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For the first time in more than 10 years, the Buffalo Bandits will be playing championship lacrosse Saturday. Game 1 of the NLL Championship series kicks off as Buffalo plays host to West Division champion Calgary at the KeyBank Center at 7:30 p.m. The last time the Bandits made it to the title game, they defeated the now-defunct Portland Lumberjax, 14-13. John Ta…

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Rich Kilgour could feel there was a change coming after a second consecutive losing season, after missing the playoffs once again, after postseason interviews with management. Kilgour had played his entire 18-year career with the Buffalo Bandits and had been an assistant coach for eight seasons, the last three alongside his close friend and former longtime teammate John…

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The Buffalo Bandits have landed in the National Lacrosse League championship series. The Bandits fought off a second-half Toronto comeback and outscored the Rock, 4-1, over the last 9 minutes and 35 seconds Saturday night for a 12-8 win in the East Division playoff championship game at KeyBank Center. Buffalo will face the West Division winner Calgary Roughnecks in the b…

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The party in Banditland continues tonight, and it couldn’t come against a more fitting opponent. Buffalo will welcome rival Toronto to the KeyBank Center at 7:30 p.m. with the East Division Championship and a shot at a fifth NLL title on the line. Toronto (13-6) is coming off of one of its best offensive showings of the season. The Rock used a five-goal run in the se…

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The Buffalo Bandits opened this season with two former National Lacrosse League MVPs still learning to play together, two new co-head coaches and one secret weapon. “I think the guys just see me as an added edge over their competition,” Christopher Siuta said this week. “I think the Bandits are the only team in the NLL that has somebody like me on staff.” Siuta, who …

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Although the Buffalo Bandits entered the postseason with the National Lacrosse League’s best record, they still had a lot to prove in the eyes of coach Rich Kilgour. “Being in a ‘one and done’ game means that we have everything to prove,” he said after the Bandits’ pre-game shootaround Saturday morning. “We have 60 minutes to prove that we’re good enough to go on to the…

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By Mike Pesarchick News Sports Reporter Racking up 63 points and earning a spot on the National Lacrosse League’s All-Rookie team are two big ways to make a splash in your first professional season, but for the Bandits’ Josh Byrne, it was just the beginning. “I thought I underachieved last year; I wasn’t happy with the way I ended last year. I was unhappy with how t…

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Now the winningest team in franchise history, the Buffalo Bandits can focus their attention on the National Lacrosse League playoffs. After missing the postseason the last two years, the Bandits will face the New England Black Wolves at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at KeyBank Center in a first round of the NLL East Division playoffs. Buffalo will have home advantage throughout t…

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There’s one more stop for the Bandits before they return to the postseason for the first time since 2016. Buffalo will be in action tonight on the West Coast and a game with the expansion San Diego Seals at 10 p.m., Eastern time, at the Pechanga Arena. Last week went as well as Buffalo could have hoped. The Bandits (13-4) defeated New England, 12-6, and Philadelphia top…

The Buffalo Bandits wrapped up some unfinished regular season business in the National Lacrosse League on Saturday. Buffalo’s 12-6 victory over the New England Black Wolves in the final regular season game at KeyBank Center and the Philadelphia Wings’ 19-14 victory at the Georgia Swarm assured the Bandits of first place in the Eastern Division of the NLL. It means the Ba…

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By Mike Pesarchick News Sports Reporter As the Buffalo Bandits return to the NLL playoffs for the first time in two seasons, forward Dhane Smith knows there is something different about this year’s squad. “We have gotten a lot younger, more determined,” he said Friday. “I think this is definitely the right direction.” Smith, the “Great Dhane” as some call him, ha…

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Buffalo could have secured a home-field advantage in the first round of the NLL playoffs, but rival Toronto had other plans. The Rock took the Bandits to overtime and came away with a 12-11 win over Buffalo at the Scotiabank Arena Friday night. The Bandits fall to 12-4 overall. The top seed in the playoffs remains up for grabs. The Rock also win the season series, 2-…

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The Buffalo Bandits have the best record in the NLL with just three games remaining on the schedule. The Bandits have missed out on the playoffs the past two seasons but at 7:30 p.m. tonight they can clinch home-field in the first round of the playoffs when they face the Toronto Rock at Scotiabank Arena. Buffalo and Toronto met recently on March 23 as two stellar goalten…

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The Buffalo Bandits took a big step toward the Eastern Division championship with an 8-6 triumph over the Toronto Rock at KeyBank Center on Saturday night. The Bandits (12-3) own a three-game lead over third place Toronto (8-5). Buffalo has only three games left to play in the regular season. One is at Toronto on April 5. The Bandits final home game will be against the …