The Buffalo Bandits picked a pair of former Western New York high school stars among their 10 choices in Tuesday night's National Lacrosse League entry draft.
Cort Knodel, Canisius College's all-time leading scorer and a former St. Francis standout, went in the sixth round. Knodel was 14th in the NCAA in scoring last season with 43 goals and 21 assists. Orchard Park's Chris Clark, who is a student at Michigan State, was selected in the seventh round.
The Bandits grabbed Casey Zaph of the Peterborough Lakers with their first pick. Zaph had 15 goals and 18 assists in Ontario Lacrosse Association Major Division play this summer. Buffalo also received Rochester's first-round pick as part of a trade for players to be named later, and selected Marty O'Brien of Junior A Whitby. He had 31 goals and 26 assists this summer.
Other Buffalo selections were Bob Henry (Six Nations), Gary Scott (Orangeville), Clay Squire (Six Nations), Sean Howe (St. Catharines), goaltender Chris Levis (Six Nations) and Jeff Hanson (Western Lacrosse Association).
The Boston Blazers drafted Canisius College's Scott Ronson in the fourth round. An interesting pick was Pat Coyle to the Ontario Raiders. Coyle received a lifetime suspension from the Major Indoor Lacrosse League after flooring an official in Memorial Auditorium as a member of the Detroit Turbos in the 1993 playoffs.
The Bandits lost Neil Doddridge to the Syracuse Smash and Bill Callan to the Raiders in the expansion draft. The Bandits also said they expect to release their 1998 schedule later this week.
In another NLL development, the Rochester Knighthawks named ex-Bandit and current Niagara Falls Gamblers player Paul Day their new head coach, former Bandits head coach Bob "Buff" McCready their new assistant coach and ex-Buffalo Sabres farmhand Jody Gage their new general manager. Day replaces Barry Powless, who led the Knighthawks to last season's Major Indoor Lacrosse League title. McCready was the Bandits' first head coach and his 1992 squad also won the North American Cup.