The Buffalo Bandits’ gameplan should be a simple one for Sunday afternoon’s game with the New England Black Wolves (1 p.m., Radio 1520 AM) in Uncasville, Conn.
They’d like to be ahead for a change after the first period.
The Bandits take a 1-5 record and a three-game losing streak into the contest. In four of the losses, they’ve fallen behind by an 8-2 score. That statistical oddity had only happened three times in team history from 2007 to 2016, the last coming in 2013 against Rochester.
It's tough to rally from a deficit of that size. In the last 10-plus years, the Bandits have an 0-7 record when they’ve fallen behind by an 8-2 count. When they’ve led by 8-2, they are 11-0 in that same time span.
Buffalo is chasing New England, which is in third place in the National Lacrosse League’s East Division. The Black Wolves are 3-4, and are hoping to complete a season sweep of the Bandits by winning the third meeting between the teams. Buffalo’s record is the worst in the NLL, a half-game behind Vancouver. No Bandit team has ever started a season 1-6.