January 22, 2010

Knighthawks Sign and Activate Abrams

from press releases

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Rochester Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres announced today that the team has signed and activated veteran defenseman Marshall Abrams and released forward Jason Henhawk and defenseman Donny Moss. The moves are pending league approval.

"Last year he couldn't play due to family commitments and coaching the Arrows. We told him as soon as he was ready we would like to have him back. We asked him and he said, ‘Yes,'" said Styres. "He has been practicing with us and is ready to roll. Marshall is a big, strong, fast-footed defenseman that can go one-on-one with anyone's best player.

"We had the potential to make a move to make us better. Marshall certainly does that," he added. "If we can make a move to make us stronger we are going to make it."

Abrams (Onondaga Nation) enters his ninth season of pro lacrosse and his eighth as a Knighthawk in 2010. In his career, he has played in 98 games and recorded eight goals, 42 assists and 468 loose balls. In 2008, he played in all 16 games and collected five assists and 66 loose balls. In 2007, he won his first NLL championship as a member of the Knighthawks.

"I am excited to be back," said Abrams, who retired last season. "I want to see how I do on the floor after taking a season off. I plan to get back into playing shape as soon as possible."

Internationally, the defenseman was an alternate captain for the Iroquois Nationals at the 2007 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship and won a silver medal at the 2003 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship.

Abrams played his college lacrosse at Syracuse University (1997-2000) and was a three-time All-American. In 2000, he was named the Defenseman of the Year. In addition, he was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team in 1999 and 2000. He also was a member of the 2000 Division I NCAA National Champion Orange.

The Knighthawks (2-0) continue their three-game road trip with a stop at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday, January 23rd against the Toronto Rock (2-0). The 7:00 p.m. contest will be broadcast live on The Zone 94.1 FM and thezone941.com. Fans can also watch the game live on the NLL Network.

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