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Knighthawks Fighting To Reach 'Wla' Finals

08/10/2003, 3:15pm EDT
By National Lacrosse League

Six players from the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League are competing in the Western Lacrosse Association playoffs. John Grant, Ted Jenner, Andrew Turner, Shawn Williams, and Curt and Derek Malawsky are all playing to represent the WLA in the Mann Cup-which is awarded annually to the best senior amateur team in Canada. The WLA playoffs are underway in Coquitlam, B.C. and Victoria, B.C., and feature the four best teams in the league. The first best-of-seven series matches the regular-season champion Coquitlam Adanacs against fourth-ranked North Shore in Series A. In Series B, the No. 2 ranked Victoria Shamrocks battle the third-ranked Burnaby Lakers. John Grant, Shawn Williams and Curt Malawsky play for the Adanacs, who finished the regular season with a 17-3-0 record. Grant played a huge role in the team's success, ending the season second in the league in scoring with 89 points (54 35) in 17 games. In addition, Williams was 13th in the league with 24 goals and 32 assists in 14 games. Malawsky played in only four games, but notched nine goals and three assists. The defending WLA champion Victoria Shamrocks also have three Knighthawks on their roster. Andrew Turner, Derek Malawksy and Ted Jenner all play for the Shamrocks. Malawsky finished tied for 17th in the WLA with 50 points (14 36) in 14 games. Turner registered four goals and 17 assists in 18 games and Jenner chipped in with 33 points (11 22) in 12 games.

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