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The Buffalo Bandits played superb indoor lacrosse for the first 56 minutes of their game with the Rochester Knighthawks on Saturday night.The last four minutes almost spoiled it. But not quite.Buffalo gave up five goals in the last four minutes to make it exciting for the 13,339 in attendance, but the Bandits hung on for a much-less-close-than-it-sounds 11-10 victory in th…

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Scott Self had some new jewelry to show to his former teammates with the Buffalo Bandits on Saturday night – a championship ring.Self was traded by the Bandits to Rochester in the middle of the 2013 season, and the Knighthawks went on to win the National Lacrosse League title.“Things worked out well last year,” Self said. “I think it was good for me, and obviously …

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Rochester Knighthawks goalie Matt Vinc won’t be looking up any of his former classmates at Canisius College this weekend. His visit here is strictly business. “I try to make it back” for some Canisius lacrosse games, “and I definitely try to visit during Alumni Weekend,” Vinc said. “But during the season, it’s all about routine. I’m thinking about the game.…

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Sun, Jan 19, 2014

DENVER — The Buffalo Bandits didn’t need John Tavares on Saturday night. They won their third straight game without him.The Bandits (3-1) used long scoring runs in the first and third quarters to defeat the Colorado Mammoth, 16-9, before 14,822 in the Pepsi Center. Buffalo’s offense came from a variety of sources.Dhane Smith had four goals, including a natural hat tr…

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A decision that Andrew Watt made when he was only 10 years old is still paying dividends.“I grew up in Kitchener, Ont.,” the Buffalo Bandits transition player said. “I was a baseball player until I was 10. Then a buddy of mine asked if I wanted to play lacrosse. I quit baseball on the spot.“I was actually pretty good at baseball, but it was too slow-paced for me. I…

By James F. Burns / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

and Lawrence Brooks / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS and

By Lizz Schumer / Special To The News

and Mac McGuire / Special To The News and

By Michael Beebe / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

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By Patrick Reddy / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

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By Timothy Ellis / SPECIAL TO THE News

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Sun, Jan 12, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — There’s still plenty of life left in the magical lacrosse stick of John Tavares.The 45-year-old scored five goals, including one in overtime, to lead the Bandits to a 12-11 win over the Philadelphia Wings on Sunday afternoon.Tavares, who is the National Lacrosse League’s all-time leader in all of the major scoring categories, took a shot from high in t…

The Buffalo Bandits have accomplished the first half of their goal for the weekend. Now comes the second half.The Bandits are in Philadelphia today to play the Wings in their first road game of the season (4 p.m., nll.com, Radio 1520 AM). They come into the game in a good frame of mind, having rallied to defeat Toronto on Friday night for their first win of the season.Buff…

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The Buffalo Bandits probably were a little rusty when they took their postgame victory lap in First Niagara Center on Friday night.After all, they hadn’t done it since January 26, 2013. The Bandits ended a franchise record seven-game home losing streak when they defeated the Toronto Rock, 12-10, before 11,404.On a night when Buffalo took some big steps forward in rebound…

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The Buffalo Bandits won’t have much time to rest until their next start. It comes on Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia.On the other hand, they’ve got it better that the Wings do. Philadelphia plays tonight in Rochester, so it will play two games in less than 24 hours.The National Lacrosse League’s schedule went from 16 to 18 games this season. While the time frame for…

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If the National Lacrosse League had an award for most improved player, Steve Priolo just might have been the winner last year.Now the Buffalo Bandits’ defenseman is hoping to continue to show progress toward becoming one of the best players at his position in the league. Priolo will try to take another step toward that goal tonight when the Bandits host the Toronto Rock …

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For the fourth straight year, Tracey Kelusky took part in the Buffalo Bandits’ home opener.The catch this time is that this time he was a member of the visiting team.Kelusky’s contract expired with the Bandits at the end of last season, and he signed with the Philadelphia Wings – Buffalo’s opponent on Saturday – as a free agent. “For me, talking with management…

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The Buffalo Bandits picked up right where they left off last season.That wasn’t the desired result for a team that suffered through one of the most discouraging seasons in team history, finishing as the only team in the National Lacrosse League to miss the playoffs.The Bandits displayed some familiar habits in losing to the Philadelphia Wings, 17-13, before 13,564 in the…

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The Buffalo Bandits will have a familiar face at forward tonight when they open the 2013-14 season at First Niagara Center: Mark Steenhuis.The name is the same as the veteran who was on the roster last year, but the position is different.After a three-year stint where he mostly was a transition player, Steenhuis has returned to his former role in which he was one of the mo…

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Changes figured to be made by the Buffalo Bandits after one of the most disappointing seasons in team history. They finished 6-10 in 2013, and became the only squad in the nine-team National Lacrosse League to miss the playoffs. Eight months later, the Bandits are ready to try to do better. It’s important to note how much has remained the same from last season. Sixteen p…

The National Lacrosse League has managed to survive for more than the past quarter-century, no small achievement. It hopes to be well placed for growth in the coming years.The biggest step toward that goal during the just concluded offseason was the signing of a new collective bargaining agreement through 2020.“It’s never easy, but we had some really good discussions,…