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Terry and Kim Pegula are again expanding their sports empire. The Pegulas, who purchased the National Lacrosse League's Buffalo Bandits in 2011, were introduced as the owners of an expansion National Lacrosse League franchise in Rochester on Thursday afternoon in front of Blue Cross Arena. The new franchise, set to launch for the 2019-20 season, will inherit the Rochest…

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The Buffalo Bandits will host the Toronto Rock in the National Lacrosse League's season-opening Face Off Weekend on Dec. 1, marking the second earliest start to the season in the league's 33-year history. The NLL schedule, announced by the league on Thursday afternoon, stays at 18 games for a sixth straight year. The slate is unbalanced, as Buffalo will play Toronto, Ph…

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The Buffalo Bandits added an American star to the roster on Friday, signing forward Dylan Molloy to a one-year contract. Molloy, a fifth-round pick of the Bandits in last year's draft, comes from an outdoor lacrosse background. He was the 2016 recipient of the Tewaaraton Award, given annually to the top player in college lacrosse, in his junior season with Brown Univers…

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Buffalo Bandits forward Josh Byrne was named to the National Lacrosse League's All-Rookie team on Wednesday, becoming the first player from the team to earn the honor since Dhane Smith in 2013. Byrne finished first in assists (37) and points (63) and second in goals (26) among rookies this season. He was top five among all Bandits in all three categories and set rookie …

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The Buffalo Bandits re-signed defenseman Matthew Bennett to a two-year contract, the team announced on Twitter. Bennett, 6-foot-2, 198 pounds, missed all but five games of the 2017-18 season because of injury. He first joined the team in 2015, but played in only two games. Bennett, 25, became a regular contributor in 2016, playing in 13 games with five assists. In…

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Buffalo Bandits forward Craig England was chosen as the National Lacrosse League's Teammate of the Year award winner, becoming the first player in franchise history to earn the honor. "This award means a lot to me," England said in the NLL TV video announcing the voting result. "I'm very honored to accept it. There's a lot of people that I should be thanking, but I'll s…

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Five Western New York natives captured bronze medals at the World Lacrosse Championship in Netanya, Israel, on Friday. Zed Williams, Frank Brown, Ron John, Liam Anderson and Johnson Jimerson are all heading home with hardware after the Iroquois Nationals fought off an Australian comeback to earn a 14-12 victory. The Aussies scored five of the last six goals in the ga…

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The Buffalo Bandits were one of the bigger players in Monday afternoon's NLL expansion draft, making two trades in addition to losing their mandated two players. The Philadelphia Wings selected a pair of Bandits in the draft, snagging forward Vaughn Harris in the eighth round and goalie Davide DiRuscio in the ninth and final round. Buffalo made an additional move wit…

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Buffalo Bandits forward Josh Byrne will achieve a lifelong dream on Friday. The young phenom will represent his home country of Canada and compete at the highest international level of the outdoor style of lacrosse, the 2018 World Lacrosse Championship, in Netanya, Israel. He – along with his 22 teammates – nearly didn't get the opportunity. Up until three weeks ago, it…

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The Buffalo Bandits are likely taking a page out of the National Hockey League's book when it comes to the National Lacrosse League expansion draft. The NLL's current nine franchises released their protected player lists Tuesday for the July 16 expansion draft. Buffalo's included one of the biggest surprises, as none of the team's three goaltenders, Alex Buque, Davide D…

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Steve Dietrich is sticking around for at least one more year with the Buffalo Bandits. The former Hall of Fame goalkeeper will remain the Bandits general manager for the 2018-19 season, according to a release by the team. Dietrich has been the Bandits' general manager since July 2012, but he has had an up-and-down tenure. Buffalo peaked in 2016, when the Bandits made th…

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Could Pegula Sports and Entertainment own both sides of one of the fiercest rivalries in the National Lacrosse League? The Pegulas, who have owned the Buffalo Bandits since 2011, are in line to add a Rochester-based NLL team to their stable of sports franchises according to a report from Inside Lacrosse. The question is whether it will be the Knighthawks or a new organi…

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Youth lacrosse players born between 2002 to 2007 are invited by the Buffalo Bandits to tryouts for the Sixth Annual Jr. NLL Tournament to be played in late August. Three youth teams will be selected – for players born in 2006 or 2007 (Pee Wee), in 2004 or 2005 (Bantam) or in 2002-2003 (Midget). The tryouts will be conducted at Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St., on June…

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The Buffalo Bandits were eliminated from the playoffs for a second straight season after a disappointing 15-13 loss to the Rochester Knighthawks last weekend. That means the offseason has begun, and while it likely won't be as busy as last year, there are some looming questions yet to be answered regarding the direction of the franchise. 1. Will Steve Dietrich and Troy …