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By James F. Burns / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

and Lawrence Brooks / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS and

By Lizz Schumer / Special To The News

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By Michael Beebe / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

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By Patrick Reddy / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

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By Timothy Ellis / SPECIAL TO THE News

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Sun, Mar 30, 2014

The Buffalo Bandits have had their first major flat spot of the 2014 indoor lacrosse season.The Bandits dropped a 12-8 decision to the Vancouver Stealth late Saturday night in British Columbia. That was the third straight loss for Buffalo, which had been an impressive 8-2 before the team hit this skid. Eight different players scored for the Bandits in Saturday’s game. John…

By James F. Burns / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

and Lawrence Brooks / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS and

By Lizz Schumer / Special To The News

and Mac McGuire / Special To The News and

By Michael Beebe / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

and

By Patrick Reddy / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

and

By Timothy Ellis / SPECIAL TO THE News

and

Special to The News

Sun, Mar 30, 2014

LANGLEY, B.C. — The Buffalo Bandits come home next week, and not a moment too soon.The Bandits lost their third straight road game on Saturday night, a 12-8 defeat at the hands of the Vancouver Stealth. The game was played at the Langley Events Centre.When the Bandits started this stretch of contests away from home, they were 8-2 and leading the National Lacrosse League Ea…

Rich Kilgour, as usual, will be behind the Buffalo Bandits bench tonight as an assistant coach when they play the Vancouver Stealth tonight in Langley, British Columbia (10 p.m., Radio 1520 AM).You could have gotten some long odds about that happening last summer. Kilgour has taken a long road since then that turned out to be a circle – he’s exactly where he started.Kilgou…

By James F. Burns / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

and Lawrence Brooks / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS and

By Lizz Schumer / Special To The News

and Mac McGuire / Special To The News and

By Michael Beebe / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

and

By Patrick Reddy / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

and

By Timothy Ellis / SPECIAL TO THE News

and

Special to The News

Sun, Mar 23, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Buffalo Bandits’ playoff-clinching party will have to wait.The Bandits missed a chance to wrap up a postseason berth when they lost to the Minnesota Swarm, 10-9 in overtime, in the XCel Energy Center on Sunday afternoon. It was the second straight loss on the weekend for the Bandits. They had a three-game winning streak snapped in Edmonton on Friday n…

By James F. Burns / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

and Lawrence Brooks / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS and

By Lizz Schumer / Special To The News

and Mac McGuire / Special To The News and

By Michael Beebe / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

and

By Patrick Reddy / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

and

By Timothy Ellis / SPECIAL TO THE News

and

Special to The News

Sat, Mar 22, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Buffalo Bandits will try to start a new winning streak today.They certainly didn’t like the way the last one ended.The Bandits will play the Minnesota Swarm (2 p.m., nll.com, Radio 1520 AM) today.The team was handled rather easily on Friday night in the first stop of its weekend road trip. Buffalo had won three games in a row before losing to the Rush…

By James F. Burns / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

and Lawrence Brooks / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS and

By Lizz Schumer / Special To The News

and Mac McGuire / Special To The News and

By Michael Beebe / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

and

By Patrick Reddy / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

and

By Timothy Ellis / SPECIAL TO THE News

and

Special to The News

Fri, Mar 21, 2014

EDMONTON — In a battle of division leaders in the National Lacrosse League, the best in the West was too good for the East’s top team.The Edmonton Rush broke open a close game with a 6-1 second quarter, and went on to 14-5 win over the Buffalo Bandits. The Rush thus improved to 11-0; no team in league history had ever started its season with 11 straight wins.The Bandits, w…

So far, so good.The Buffalo Bandits have won eight of their first 10 games this season. That’s quite a turnaround from the team that lost seven of its last eight games last season to become the only team in the National Lacrosse League to miss the playoffs. General Manager Steve Dietrich has no complaints about the way this season has gone to date. “We’ve had some guys who…

Coaching changes in the middle of a professional sports season are difficult on just about everyone, since the new coach inevitably arrives when times aren’t so good. But it’s particularly difficult in the National Lacrosse League, which has only one practice per week.The Colorado Mammoth know that feeling. That organization cleaned house on March 4 by firing Bob Hamley an…

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The Buffalo Bandits continue to find new ways to win indoor lacrosse games, particularly at home.The latest example of that fact came Saturday night, when the Bandits came away with a 12-9 victory over the Colorado Mammoth. A crowd of 15,445 in the First Niagara Center watched Buffalo take its sixth straight home game. Last week, the Bandits trailed most of the way and rel…

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When Kevin Brownell wants to share some memories about what his college days were like, he doesn’t have to look very far for someone who knows what he’s talking about.The second-year transition player, who is scheduled to be in the lineup tonight when his Buffalo Bandits host Colorado at First Niagara Center (7:30 p.m., nll.com, Radio 1520 AM), has some company as former m…

It takes a good memory to remember when the Buffalo Bandits played their last game. It takes a better one to remember when the last time the Bandits had such a long break between contests.Buffalo’s last game was three weeks ago, a home win over Philadelphia. Since then, the team has had its own version of an Olympic break, without a trip to Sochi.“I can’t ever remember goi…

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Stand next to Ryan Benesch for a moment, and you might not believe that he’s one of the top offensive stars in his professional sport. After all, he checks in at 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds.But by any standard, the Buffalo Bandits’ forward measures up as one of the top performers in the National Lacrosse League. He enters tonight’s home game at the First Niagara Center with th…

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In an indoor lacrosse game that was waiting to be taken, Dhane Smith took it.The second-year member of the Buffalo Bandits scored the game-winning goal with 3:48 left, which propelled his team to a 12-9 win over the Minnesota Swarm on Saturday night. The close, competitive game entertained the 15,330 in attendance in the First Niagara Center.The game was tied, 9-9, when Sm…

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Last year’s Buffalo Bandits’ team – remembered as the one that was the only team in the National Lacrosse League to miss the playoffs – finished with six wins. This year’s edition of the squad now has 10 chances to beat that total. The 2014 Bandits improved to 6-2 on the season – good for the NLL East lead – with a convincing 13-7 victory over the Philadelphia Wings. It mi…

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There was an Aaron Wilson sighting in the First Niagara Center on Saturday night.The Buffalo Bandits’ forward finally made his debut after sitting out the first seven games of the season, mostly with a groin injury.“I didn’t miss a game for 10 years until this year,” he said. “It’s been very, very frustrating. I never had an injury like that before. It never seemed to get …