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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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Buffalo Bandits forward Josh Byrne looks like the can't-miss lefty prospect he was billed as at the halfway point of the season. The first-overall pick in last year's National Lacrosse League draft leads rookies in all three main offensive statistical categories heading into Saturday's home game against the Rochester Knighthawks (7:30 p.m., 1520 AM). The rest of the …

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Just two weeks ago, Buffalo Bandits goalie Zach Higgins wasn't thinking about a return to the National Lacrosse League at all. The six-year NLL veteran, who played only one game last season, was out of a job in the league. He was preparing to play for the Oshawa Outlaws of the Arena Lacrosse League, a pay-to-play Ontario-based developmental box league. It's a decent …

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Faceoff: 7 p.m. Saturday. Online: NLL TV. Radio: 1520 AM Records: Buffalo 1-1, Toronto 0-2. Last time out: The Bandits were blown out by the Rochester Knighthawks last Saturday, falling 21-11 at Blue Cross Arena. The Knighthawks never trailed, as they got out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter. Toronto last played on Dec. 16, when the Rock were handled by the S…

Bandits

The Buffalo Bandits signed goalie Zach Higgins to a one-year contract, likely in response to Davide DiRuscio's injury Saturday at the Rochester Knighthawks. Higgins is a five-year veteran of the National Lacrosse League, spending time with the Swarm and Roughnecks. He has a .755 save percentage in 55 career games. Last season he played one game with Calgary, making 34 s…