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The Buffalo Bandits have acquired defenseman Reid Acton from the Georgia Swarm for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2019 National Lacrosse League Draft, the team announced Monday. The Bandits also signed forward Bryce Brochu to a one-year deal, pending league approval. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Acton was taken 21st overall in the third round of the 2013 draft. He'…

The Buffalo Bandits re-signed top scorer Dhane Smith to a two-year deal, the team announced Monday. The contract is pending league approval. Smith, 25, was voted the NLL's Most Valuable Player in 2016 after setting league records in goals (72) and total points (137) in 18 games. He was the Bandits' scoring leader in 2017, as well, netting 30 goals and 81 points in 14 g…

The Buffalo Bandits announced Thursday they will be a sponsor for the 2017 Wheelchair Lacrosse USA National Championship in Buffalo on Aug. 25 and 26. The tournament has eight teams from the United States, including one sponsored by the Bandits. Play begins Aug. 25 at 8:30 a.m. and concludes around 4:30 p.m. the next day, with each game using four 15-minute quarters and…

The remodeling of the Buffalo Bandits is underway. The Bandits, who finished last overall in the 2017 season, completed a major trade that included one of the team's biggest stars. Forward Ryan Benesch and a conditional third-round draft pick in 2018 went to Colorado in the transition. The Mammoth gave up forward Callum Crawford and goaltender Alex Buque. "It's been …

The Buffalo Bandits have announced the signing of transition player Kevin Brownell to a two-year contract and forward Craig England. Brownell has been with the team for five seasons after being a third-round pick in 2012. He has not missed a game in the last three seasons, and has career totals of 23 goals and 49 assists for 72 points. England worked his way into the…

It has been a busy day in the National Lacrosse League, with one unexpected announcement and one bit of business left over from last season. The surprise was that John Grant Jr. announced his retirement from the Colorado Mammoth. Grant, 42, ranks as one of the greatest players in the history of lacrosse. He won two trophies as the league's Most Valuable Player, and was …

The Buffalo Bandits have played 26 seasons in their history. It’s easy to pick out the most disappointing of those seasons. We just witnessed it. The Bandits reached the finals of the National Lacrosse League playoffs in 2016 after winning the East Division. Buffalo lost to Saskatchewan in the title round by a small margin, leading to the conclusion that the Bandit…

The Buffalo Bandits had a very unusual night at the office on Saturday night. The abbreviated version is that the team concluded a disappointing season in an appropriate manner, dropped a 19-15 decision to the Toronto Rock before 18,417 in the KeyBank Center. The loss left the Bandits with a 6-12 record. The strange part of the night came during a 15-minute or so spa…

The Buffalo Bandits are on the clock. The Bandits wrapped up the first overall pick in the National Lacrosse League draft this year, and they hadn't even finished their game with the Toronto Rock when it happened. Rochester beat Georgia earlier in the night on Saturday, which meant Buffalo was guaranteed to finish last overall. The only catch might come if the league…

If Mark Steenhuis needed a reminder that Saturday figured to be a special day, he got it when he picked up some coffee. “I was at Tim Hortons this morning,” the Buffalo Bandit said. “I got into my truck, and a guy came up and said, ‘Are you going to get them tonight?’ ” “Them” refers to the two points that Steenhuis needed to reach 1,000 for his National …

 Worth the trip: Toronto still has a chance at finishing second and getting a home game against New England in the first round of the playoffs. The Rock must beat Buffalo while the Black Wolves lose to Vancouver. Rochester's loss to Georgia ended most of the suspense in the East, as Toronto and New England clinched while Rochester was eliminated when the Knighthawks l…

Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich and the team's fans felt sick to their stomachs when watching last week's meltdown against the Georgia Swarm. The difference between them was that the fans could leave early and try to forget about it. Dietrich had to stay and watch all 60 dispiriting minutes. "To be honest, I had a feeling of utter embarrassment," Dietr…

This may sound familiar to Buffalo’s sports fans: Another local team will miss the playoffs. The Bandits joined their sports “cousins,” the Bills and Sabres, on the outside looking in at the postseason. They lost any hopes of reaching the playoffs in a Saturday night loss to the Georgia Swarm. But it’s the “how it happened” that left everyone in the KeyBa…

The Buffalo Bandits' playoff hopes are officially over. The Bandits were no match for the Georgia Swarm on Saturday night, dropping a 20-7 decision in the KeyBank Center. Buffalo needed to win its last two games and get a little help to make the postseason, but those hopes were firmly buried. The Bandits were greatly outplayed in all aspects of the game. The Bandits …

The Buffalo Bandits host the Georgia Swarm at 7:30 p.m. http://buffalonews.com/2017/04/20/bandits-cosmo-considering-retirement-season/ Live updates and observations from our staff and selected accounts are below. A Twitter List by TBNSports Check back for more on the Bandits and the NLL.