Bandits Sign Cosmo for One Year

July 31, 2014

General Manager Steve Dietrich today announced that the team has re-signed goaltender Anthony Cosmo to a one-year contract. “We are very pleased to have Anthony return for another season,” said Dietrich.  “Last season, ‘Coz’ proved that he remains one of the top goaltenders in the game and re-signing in Buffalo shows that he wants nothing more than to bring a Champion’s Cup back home to ‘Banditland’.” Cosmo will be entering his fourth season with…


Tavares Not Franchised; What Is his NLL Future?

July 31, 2014

John Tavares ranked fourth on the Bandits at the end of the 2014 NLL season with 51 points from 24 goals and 27 assists. However, every NLL fan knows he is much more than a stats player. John Tavares brings a certain flow to any team he plays for. He is a powerhouse on the floor, always chasing after loose balls, taking any shots possible, and finding open teammates to score. It…


Bandits Begin Off Season With Five Moves

July 30, 2014

Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich announced Tuesday that the team has given their 2015 NLL season franchise tag to forward Mark Steenhuis. The Bandits also avoided restricted free agency by extending qualifying offers to transition players Jay Thorimbert and Andrew Watt along with defensemen Rory Smith and Steve Priolo before the July 31 deadline.  During the Bandits 2014 NLL season, Mark Steenhuis appeared in all 18 regular season games, led…


Bandits Name Steenhuis Franchise Player, Extend Qualifying Offers to Four

July 29, 2014

BUFFALO, NY (July 29, 2014) — Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich today announced that the team has tagged forward Mark Steenhuis as its franchise player for the 2015 NLL season and extended qualifying offers to the following four players: Rory Smith, Jay Thorimbert, Andrew Watt and Steve Priolo. Steenhuis appeared in all 18 regular season games for Buffalo in 2014, recording a team-high 31 goals and totaling 63 points overall.  The St. Catharines, ON native went on to…


Former Bandits Coach Darris Kilgour Arrested Again

June 20, 2014

According to the Buffalo News, Darris Kilgour, the former head coach of the NLL’s Buffalo Bandits, was arrested this month on charges of harassment and menacing. He was charged on June 7 for second-degree harassment, menacing and endangering a child. Kilgour had, according to the report, gone to his estranged wife’s home to drop off their son. The report said that he had been drunk at 9 am, when he…


Bold, Cosmo and Vinc Candidates for NLL Goalie of the Year

June 17, 2014

The National Lacrosse League has announced three finalists for the 2014 NLL Goaltender of the Year award. The Edmonton Rush’s Aaron Bold, Buffalo Bandits’ Anthony Cosmo and Rochester Knighthawks’ Matt Vinc were the top trio of vote recipients for best goalie play in the league this year. Bold, who posted an NLL-record 8.73 goals against average in 2014, backstopped the Rush to a league-low 157 goals allowed. The nine-year veteran…


Corbeil, Rubisch and Priolo Defensive Player Award Nominations

June 13, 2014

The National Lacrosse League has announced a trio of finalists for the 2014 NLL Defensive Player of the Year award. Two Edmonton Rush defensemen, Chris Corbeil and Kyle Rubisch, join Buffalo Bandits defender Steve Priolo as the top three vote recipients for best defenseman in the league. Corbeil, who serves as the Rush’s captain, led all defensemen in both points (27) and goals (17). The fifth-year pro tied for the…


NLL League Announces Finalists for 2014 Sportsmanship Award

June 9, 2014

Toronto’s Billings, Edmonton’s Knight & Buffalo’s Williams all honored for high level of play and respect for the game The National Lacrosse League has announced three finalists for the 2014 NLL Sportsmanship Award. Toronto Rock forward Garrett Billings, Edmonton Rush forward Curtis Knight and Buffalo Bandits forward Shawn Williams were all deemed to have exemplified a high level of sportsmanship to go along with tremendous play on the field this…


NLL Season Recap: Bandits Fall Just Short

May 21, 2014

Team Acquisitions: (F) Joe Resetarits—Calgary Roughnecks (F) Ryan Benesch—Minnesota Swarm (T) Andrew Watt—Minnesota Swarm (D) Rory Smith—Colorado Mammoth Team Losses: (T) John Harasym (D) Mike McNamara (F) Luke Wiles (F) Derek Hopcroft (F) Mike Hominuck Offense: Grade C+ The Buffalo Bandits off-season acquisitions of Ryan Benesch and Joe Resetarits proved to be just what the team needed to help boost their sagging scoring output from last year. Benesch lead the…


Hawks Defeat Bandits to Advance to Champion’s Cup

May 18, 2014

The Rochester Knighthawks defeated the Buffalo Bandits 13-8 in Game 2 to tie the series at a game apiece. The game was a typical Knighthawks/Bandits game: chippy and hard hitting.  The Knighthawks started to carry the momentum as Cory Vitarelli started the scoring at 3:16 and it seemed as if Rochester would start the way Buffalo did in Game 1. Buffalo went on a three-goal run with goals from Benesch…