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Bandits rout Swarm in Georgia, take second in division

The Buffalo Bandits handed Georgia its first home loss of the season and jumped past the Swarm into second place in the National Lacrosse League Eastern Division standings Saturday night with a 19-9 victory in Duluth, Ga.

The Bandits (7-2) were all over the Swarm (7-3)from the start on the Georgia team's home floor in the Infinite Energy Arena before a slim crowd of 718.

Buffalo took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter and stayed in front the rest of the way.

The Bandits got a 10-point performance from Shawn Evans, who raised his league-leading point total to 61. Evans had four goals, raising his season's count to 19 and six assists.

Corey Small had five goals and two assists for Bufalo giving him 52 points (10-42) on the season, but the leading point producer for the Bandits was Dhane Smith.

Smith did not score a goal, but had 10 assists giving him 40 for the season and 52 points.

Thomas Hoggarth had three goals, Chase Frazer and Steve Priolo two each and Ian MacKay, Jordan Durston had one goal each.

After the Bandits' opening salvo, goals by Priolo, Hoggarth and Small (power play), the closest Georgia got was 4-3 at 7:20 of the second period on a penalty shot by Lyle Thompson, who went into the game as the NLL goals leader with 27.

Buffalo, though, sped off to a 9-4 halftime lead and expanded the lead to 14-4 in the third, with the help of two power-play goals by Evans. The biggest lead was 11 points, twice (18-7 and 16-5).

Matt Vinc faced 34 shots and saved 25 in goal for the Bandits. Buffalo put 62 shots on Mike Poulin and K. Orleman of the Swarm.

Chris Cloutier, acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Wings this week, did not make his debut with Buffalo on Saturday.

The Bandits trail the first-place Toronto Rock (6-1) in the division. Toronto has not played a game since Feb. 1 and is not scheduled until Friday when San Diego visits.

Buffalo's next game is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against the Calgary Roughnecks at KeyBank Center.

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