Mar 10, 2018

frank-brown-signed.JPG(March 10, 2018)… The Rochester Knighthawks announced today that they have signed former Hobart College standout Frank Brown to a one-year deal. The transition player has been added to the active roster for tonight’s game.

“Thankfully, I was presented with the opportunity to come over to the Knighthawks,” said Brown, who started the season with the Georgia Swarm. “I am very excited to be here.”

The 24-year-old is in the midst of his rookie season in the National Lacrosse League after being selected 24th overall by the Swarm in the 2017 NLL Entry Draft. The hulking 6-foot-4, 200-pound Brown appeared in seven games this season with Georgia, recording one goal, six assists and 22 loose balls. Coming to Rochester is a fresh start for a player who has a ton of potential.

“He is fast, athletic and strong. He has a high lacrosse IQ, and is very attentive and smart,” said Knighthawks President of Lacrosse Operations Jake Henhawk. “He is a guy who can play both ends of the floor and we can plug him in wherever we need him. He is a good team guy who just wants to do whatever he can to help the team win and he has proven that.”

Brown was a member of the 2014 Minto Cup champion Six Nations Arrows. Henhawk was the general manager of that team, while Knighthawks assistant coach Marshall Abrams was the head coach. Having the chance to play for Abrams again was just an added bonus for Brown.

“I feel like the time I was with the Arrows, under Marshall, was one of my greatest periods of growth when it comes to box lacrosse,” he said. “I have a lot of admiration and respect for Marshall Abrams. The opportunity to play under him again made the proposition (to play in Rochester) that much more enticing.”

For the past two seasons, the Seneca Nation product has played Senior “B” ball for Native Sons and captured back-to-back Can-Am Lacrosse League Championships. In 2017, he collected 26 goals and 29 assists for 55 points in 10 games en route to a bronze medal in the President’s Cup. In the 2016 President’s Cup tournament, he was named the MVP of the semifinal game.

“The team we put together was a who’s who of the Can-Am and of the area, when you think about Cattaraugus and Allegany,” he said. “It was a culmination of really good Iroquois talent, primarily Senecas.”

“It was a really good experience to go to the President’s Cup and compete at that level of play,” he added. “The tournament exposed me to a level of play that wasn’t close to anything I experienced other than playing junior ball in Six Nations for two years.”

In 2014, Brown played for the Arrows and posted four goals and eight assists in seven games before being sidelined with an injury. The previous season, he was a member of the Six Nations Rebels and won the Junior “B” Founders’ Cup championship. According to his former coach, Marshall Abrams, he has all the tools to be successful in the professional ranks.

“He is big, fast and strong. He knows the field game; he knows the box game,” said Abrams. “He is everything you want in a player. He is a great fit for this league; it’s a great signing.”

Frank Brown 2.jpgBrown played his collegiate lacrosse at Hobart College, where he posted 81 goals and 39 assists for 120 points in 58 games. When he departed the college in Geneva, NY, he ranked seventh all-time in goals, eighth in points, and 12th in assists. 

In 2017, the attackman was named an Honorable Mention All-American after leading Hobart in goals (32) and points (50). He was also voted the Northeast Conference Player of the Year and the NEC Offensive Player of the Year. In 2016, he had a breakout season, notching a team-high 44 points as a junior. That season, he led Hobart to the NEC Tournament title and a berth in the NCAA tournament.

Brown described the impact playing at Hobart had on his life, and the influence he had on the program.

“The growth I experienced as a person and as a player at Hobart is something I am very proud of,” he said. “The legacy that I left at Hobart and the impact that the experience had on me is something I am forever grateful for.”

The former Hobart star will now try to duplicate that success at the pro level just 46 miles from where he was a college All-American.

“I am just excited to get the opportunity to play,” he said. “My time in Georgia was an adjustment period, but I proved to myself that I have the ability to play in this league no matter what position they put me in. I think I adapted to the need, the physicality and a lot of the other aspects of the game pretty well.”

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