Rochester Knighthawks General Manager and Vice President of Lacrosse Operations Dan Carey announced today that the team has signed defenseman and face-off specialist Joe Post to a one-year deal for the remainder of the 2022-23 National Lacrosse League season, pending approval.
A native of Canandaigua, Post is one of the most decorated players to come out of Division III St. John Fisher University in Rochester, where he was a two-time USILA All-America First Team selection and holds NCAA Division III all-time records for career face-off wins (1,250) and groundball recoveries (854). A four-time Empire 8 All-Conference honoree, he also owns the distinction of becoming just the second player in program history to be crowned Empire 8 Conference Player of the Year.
In 78 career games with the Cardinals, Post scored 17 goals and added 10 assists for 27 points. He also won 1,250-of-1,755 face-off attempts, good for a. 704 winning percentage. He won more than 200 face-offs in four of his five seasons and topped the 300-mark twice, including 336 during his sophomore campaign, while helping Fisher to three straight NCAA National Championship tournament appearances.
As a graduate student in 2022, Post tied career-highs in goals (5) and points (7) while dominating inside the face-off circle, winning 313-of-433 face-offs for a career-best .723 winning percentage, which ranked seventh in the country. He also finished the season ranked second nationally with 237 ground balls, becoming the first player in D-III history to surpass the career 800-mark, on his way to earning USA Lacrosse Magazine and USILA All-America First Team honors for the second straight year.
He earned more than 20 face-off wins on four occasions during the season, including going 24-for-30 while recording two points (1+1) in the 30-11 win over Nazareth in the Empire 8 Championship game on May 7, 2022. Post helped the Cardinals finish the season with a 16-3 record, leading to his selection as USILA’s Co-Faceoff Specialist of the Year and Empire 8 Conference Player of the Year.
During his senior season, Post set career-highs in goals (5) and points (7) while winning 267-of-378 face-off attempts. For his efforts, he was named a USILA All-America First Team and USA Lacrosse Magazine All-America Third Team selection in addition to being named to the Empire 8 All-Conference First Team and All-Tournament Team.
As a sophomore, Post was named to the Empire 8 All-Conference First Team after setting the program’s all-time single-season record with 244 ground balls leading Empire 8 with 336 face-off wins with a .707 winning percentage.
Post emerged as Fisher’s primary face-off specialist as a freshman in 2019 when he led the conference in face-off wins (236) and ground balls (143) en route to earning Empire 8 All-Conference Second Team honors.
Prior to joining Fisher, Post was an accomplished three-sport athlete in hockey, lacrosse and football at Canandaigua Academy. He was named Canandaigua’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2017 and garnered All-Greater Rochester accolades for all three sports as a senior. Post was also a two-time All-Monroe County Division II selection, including a First Team nod as a senior.