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Bandits

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 …

Bandits

For Jerome Thompson Sr., the 14-hour drive from upstate New York to Duluth, Ga., will easily be worth it. He and his wife Deloris intend to be there Saturday when the Georgia Swarm host the Buffalo Bandits in a game of sweeping importance in the National Lacrosse League. Both teams have lost only twice all season. The winner will remain in close pursuit of Toronto for t…

Columns

The first step toward Saturday's Haudenosaunee Wooden Stick Lacrosse Festival in Syracuse began six years ago, at the Seneca Nation's Cattaraugus territory. The Senecas brought together lacrosse players from throughout the Six Nations. They used wooden sticks and a leather ball in what the Iroquois describe as a "medicine game," a traditional means of thanksgiving, spiritu…

Buffalo

Medaille College on Monday officially confirmed that it will be the anchor tenant of the planned new $4 million athletic complex that is now being developed by developer Jon M. Williams at the former Buffalo Color site on Elk and Lee streets in Buffalo. The new facility, dubbed the Medaille Sports Complex at Buffalo Color Park, will become the school's home field for pr…

Colleges

Canisius College men’s lacrosse has earned a shot at the championship. So too has Canisius’ women’s team, although its triumph shouldn’t be all that surprising given its history in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament. The men, however, are a different story. The fourth-seeded Golden Griffins stunned No. 1 seed Quinnipiac, 11-10, in a MAAC semifinal game…

Sports

Champion Lacrosse is set to host the third 3Nation Lacrosse Classic Saturday and Sunday at New Era Field and also at nearby Erie Community College's south campus. The event showcases some of the top middle school and high school-aged boys lacrosse players from the United States and Canada as well as the top Native Americans. The event is expected to attract participants…

Columns

(This column, originally published digitally a year ago, has been updated for the Oct. 1, 2017, print edition of The Buffalo News): People travel for miles to buy wooden lacrosse sticks they've ordered from Alf Jacques. They drive Route 11A, through the Onondaga Nation, until they find his little shop beneath a hill. Alf will hand them a stick, polished hickory shini…

Obituaries

Nov. 22, 1943 - May 23, 2017 Lacrosse came naturally to Larry “PeeWee” Martin, who died Tuesday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a long battle with small cell lung cancer. A Town of Tonawanda resident, he was 73. A player and coach for more 50 years, he was the son of Garland “Beans” Martin, an Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame defenseman. Mr. Martin started following …