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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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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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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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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 …

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The 2017-18 Buffalo Bandits were incredibly difficult to predict. They lost to the worst team in the league at home, but also beat the best team in the league on the road. They were riding high with a four-game win streak, then followed that up with a four-game losing streak. You never knew which Bandits team you were going to get. In the end, the negative moments sligh…

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The Buffalo Bandits will watch the National Lacrosse League playoffs from home for a second straight season. Buffalo, facing a must-win situation in the regular season finale, fell 15-13 to the rival Rochester Knighthawks in front of a sellout crowd of 19,070 in KeyBank Center. "We let each other down, basically," Bandits Head Coach Troy Cordingley said. "We got caug…

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The Buffalo Bandits faltered at home in a must-win situation Saturday night. Rochester got goals from nine players as the Bandits fell to the Knighthawks, 15-13, and were eliminated from postseason contention. Dhane Smith scored with 1:06 remaining to get Buffalo within one, but the team wasn't able to beat Rochester's Matt Vinc on the ensuing possession. Kyle Jackson i…

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The National Lacrosse League's East Division is wide open entering the final weekend of the regular season. None of the five teams have clinched or been eliminated from postseason contention, so the NLL needed 413 words in its press release to explain all the possible scenarios. For the Bandits to return to the postseason after a one-year hiatus, they first need to take…

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Faceoff: 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Online: NLL TV. Radio: 1520 AM. Records: Buffalo 8-9, Rochester 9-8. Last time out: Buffalo had a chance to clinch a playoff spot last week with a win against the Toronto Rock and a Rochester loss to the New England Black Wolves. Unfortunately for the Bandits, neither result went their way. The Rock claimed the season series, as Tor…