Rochester Knighthawks' Cody Jamieson won 2014 NLL scoring title with 108 points (36+72) this season. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Rochester Knighthawks forward Cody Jamieson has won the 2014 National Lacrosse League scoring title by recording a league-high 108 points (36+72) during the 18-game regular season which concluded this past weekend.
Cody Jamieson joined elite company Saturday night, following his 10-point effort in Rochester’s 16-14 win over the Buffalo Bandits. The four-year pro joined John Grant Jr. as the only other Knighthawk to win the National Lacrosse League scoring title.
Jamieson completed the 2014 season with a career-high 108 points to pass Toronto’s Garrett Billings and edge fellow Team 22 sponsored athlete Shawn Evans of the Calgary Roughnecks, who recorded 105 points.
“It feels good but (it has to do with) playing with great teammates,” said Jamieson. “They give me the ball when I’m open and I do the same. It just goes to show the depth and the great players that we have on offense that we just move the ball and good things happen.”
“He’s been a leader up front all year long for us and tonight was another good night for him,” said Hasen. “The one thing about Cody is that he makes everyone around him better and he did that again for us tonight.”
Saturday was an historic night for Jamieson, who also recorded his 200th NLL career assist. He wasted little time hitting the personal milestone, setting up Cory Vitarelli at 3:57 of the first quarter. The assist was part of an eight-assist effort, which tied a single-game high.
“Jammer,” along with Dan Dawson, broke the team’s single-season assist record of 67. The duo finished the season with 72 helpers to tie for second in the NLL. Jamieson also tied his career-high with 36 goals this season.
Social media was abuzz with congratulations for the Knighthawks star forward. Jamieson was humbled by the attention and remained focused on the ultimate team prize coming next month.
“Thanks to everyone for the kind words, but I want to win a different trophy,” wrote Jamieson via his Twitter handle @Cjamieson88. “The real season is upon us.”
As a result of his achievements, Jamieson is now a candidate for the league MVP award. John Grant Jr. is the only Knighthawk to achieve that feat. Coincidently, Grant received the honor in 2007 when he led the league in scoring en route to an NLL Championship.
Jamieson knows a few things about winning MVP awards, having won back-to-back NLL Championship Game MVP trophies en route to consecutive NLL titles.
On April 19th, Jamieson won his most recent MVP award, receiving Knighthawks Team MVP honors for the second time in his career. Jamieson’s highlights this season include an 11-point game on March 15th in a 17-12 win over the Toronto Rock. He also netted his 100th career goal earlier during the January 25th game against the Buffalo Bandits. His impact on the game, however, goes well beyond goals and assists.
“He exemplifies the Most Valuable Player when he’s playing, and when you need it the most, he takes the ball and goes to the net,” said Knighthawks Assistant Coach Pat O’Toole. “He does whatever he needs to do to take over the game or bring his level of play up.”
The Rochester assistant captain will now embark on his fourth straight playoff berth on May 10th when the Knighthawks play the winner of the Toronto-Buffalo East Division Semifinals. The 2014 Playoffs is just another chance for Jamieson to shine on the national stage.
“This is the time of year where everyone has to do their jobs,” said Jamieson. “I get excited and try to elevate my game to another level.”