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Apr 26, 2016

(April 26, 2016)… The Rochester Knighthawks handed out their 2016 Team Awards, following their showdown with the Buffalo Bandits Saturday night. The Knighthawks honored seven players and two members of their lacrosse staff for their outstanding contributions to the team.

This season, the Awards Ceremony had a special twist as the Knighthawks selected a dozen fans to participate in the festivities. The first award of the evening was presented by season ticket holders Paul and Chantal Oke. The Kitchener, Ontario natives handed Graeme Hossack the team’s Rookie of the Year award. The former second-round pick has played in all 16 games this season and has been a dominant force on defense in his inaugural pro season.

The next honor was handed out by Tim and Jenn Knab. The Knabs, who have been season ticket holders since the first season in 1995, gave defenseman Dylan Evans the team’s Wolf Pack. It was the second time in his career that Evans has captured the award that recognizes dedication to the team. In 2016, Evans has played in 13 games and won 164 faceoffs, while scooping up 56 loose balls.

The Community Service Award was next up as season ticket holders Jason and Melanie Childers presented Joe Walters with the honor. It marked the seventh time in his career that the Rochester native has garnered the award that honors commitment to the local community. This season, Walters has visited over 5,000 kids and taught them lessons about lacrosse, healthy living and combating bullying.

Offensive MVP was the next award, as Knighthawks Hall of Famer Mike Accursi was joined by season ticket holder Rick Campbell and his son, Matthew, at the awards table. The trio handed the award to Cody Jamieson, who leads the team in assists and points this season. Jamieson captured the award for the second straight season.

The Best Defenseman Award went to a first-time winner, Scott Campbell. "Soupy" was recognized by his teammates after appearing in 15 games and collecting 85 loose balls. The veteran defenseman has also spent some time on offense this year, scoring four goals and dishing out nine assists. Campbell received his plaque from season ticket holders Dave and Sheryle Grieco, who travel to Rochester each home game from their home in Philadelphia.

One of the final awards of the evening was the MVP Award, presented by RICOH USA. This year, the honor was bestowed upon goalie Matt Vinc and forward Cody Jamieson. Bob Proctor and Frank Valenti of RICOH USA distributed the hardware to the 2016 co-winners. It was the fourth win for Vinc and the third for Jamieson.

The final team honor Saturday night went to the Seventh Man. This year, athletic trainer Steve Lobsinger and equipment manager Dave Sowden were voted the recipients of the award that recognizes the person or persons who will stop at nothing to do whatever the team needs to be successful. Sowden is now a two-time winner of the Seventh Man, while Lobsinger accepted his first award.

Knighthawks Awards
Rookie of the Year: Graeme Hossack 
Wolf Pack Award: Dylan Evans 
Community Service Award: Joe Walters 
Offensive MVP: Cody Jamieson 
Best Defenseman: Scott Campbell 
MVP: Cody Jamieson and Matt Vinc 
Seventh Man Award: Steve Lobsinger and Dave Sowden

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