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Bandits will open playoffs in Toronto

When the Buffalo Bandits took to the floor late Saturday night in the State of Washington to play the Stealth, they already knew their matchup for the playoff.

It's off to Toronto on Saturday at 7 p.m.

The Rochester Knighthawks defeated the visiting Philadelphia Wings, 9-7, earlier on Saturday night. Rochester and Philadelphia thus both finished 7-9 on the season. Buffalo went into Saturday night's game, which ended too late for this edition, with a 6-9 record.

Even with a win, the Bandits would lose a three-way tiebreaker with the Knighthawks and Wings and finish fourth in the East. Toronto wrapped up the division title with Philadelphia's loss; the Rock played in Edmonton late Saturday night.

In case of a three-way tie, the Knighthawks would have the best head-to-head record against the other two teams. Rochester thus earned the right to host Philadelphia again next week in a first-round playoff game.

The Bandits were playing the National Lacrosse League's biggest disappointment in the Stealth. Washington won the NLL championship in 2010, and then lost to Toronto in the championship game in 2011.

However, the Stealth carried a poor 4-11 record into Saturday night's game in Everett, Wash. In addition, Washington traded its top draft pick to Edmonton in a midseason deal, so the Stealth won't have the first overall choice in the fall.