Knighthawks Beat PCLC To Snap Six-Game Skid

Week 14 in the NLL closed with the Rochester Knighthawks at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth facing the Panther City Lacrosse Club. PCLC was on the back end of a doubleheader, having dropped an overtime decision to San Diego two nights before. The Knighthawks were on a six-game losing skid after starting the season 3-0. However, Rochester would right the ship, as Connor Fields and Thomas McConvey set franchise records in a 19-15 victory. The Knighthawks improved to 4-6, finally getting their first win of 2024. Panther City falls to 5-6 after dropping both games of their doubleheader weekend. However, they remain in the playoff picture, currently tied with Buffalo and Calgary for 6th place.

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Knighthawks chase Damude in first half

Rochester would run out to a 4-0 lead off a pair of goals from Thomas McConvey, and markers from Curtis Knight and Ryan Smith. Jonathan Donville broke the run to get Panther City on the board. Dan Lomas and Will Malcom then exchanged power play goals to end the first quarter with the Knighthawks leading 5-2. Connor Fields and Malcom traded goals to make it 6-3 before Rochester went on another run. Power play goals from Fields and McConvey, as well as a goal from Kyle Waters extended the Knighthawks lead to 9-3 and chased PCLC goaltender Nick Damude in favor of Cam MacLeod. PCLC scored three of the next four goals: Jason Knox on a power play, Malcom’s third, and Josh Medeiros. Rochester’s goal came courtesy of Knight to take a 10-6 lead into halftime.

Knighthawks survive wild fourth quarter

Donville scored twice for Panther City in the third quarter, but Smith, Fields, and Lomas countered to extend the Knighthawks’ lead to 13-8 with 15 minutes left to play. The fourth quarter would be the wildest one, with a total of 13 goals registered. Panther City got seven of them, with Malcom scoring four, Phil Caputo adding two, and Knox adding his second. McConvey added three more for Rochester, along with Smith’s third, Waters’ second on a power play, and Ryan Lanchbury.

Despite the win, Rochester is still in 12th place in the Unified Standings. However, they are a mere half-game out of a playoff spot. Another tough test awaits them, as they next have a home-and-home series with the second-place Albany FireWolves. Panther City has their own tough stretch of games coming up: road games against Philadelphia and Halifax, followed by a home game against Buffalo (the first ever meeting between the teams), then another road game against San Diego, who beat them in the front end of this week’s doubleheader.

Other Stats of Note

Fields set single-game franchise records for assists (11) and points (14). McConvey’s sock trick set a franchise high for goals in a game (6). Knighthawks goaltender Riley Hutchcraft made a career-high 47 saves for his first win since December. Panther City forward Will Malcom, who registered a 14-point night earlier in the season, scored 11 points (7g, 4a). However, Callum Crawford was held to just five assists for the game.

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk was formally introduced to box lacrosse when he attended a New England Black Wolves game on a whim in 2016. Instantly hooked, he has since become an avid follower of the National Lacrosse League. Following the postponement of the 2019-2020 NLL season, he was offered the chance to share his wealth of statistical knowledge and unique insights with the lacrosse community at large. He cheerfully accepted, and currently serves as Edge of Philly’s correspondent for both the Albany FireWolves and New York Riptide.