FAN FRIDAY WITH DEBORAH BOEJun 9, 2017
(June 9, 2017)… After years of coming to Rochester Knighthawks games with West Irondequoit lacrosse, Deborah Boe and her family became avid fans in 2014. It was an incredible season as the Knighthawks pulled off the first three-peat in National Lacrosse League history.
The following season, the Boes became season ticket holders.
Aside from the championship in 2014, Deborah’s biggest thrill as a fan was watching her son Ryan play for the Jr. Knighthawks PeeWee team at the 2016 Jr. NLL Tournament. It was a dream come true for a kid whose bedroom wall is covered in Knighthawks and Jr. Knighthawks memorabilia.
“I couldn't have been more proud of watching him play at the Jr. NLL tournament,” said the mother of five. “It was definitely a stellar parent moment. We are truly some of the biggest Knighthawks fans out there.”
In this edition of the Fan Friday, we learn more about Deborah Boe and her family’s love of the Knighthawks.
What first brought you to a Knighthawks game?
We started going to Knighthawks games when Ryan started playing lacrosse in West Irondequoit. We went with his team to games during a couple of seasons.
How long have you been a season ticket holder?
In 2014, we went to all the home games and then became season ticket holders in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Can't wait for next year!
What is your favorite part of the game(s)?
Ryan said his favorite part of the games is when the Knighthawks score. While I do agree with him, I would add that the enthusiasm and dedication from the fans makes the games absolutely exhilarating.
Do you have any interesting rituals? Any good luck routines?
My good luck routine involves wearing Knighthawks apparel and bringing my purple Knighthawks cowbell. Your son Ryan played for the Jr. Knighthawks last year.
How great was it to watch your son represent Rochester?
Words simply cannot describe how that felt as a parent. Initially, I felt personal accomplishment. Ryan had been a player in the Jr. NLL tournament before. I came back from Oakville and continuously encouraged and advocated for Rochester player participation. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that a Jr. Knighthawks team, primarily based out of Rochester, would really happen. Thank you (Knighthawks staff members) Charlie (Ragusa) and Nate (Snyder) for putting up with me.
Ryan was ecstatic to try out and make the team. He had played Native box lacrosse for several years and was out of his mind with excitement to be a direct representative of his favorite professional team. The look in his eyes and his enthusiasm for playing with the Jr. K-Hawks made every effort spent in years of lacrosse worth it.
Favorite memory as a fan:
My most favorite memory is when we were at The Blue Cross Arena and the Knighthawks won their third straight championship! What a great season ending with the ultimate prize.