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Knighthawks & Il: Box Lacrosse Prospect Day

The five-time World Champion Rochester Knighthawks are teaming up with Inside Lacrosse to host the first-ever Box Lacrosse Prospect Day. The day-long event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 9 at Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena prior to the Knighthawks’ home opener against the Colorado Mammoth.

“Inside Lacrosse is thrilled to partner with the Rochester Knighthawks to provide this truly unique opportunity for high school players,” said Dan Flynn, IL’s Director of Business Development and Events. “As the influence and importance of box skills grow, this event gives players a chance to learn from the best and then showcase what they can do. I think it will be an incredible one-day experience that will be a lot of fun.”

The Knighthawks/Inside Lacrosse Box Prospect Day will run from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena. The format features eight teams of 16 players and is open to male high school players (graduation years 2016-19).

The cost is $150 per player and includes a UN1TUS brand IL Prospect Day jersey, a six-month digital subscription to Inside Lacrosse and a ticket to the Knighthawks-Mammoth game. Additional tickets for family and friends can be purchased for only $10. At the Box Lacrosse Prospect Day, kids will also receive national exposure with Inside Lacrosse providing evaluation and coverage of all the action.

The Prospect Day kicks off with a two-hour box clinic with Knighthawks players and staff from 8:30 to 10:30 am. After working with the pros, the high school players will have a closed-door viewing of the Knighthawks’ pregame shoot around from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m. Lunch will follow at the arena and conclude at 12:30 p.m. During the afternoon, the local, regional and national student-athletes will participate in two to three box games from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The day will end with the Knighthawks’ 7:30 p.m. showdown against the Mammoth.

One player who has benefitted from the indoor game is Knighthawks veteran forward Joe Walters. Raised on field lacrosse in Rochester, Walters made the jump to the National Lacrosse League in 2009. In seven seasons, he has won three Champion’s Cups and developed into one of the best American-born players in the game.

“I am a big believer in learning the box game. The way that field lacrosse has developed, a lot of colleges, and especially pro teams, are adapting a more hybrid mix of box and field skill sets,” Walters said. “If you look across the Division I landscape, a lot of teams have kids from Canada on their team because they offer that box lacrosse skill set.

“I feel like I am a pretty good example of a field lacrosse player who has learned box lacrosse, and seen the benefits of learning both brands of lacrosse and how it can help your game.”

To be a part of his historic box lacrosse opportunity, players can click here to register or to learn more about the Knighthawks/Inside Lacrosse Box Prospect Day.

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