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The Bandits' Steve Dietrich has been named the National Lacrosse League's General Manager of the Year in a vote of executives from around the league. Dietrich, who also won the award in 2016, oversaw the rebuilding of the Bandits team that went from last place in 2017-18 to the NLL Finals this past season. The Bandits went from 8-10 to a league-best 14-4 and set franchi…

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The Buffalo Bandits lost Shawn Evans and Jordan Durston in the National Lacrosse League expansion draft on Tuesday. Evans was the overall No. 1 pick by the Rochester Knighthawks, and Durston was the second pick of the first round, going to the New York Riptide. Evans, a 33-year-old forward from Peterborough, Ont., had 28 goals among 94 points last season as the Bandi…

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Eleven players are on the Buffalo Bandits protected list for the National Lacrosse League Expansion Draft on July 9. Tuesday, the NLL released the names of the protected players by each of the 11 NLL teams. No NLL teams will be allowed to lose more than two players in the draft. The Buffalo Bandits’ protected player list: Offense: Josh Byrne, Chris Cloutier, Chase Frase…

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Buffalo Bandits goalie Matt Vinc is one of three nominees on the ballot for National Lacrosse League Most Valuable Player and six other members of the organization are on the ballot in other categories. The winners of each award will be announced at the end of the voting period. Besides Vinc, who also is a candidate for Goalie of the Year, Ian MacKay, Steve Priolo, c…

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Rhys Duch scored the game-winning goal one minute into overtime and Calgary defeated Buffalo, 14-13, to win its third NLL Championship Saturday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. Dane Dobbie was a thorn in the Bandits’ side, just as he was in Game 1. He scored four goals and dished out three assists for a team-leading seven points. Shawn Evans led the Ban…

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There’s no room for error for the Bandits as they get set for Game 2 of the NLL Championship, scheduled for 9 p.m. Eastern time at Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome. Buffalo needs to even the series to force Game 3 back in Buffalo, or else the Roughnecks will claim the Champion’s Cup. A loss will also mean the Bandits are 0-2 in their past two championship appearances.…

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The Buffalo Bandits must win on the road to keep their season and hopes for a championship alive. "We seem to answer well after losses through the year," forward Josh Byrne said, "so we’re just looking for another opportunity to bounce back here." The Bandits are facing elimination after Dane Dobbie scored three second-half goals to help the Calgary Roughnecks storm …

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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…