Syracuse graduate Cody Jamieson wins his first National Lacrosse League Rookie of the Month award as a member of the Rochester Knighthawks.
Cody Jamieson thrilled a national TV audience two years ago with his game-winning overtime goal to give Syracuse University the 2009 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship. On Saturday, “Jammer” again produced with thousands watching, as he registered his finest game as a pro in front of a sold-out arena and a national TV audience on VERSUS.
Jamieson scored three goals and added four assists in a 15-9 victory over the Buffalo Bandits en route to his first NLL Rookie of the Month award. With the seven points, he also won the rookie scoring race. The last time that happened in Knighthawks history was in 2000 when John Grant Jr. led all NLL rookies.
“It is something I wanted to do once I got drafted,” said Jamieson. “I wanted it but I wanted to win first and foremost.”
In April, the 23 year old from Six Nations had his best month as a pro, contributing 22 points (10+12) as Rochester went 4-1 and finished in a three-way tie for first in the East Division. He also chipped in 14 loose balls. He saved his best game for the regular season finale, recording a career-high seven points against the East Division rival Bandits at HSBC Arena.
“Not to mention it was Rochester and Buffalo, but I know a lot of the guys on their team,” said Jamieson. “There is a lot of pride and bragging rights when you come home. Anytime you get to play against them, you get fired up.”
Jamieson recorded a point in all 16 games this season after being selected No. 1 overall in the 2010 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft. He also led the K-Hawks with 28 goals and was third on the team in points. This season, he won NLL Rookie of the Week honors five times. Jamieson is a candidate for the weekly award again and is in the running for the NLL Rookie of the Year award.
Jamieson and the Knighthawks will be in the spotlight next weekend, as they open the 2011 Champion’s Cup Playoffs. The Sunday, May 1st contest against the Toronto Rock will be carried across Canada on TSN2 and around the world on the NLL Network. The 3:30 p.m. game will also be broadcast live on The Zone 94.1 FM and www.thezone941.com.
“I am really excited. It is a whole new feeling going into playoffs,” said Jamieson. “I am used to one-game playoffs. I did it at Syracuse and the first year we went all the way and the next year we went out in the first round. I look forward to having a long playoff run.”