2003, 2:39pm EST
By National Lacrosse League

The Rochester Knighthawks defeated the Buffalo Bandits, 18-9, in front of 10,379 fans at the Blue Cross Arena. Rochester dominated the entire game, but embarassed their division rivals in the fourth quarter, outscoring them 7-1.

John Tavares started the scoring for Buffalo, but it would be their only lead of the game. Derek Malawsky scored minutes later, and John Grant followed it up with a pair to put Rochester up 3-1. Kerry Susheski responded for Buffalo, but Grant answered right back, and the Knighthawks led 4-2 after the first quarter.

Jonas Derks cut the lead to a goal only 22 seconds into the 2nd quarter, however, the Knighthawks rattled off four straight goals to take command of the game. John Tavares cut into the lead towards the end of the half, but Rochester still led 8-4 at the half.

Rochester came out on fire in the second half, scoring three of the first four goals out of the locker room. Mike Accursi cut into the lead for Buffalo, and John Tavares scored two straight to make the score 11-8 in favor of the Knighthawks with one quarter to play.

The Knighthawks dominated the fourth quarter, blowing the game open and forcing Steve Dietrich out of the net. Cory Quinn fared no better in net, as the Knighthawks had no trouble putting the ball past him.

John Grant was named game MVP, scoring six goals and adding four assists to lead the Knighthawks. The six goals makes Grant the Knighthawks all-time leading scorer.

Rochester improves to 11-4, clinching at least the fourth overall seed in the postseason and a home playoff game. The Knighthawks host Philadephia in their season finale in two weeks. Buffalo falls to 11-3, failing to clinch the Central Division and the first overall seed. The Bandits host the New Jersey Storm before heading out West to take on the Calgary Roughnecks.

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