Rochester Knighthawks General Manager and Vice President of Lacrosse Operations Dan Carey announced today that the team has signed defenseman Taylor Jensen and goaltender Dylan Sprentz to two-year contracts, pending league approval.
Jensen, 25, joins the Knighthawks after completing a four-year collegiate career at Rochester Institute of Technology from 2020 to 2023. In 64 career games with the Tigers, he produced 27 points (9+18) and gathered 211 loose balls recoveries while leading the Tigers to consecutive Division III NCAA Tournament Championships in 2021 and 2022.
The New Westminster, British Columbia, native was a two-time USILA First-Team All-American and Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named the USILA Long Stick Midfielder of the Year and earned First Team All-Liberty League honors in back-to-back seasons.
As a graduate student in 2023, Jensen, who served as co-captain, was named R.I.T.’s Athlete of the Year. He paced the team with a career-best 91 ground balls and 41 caused turnovers to go along with nine points (3+6) in while starting in all but one game.
In 2022, he led all Tigers with 47 caused turnovers and ranked second with 78 loose ball recoveries before closing out the season as the most outstanding player of the Liberty League Tournament.
He also played two years of lacrosse at Nassau Community College.
Sprentz, 24, comes to Rochester having compiled a 23-11 record with 194 saves and a .765 goals-against average over a six-year Junior ‘A’ career between the Burlington Chiefs and Hamilton Bengals from 2015-2019. He also made 96 saves in 12 playoff appearances.
In two seasons with the Six Nations Snipers of the Arena Lacrosse League, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound goaltender recorded a 7-4 mark in 20 games to go with a 12.73 goals-against average from 2020-2022.
The Hamilton, Ontario, native played in three games with the Hamilton Bengals in Junior “B”, showing a 1-0 record and 4.00 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage in 2019.