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Last year’s Buffalo Bandits’ team – remembered as the one that was the only team in the National Lacrosse League to miss the playoffs – finished with six wins. This year’s edition of the squad now has 10 chances to beat that total. The 2014 Bandits improved to 6-2 on the season – good for the NLL East lead – with a convincing 13-7 victory over the Philadelphia Wings. It mi…

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There was an Aaron Wilson sighting in the First Niagara Center on Saturday night.The Buffalo Bandits’ forward finally made his debut after sitting out the first seven games of the season, mostly with a groin injury.“I didn’t miss a game for 10 years until this year,” he said. “It’s been very, very frustrating. I never had an injury like that before. It never seemed to get …

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What a difference a year has made for Anthony Cosmo.Last season, the Buffalo Bandits goaltender suffered through a disappointing season while his team was the only one in the National Lacrosse League to miss the playoffs. “I’d have to say it was one of the toughest years I’ve had, personally,” Cosmo said in looking back. But now, the Bandits (5-2) are on top of the NLL Eas…

ROCHESTER — The Buffalo Bandits’ offense didn’t do much scoring during the course of Saturday night’s game with the Rochester Knighthawks.As a result, their five-game winning streak is history.The Bandits went 38 minutes and 39 seconds before scoring their first goal of the game; that’s past the halfway point of the third quarter. They went on to drop a 9-6 decision to the…

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ROCHESTER — It’s almost a cliche – a young boy grows up playing a game, hoping against hope that someday he’ll have the chance to play for his hometown team.Tonight, Joe Resetarits will do exactly that once again for the Buffalo Bandits. The young forward and the rest of the Bandits will face the Rochester Knighthawks in Blue Cross Arena (7:30 p.m., nll.com, Radio 1520 AM)…

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Mark Steenhuis is playing like it’s 2009, and so are the Buffalo Bandits.That’s probably not a coincidence.The Bandits continued their impressive start on Saturday night, defeating the Toronto Rock, 12-10. The 12,768 in the First Niagara Center watched a bruising, chippy game that eventually resulted in the Bandits’ fifth straight win.That’s the longest win streak by Buffa…

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It hasn’t taken very long for Shawn Williams to be reminded about the close-knit nature of the lacrosse community.He’s seen it rally around the Buffalo Bandits forward, before and after his public announcement on Thursday that his 8-year-old son, Tucker, had surgery on Jan. 24 to remove an egg-shaped mass from his mouth/throat area. “We had a ton of texts and emails from …

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National Lacrosse League players hold all sorts of full-time jobs when they aren’t on the field. Jamie Rooney’s situation, though, might be unique.The Buffalo Bandits forward could be the only car dealer to suit up in the NLL.“I’m starting to think so, because I’ve sold a lot of people in this league vehicles. At Arthur Chrysler, we’ll give anyone a good deal,” said Rooney…

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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 it was g…

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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. I try to stay a…

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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 trick sp…

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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 needed …

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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 the slo…

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…