September 8, 2010

Rochester Tabs Jamieson No. 1 in Draft

from staff reports

As expected and long awaited, Cody Jamieson joined the NLL ranks Wednesday as the No. 1 pick in the entry draft by the Rochester Knighthawks "It is a dream come true, finally," he said.

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The Rochester Knighthawks selected Syracuse University and Six Nations forward Cody Jamieson with the first overall pick in Wednesday’s National Lacrosse League entry draft at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle. Jamieson becomes the fifth Knighthawk to be selected first overall and second in as many years, joining longtime teammate and close friend Sid Smith (2009), perennial NLL All-Star John Grant Jr. (2000), Casey Powell (1999) and Cam Bomberry (1995).

Boston tabbed Dowling College standout Kyle Rubisch second, and Calgary picked the NCAA's top scorer from 2010 in Delaware's Curtis Dickson third. Minnesota selected Andrew Suitor (RIT) fourth and Rochester took Jarrett Davis (Bellarmine) to round out the top five picks. Full draft results appear below.

Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres and NLL legend Gary Gait appropriately handed Jamieson the No. 22 jersey. Gait wore No. 22 the past two seasons with Rochester and wore the number at Syracuse University. Jamieson wore the storied number at SU in 2010 and now appears ready to wear the number with Rochester.

“It is a dream come true, finally," said Jamieson, who was surrounded by a dozen family members including Uncle Curt Styres. "Every kid growing up wants to be a pro athlete and I have been thinking about this day for a long time."

Jamieson joins the Knighthawks after completing his senior season in 2010 at Syracuse University, scoring 28 goals while adding 13 assists for 41 points to finish second on the Orange in scoring while appearing in all 15 games. A native of Six Nations, Ontario, Jamieson had a season to remember in 2009, connecting with Sid Smith to score the overtime game-winning goal to lift SU to its second consecutive National championship and fifth in the last 10 years.

Prior to his tenure with the Orange, the 5-foot-10, 200-pound forward spent two seasons (2006-07) with Onondaga Community College, leading the Lazers to back-to-back NJCAA national championships and a combined record of 33-0. During the 2007 season, Jamieson led the nation in points (116), goals (65) and assists (51) en route to earning the David Rowlands Award as the NJCAA Male Student-Athlete of the Year. For his efforts, he was also voted the 2007 Mid-State Athletic Conference Player of the Year, the Region III Player of the Year, an NJCAA first-team All-American and the NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year. If that wasn’t enough, Jamieson netted a team-high nine goals in the national title game against Nassau Community College on his way to winning game MVP honors for the second straight year.

A 2010 second-round draft pick of Major League Lacrosse’s Toronto Nationals, Jamieson also plays summer ball for his hometown Six Nation Chiefs in the Ontario Lacrosse Association Major Series. This past summer, Jamieson finished second on the team and fifth in the league with 62 points (28+34) in 15 games. He posted his best season in the MSL in 2009, being named the winner of the Jim Murphy Award as the league’s MVP, the Gene Dopp Award as outstanding rookie and the Buck McDonald Award as the league’s top scorer with 48 goals and 48 assists for a league-best 96 points. The campaign marked the first time in MSL history anyone won all three awards in the same season.

1. Rochester - Cody Jamieson - Syracuse University
2. Boston - Kyle Rubisch - Dowling College
3. Calgary - Curtis Dickson - Delaware University
4. Minnesota - Andrew Suitor - R.I.T.
5. Rochester - Jarrett Davis - Bellarmine University
6. Calgary - Dan MacRae - R.I.T.
7. Boston - David Brock - University at Albany
8. Calgary - Brandon Ivey - Orangeville, ON
9. Buffalo - Travis Irving - New Westminster, BC
10. Rochester - Ryan McClelland - Colgate University

11. Colorado - Ned Crotty - Duke University
12. Rochester - Josh Ruys - Burlington, ON
13. Buffalo* - Ben McCullough - SUNY Potsdam
14. Toronto - Glen Bryan - Orangeville, ON
15. Minnesota* - Scott Rodgers - University of Notre Dame
16. Toronto - Sean Robinson - Hobart College
17. Calgary - Derek Hopcroft - Bellarmine University
18. Minnesota - Josh Gillam - Dartmouth College
19. Philadelphia - Brodie MacDonald - Coquitlam, BC
20. Philadelphia - Max Quinzani - Duke University
21. Buffalo - Wayne Van Every - Six Nations, ON

22. Colorado - Ken Clausen - University of Virginia
23. Philadelphia - Christian Scuderi - Hofstra University
24. Rochester - Scott Johnston - Burlington, ON
25. Philadelphia - Justin Pennington - Rutgers University
26. Boston - Matt Quinton - Roanoke College
27. Minnesota* - Ryan Hurley - Cornell University
28. Edmonton - John LaFontaine - Whitby, ON
29. Edmonton - Alexander Kedoh Hill - Six Nations, ON
30. Toronto - Rob Hellyer - Orangeville, ON
31. Washington - David Joyce - Coquitlam, BC

32. Calgary - Jordan Sealock - Robert Morris University
33. Philadelphia - Ryan Nizolek - University of Virginia
34. Toronto** - Kyle O'Brien - Dowling College
35. Boston - Martin Cahill - University of Delaware
36. Boston - Brock Armour - Towson University
37. Buffalo - Holdon Vyse - Six Nations, ON
38. Edmonton - Cameron Holding - Florida Southern College
39. Calgary - Nick Bilic - Coquitlam, BC
40. Toronto - Michael McNamara - Six Nations, ON
41. Washington - Brian Carroll - University of Virginia

42. Colorado- John Rae - Barrie, ON
43. Philadelphia - Parker McKee - Duke University
44. Rochester - Marty Hill - Six Nations, ON
45. Minnesota - John McClure - Dowling College
46. Boston - Tyler Collins - Colgate University
47. Buffalo - Jimmy Purves - Six Nations, ON
48. Edmonton - Jarrett Toll - New Westminster, BC
49. Calgary - Greg Hallett - Calgary, AB
50. Toronto - Ryan Dilks - Six Nations, ON
51. Washington - Chris Seidel - Coquitlam, BC

52. Colorado - Mark Farthing - Peterborough, ON
53. Philadelphia - Max Pomper - University of Virginia
54. Boston*** - Chase Williams - Bellarmine University
55. Minnesota - Steve Waldeck - Stonybrook University
56. Toronto - Sean Gillies - R.I.T.
57. Buffalo - Elijha Printup - Six Nations, ON
58. Edmonton - Eric Lewthwaite - New Westminster, BC
59. Toronto - Zack Boychuk - Delta, BC
60. Buffalo**** - Jordan Costa - Mississauga, ON
61. Washington - Dan Lewis - Coquitlam, BC

*The Minnesota Swarm traded the 13th overall selection and their third round pick in 2011 to the Buffalo Bandits for the 15th and 27th overall selections.

**The Minnesota Swarm traded the 34th overall selection to the Toronto Rock for their third round pick in 2011.

***The Minnesota Swarm traded the 54th overall selection to the Boston Blazers for Matt Lyons.

****The Toronto Rock traded the 60th overall selection to the Buffalo Bandits for their sixth round pick in 2011.

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