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Rock Hold On To Beat Knighthawks, 14 13

12/08/2008, 12:10pm EST
By National Lacrosse League

Newcomers Wiles, Crosbie combine for five goals in Rock debut

The Rochester Knighthawks fell to the rival Toronto Rock 14-13 in a National Lacrosse League scrimmage game this morning at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.

The Knighthawks were led by five points from Joe Walters (3 2) and three points from Shawn Evans (2 1) and two goals from Aaron Wilson. Toronto got three goals from Luke Wiles and two goals each from Jason Crosbie, John Gignac. Pat O'Toole made the start for Rochester, while Bob Watson started for the Rock. O'Toole allowed four goals before giving way to rookie netminder Ben VanEvery. Watson played the full two quarters and gave up seven goals.


Luke Wiles, who was acquired from Toronto this offseason, scored three goals in his Rock debut against the Knighthawks in preaseason action on Sunday.

The Rochester Knighthawks fell to the rival Toronto Rock 14-13 in a National Lacrosse League scrimmage game this morning at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.

The Knighthawks were led by five points from Joe Walters (3 2) and three points from Shawn Evans (2 1) and two goals from Aaron Wilson. Toronto got three goals from Luke Wiles and two goals each from Jason Crosbie, John Gignac.

Pat O'Toole made the start for Rochester, while Bob Watson started for the Rock. O'Toole allowed four goals before giving way to rookie netminder Ben VanEvery. Watson played the full two quarters and gave up seven goals.

With both team's starters in the game in the first half, Rochester took a 7-5 lead into halftime. In the first quarter, Rochester scored three of the last four goals to take a 5-3 lead. Toronto had tied the game at three on a goal by Kasey Beirnes at 9:59 before Jason Henhawk and Wilson netted consecutive goals before the end of the quarter.

Rochester shook off an early short-handed goal by Toronto to regain a two-goal lead on a break-away goal by Shawn Williams. Williams beat Watson with a low shot after catching a long outlet pass from Chris Schiller at 2:45 of the second quarter. Toronto had a great opportunity five minutes into the second quarter, but the Knighthawks killed off a 5-on-3 Rock advantage.

Walters then gave Rochester its largest lead of the first half with a quick-stick goal at 13:15, while the Knighthwks were on a five-minute power play. He converted a pretty pass from Wilson. The Rock answered back with a short-handed goal at 13:49 by Gignac, which his second goal of the game.

At halftime both teams made adjustments to their rosters with Rochester sitting their starting offense, while the Rock left Blaine Manning, Wiles and Crosbie in the game. The seasoned Rock offense pounded the Rochester defense and beat Phil Wetherup six times for an 11-10 lead after three. Mike Attwood played in goal for Toronto in the third quarter.

Crosbie notched his second of the game to start the fourth quarter, beating Grant Crawley. After Walters' second of the night, Wiles netted two straight for a 14-11 Toronto advantage. Walters responded and completed the hat trick at 7:57 and picked up an assist on Joel McCready's goal at 11:21 to bring Rochester to within one. Rock rookie goalie Derrick Gordon made the lead hold up as he stopped four shots in the final minute, including two by Walters, to preserve the victory.

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