ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Former Falcon Mike Triolo signed as a free agent with the Rochester Knighthwaks of the National Lacrosse League (NLL). Triolo competed in the Knighthawks rookie camp on November 7 and inked a one-year deal.
By signing with Rochester, Triolo joins his second NLL team in as many years. The 6-foot-7 Toronto native was originally a third-round pick (27th overall) of the Buffalo Bandits in the 2015 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft.
"We are going to ask him to play on the back end," said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. "Triolo is a big boy and will be a physical presence for us."
The versatile Triolo, who can take draws and play offense as well, said the move back to defense suits him just fine.
"It's never been an issue with me playing on either side of the ball," he said. "I just want to be there, that's all that really matters to me."
Before being drafted by the Bandits, the 25-year-old was a standout at Division II Pfeiffer University, where he was a three-time All-Conference selection. During his career, he posted 44 goals, 38 assists, 82 points and 81 caused turnovers. He still ranks first in Pfeiffer history in career ground balls and caused turnovers. He also has the second highest ground ball total in a season with 105 on 2013.
During his senior season, he made the move to attack from long stick midfield and flourished in his new role. In 2015, he finished fifth in the Conference Carolinas with 23 assists and eighth with 46 points. He earned Second Team All-Conference honors to go along with his First Team nods in 2013 and 2014.