The Buffalo Bandits talked before Saturday’s game with Vancouver about the need for every player to step up offensively because of the loss of star forward Dhane Smith to an ankle injury. They took that literally. Eleven different players scored goals and 13 had points in the Bandits’ 21-15 win over the Stealth in the KeyBank Center. The biggest ones came from a …

Lacrosse excitement returned to the KeyBank Center on Saturday. Not coincidentally from the perspective of those in attendance, so did the Buffalo Bandits’ winning ways. The Bandits captured their first victory of the season, defeating the Vancouver Stealth, 21-15. It raised Buffalo’s record to 1-2 and came on the heels of two dreary home losses. It was not a nig…

The Buffalo Bandits (0-2) play their third game of the season -- all have been at KeyBank Center -- as they host the Vancouver Stealth tonight (7:30 p.m.). Follow along with News Sports Reporter Budd Bailey as well as team and league accounts below: Tweets from https://twitter.com/TBNSports/lists/bandits-coverage !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s…

The new commissioner of the National Lacrosse League has been on the job for a couple of weeks more than a year. Maybe Nick Sakiewicz will get to take a breath at some point. But it probably won't happen soon. "It didn't feel like there was an offseason. I don't think there is an offseason," Sakiewicz said during a visit to Buffalo Saturday to watch the Bandits play …

Blaze Riorden was an all-conference goaltender in outdoor lacrosse for the University at Albany during his college career. He stayed at that position last summer with the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse. Meanwhile, this winter he's a rookie for indoor lacrosse's Buffalo Bandits ... as a forward. Let's think about that. Former Sabre goalies Dominik Hasek a…

The Buffalo Bandits have played two games this season, and one has been almost a carbon copy of the other. Unfortunately for them. The Bandits dropped an 18-14 decision to the Georgia Swarm before 13,915 on Saturday night in KeyBank Center. It came at the heels of a 12-8 loss to the Colorado Mammoth about two weeks ago. The similarities between the two games were …

It’s only two games into the National Lacrosse League season, and the Buffalo Bandits already have some good-sized problems to solve. The Bandits came out flat for the second consecutive game, and again they never could recover. Buffalo dropped a 18-14 decision to the Georgia Swarm before 13,915 in the KeyBank Center, only two weeks after a similar loss to the Colorad…

The Buffalo Bandits (0-1) play their second game of the season at KeyBank Center tonight against the Georgia Swarm (7:30 p.m.). Follow along with News Sports Reporter Budd Bailey as well as team accounts below: Tweets from https://twitter.com/TBNSports/lists/bandits-coverage !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http'…

Last week’s game between the Georgia Swarm and Saskatchewan Rush set a world record in professional sports. It’s the first time four brothers had ever played in the same game. Jerome, Miles and Lyle Thompson suited up for the Swarm in their 18-10 win. Jeremy Thompson played on the losing side for Saskatchewan, thus giving the other three brothers bragging rights unt…

Craig Point played for the Rochester Knighthawks for almost eight full seasons. He didn't score every important goal for the Knighthawks when they beat the Buffalo Bandits, but sometimes it seemed that way. Now Point is on the other side of one of the best rivalries in the National Lacrosse League, signing with the Buffalo Bandits in the offseason. "It's a change," h…

In a week in which Buffalo’s professional sports teams have had major difficulties, the Bandits fit right in on Friday night. Buffalo began its defense of the National Lacrosse League East Division title with a stinker of a performance on Opening Night. They dropped a 12-8 decision to the Colorado Mammoth before 14,268 in a game that wasn’t as close as the score ind…

The Buffalo Bandits did not get the start to the 2016-17 season that they expected, or even wanted. They proved to be no match for the Colorado Mammoth, falling by a score of 12-8 in the Key Bank Center on Friday night. The Bandits fell behind early, mixing a lack of offensive opportunities with some costly defensive breakdowns. Ryan Benesch and Alex Kedoh Hill had t…

The Buffalo Bandits' season opens at KeyBank Center tonight against the Colorado Mammoth (7:30 p.m.). Follow along with News Sports Reporter Budd Bailey as well as team accounts below: Tweets from https://twitter.com/TBNSports/lists/bandits-coverage !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementB…

The top two scorers in the history of the National Lacrosse League gather in the KeyBank Center Friday night. Only one of them will  play. John Grant Jr. will be on the floor for the Colorado Mammoth, who face the Buffalo Bandits in the season opener. Grant is No. 2 on the all-time scoring list with 1,441 points. That's still more than 300 points behind John Tavares, w…