The Bowhunter Cup, a friendly match between the Iroquois Nationals and the U.S. Men's National Indoor Lacrosse Team, will be today at the Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone Resort Casino. Faceoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Event Center.
This will be second annual edition of the Bowhunter Cup, and will also mark the second time that the Oneida Nation has hosted a premier lacrosse event on its homelands. Last February, the Event Center at Turning Stone was the site of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) All-Star Game.
"The modern sport of lacrosse is derived from a game created by the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) centuries ago, and it still inspires cultural passion and community healing," an Oneida Nation press release stated. "Oneidas and other Iroquois cherished the game as entertainment and physical conditioning, but lacrosse was also a spiritual celebration. The game was said to be a gift from the Creator and, often, the game was played simply to please the Creator. It was also described as the medicine game since it was used to peacefully settle disputes between nations or villages. After games, the people would gather for a feast, strengthening the confederacy."
Iroquois Nationals Head Coach Duane Jacobs will be joined on the bench by Syracuse University graduate Barry Powless and Buffalo Bandits (NLL) Assistant Coach Ron Henry at the Bowhunter Cup for the Nationals, who are 3-1 all-time against Team USA in indoor competition, most recently winning in pool play at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. All-World midfielder Cody Jamieson (Syracuse University / Rochester Knighthawks) scored four goals to lead the Iroquois to an 11-10 comeback win at Eden Arena in Prague.
In addition to Jamieson, Oneida Nation Member Brett Bucktooth (Syracuse University / Buffalo Bandits), Sid Smith (Syracuse University / Rochester Knighthawks) and Jeremy Thompson (Syracuse University / Hamilton Nationals) are expected to suit up for the Iroquois Nationals.
For Team USA, Head Coach Tom Ryan will be joined on the bench by Syracuse graduate Regy Thorpe, who currently serves as head coach of the Hamilton Nationals (MLL), and Philadelphia Wings (NLL) Assistant Coach Blane Harrison. Max Seibald (Cornell University / Philadelphia Wings), Scott Ditzell (Syracuse University / Rochester Knighthawks) and Ryan Hotaling (Nazareth College / Boston Blazers) are expected to suit up for Team USA.