Iroquois National attackman Brett Bucktooth, Oneida Indian Nation, in the 2011 Bowhunter Cup

Iroquois Nationals Beat Team USA in Thrilling Bowhunter Cup Lacrosse Match


In the third annual Bowhunter Cup, an international box (indoor) lacrosse clash between the Iroquois Nationals and the U.S., the Nationals prevailed 12-10. The game was played October 13 at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York.

Although the U.S. was playing without star attackman Casey Powell, the game was close throughout and peppered with chippy play. With just 20 seconds left and holding an 11-10 lead, the Nationals were called for having too many men on the field. The U.S. was awarded a penalty shot, but Iroquois goalie Mike Thompson made a game-saving stop.  In the last remaining seconds, the Nationals added their final goal.

As Casey Vock of Inside Lacrosse notes, the Bowhunter Cup game is “used to help these two teams cultivate and/or identify players to possibly fill roster spots for the next World Indoor Lacrosse Championships, which will be held on Onondaga Nation and in Buffalo at the First Niagara Cetner in 2015.”

Last year the Nationals also defeated Team USA, with the Americans taking the first Cup, in 2010.

For some extraordinary photos from the match, check out Vock’s article, which includes his work plus the action shots of photographer Larry Palumbo (

Congratulations to the Iroquois Nationals on this huge victory!

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