Knighthawks, Stealth Earn Trip to Championship

The Swarm scored five of the seven goals in the second quarter and tied the game at 5-5 before halftime. Point scored Rochester's only goals of the quarter at 6:35 and 9:10, but Ryan Benesch and Jordan MacIntosh scored respectively in the final minute of the half to tie the contest.

Dan Dawson and Mike Accursi each scored once to take a two-goal cushion, but Benesch cut the deficit to 7-6 with his third of four goals.

Jamieson finished with a team-high five points (1+4) for the Knighthawks, followed by four points from Point (4-0) and Powless (3+1).

“That's the one thing we preach every time; it's not going to be on [Jamieson's] shoulders, it's not going to be on Dawson's shoulders, it's got to come from everybody,” Hasen said. “Tonight was [Point and Powless'] turn. That's what we need every night.”

In a similar fashion as the 2012 season, the Knighthawks built off a slow start to the regular season and began playing their best lacrosse in the playoffs, and now have a chance to win their fourth title in franchise history.

“Going there for a second year is pretty hard, I know that,” Point said. “It takes a lot out of you working all week and working out, then going on the weekends. You don't get too much of a break. But once you hold that Cup up in the end like we did last year-and hopefully we can repeat it-it feels awesome.”

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CALGARY, Alberta – The Washington Stealth scored early and never looked back as it earned its third trip to the NLL Championship Game in four years with a 14-13 NLL West Division Championship win over the Calgary Roughnecks, Saturday before 9.583 at the Scotiabank Sadddledome in Calgary, Alberta.

After taking an 8-5 half-time lead on three straight goals by Rhys Duch, Brett Bucktooth and Athan Iannucci, the Stealth withstood a dogged Roughnecks attack in the second half to hang on for the win.

Calgary's second-half attack on the Stealth was led by six Curtis Dickson goals in the third and fourth quarters that forced three ties through the 7:55 mark of the final quarter of play.

Duch scored the eventual game winner with just 6:54 to go. It was the NLL regular-season goals champion's third of the night.

Eight different players scored for Washington with Duch and Iannucci leading the way, each with three goals and four assists for seven points. Tyler Richards faced 52 shots to hold back the Roughnecks.

Calgary was led by Dickson with seven goals and an assist for eight points. Roughneck's goaltender Mike Poulin faced 43 Stealth shots.

Out-dueled by his brother Geoff Snider, the Stealth's Bob Snider won just six of 31 faceoffs on the day.

With the win, the Stealth will take on the defending NLL Champion Rochester Knighthawks, Saturday, May 11 at the Langley Events Centre in Langley, British Columbia in the 2013 NLL Championship Game Presented by Reebok. The NLL Championship Game gets underway at 4:00 p.m. PDT (7:00 p.m. EDT) and is televised live on the CBS Sports Network.

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