NLL Rookie Report: Championship Edition

The National Lacrosse League’s (NLL) newly adapted playoff format was on full display recently as both Division Finals stretched the mini-game to sudden death to decide the winner. With the Champion’s Cup on the horizon, a minimal amount of rookies remain in the NLL playoff picture.   In the second game of the West Division Finals, Riley Loewen helped the Rush even the series with a three point effort (1g,…

May 22, 2014
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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…

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Rochester Knighthawks Host Buffalo Bandits in Game Two

May 17, 2014

The Rochester Knighthawks will be hosting the Buffalo Bandits 7:30pm Saturday night at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester for Game Two of the NLL Eastern Division Finals. After defeating the Rochester Knighthawks in Game One, the Buffalo Bandits will have two chances to not only dethrone the back-to-back defending NLL Champions but also advance to the NLL Champion’s Cup Finals as well. In their previous matchup, the Knighthawks held…

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Tavares Leads Bandits to 12-8 Victory Over Knighthawks in Playoffs

May 12, 2014

The Buffalo Bandits continued their winning playoff ways by taking Game 1 of the East Division Finals with the 12-8 win over the back-to-back defending NLL champion Rochester Knighthawks Saturday night at the First Niagara Center. It’s starting to look like the Buffalo Bandits are finally putting the specter of their eight-game winless streak behind them as they ride the winning wave of momentum through the playoffs. With the Bandits…

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Audio: Bandits Celebrate Win Over Knighthawks

The Buffalo Bandits won game one of their playoff series against the Rochester Knighthawks on Saturday night, and now just need to beat Rochester on the road to advance to the finals. After the game we spoke with head coach Troy Cordingley and players mark Steenhius and John Tavares. Troy Cordingley John Tavares Mark Steenhius

May 11, 2014
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Bandits and Knighthawks Reignite Playoff Rivalry

May 9, 2014

After defeating the Toronto Rock in the opening round of the 2013 NLL playoffs, the Buffalo Bandits will host the back-to-back defending NLL champion Rochester Knighthawks 7:30 pm Saturday night at the First Niagara Center for game one of the Eastern Division Finals.  The Knighthawks were the 3-1 season series winner this year against the Bandits. In their last matchup of the 2013 NLL season, the Knighthawks came away with…

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NLL Three Stars: Regular Season Concludes, Playoffs Loom in Near Future

The NLL saw a lot of odd performances this weekend as top teams struggled early in games and non-contending teams held their own. In the end, the big guns projected to continue into playoffs were able to pull off victories (Rush, Rock, Mammoth, etc.) With playoffs right around the corner now, many teams will look to prepare extra or begin their off seasons with restructuring and drawing boards. First Star:…

April 29, 2014
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Knighthawks Send Bandits to Eighth Straight Loss

April 27, 2014

 The Rochester Knighthawks seized control of the game early in the fourth quarter en route to a 16-14 win over the I-90 rival Buffalo Bandits. With the victory, Rochester tied its single-season wins record with 14. The Knighthawks ended the season with five straight wins and victories in nine of their last 10 games. For 45 minutes, the East Division foes slugged it out with Rochester holding on to a…

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Bandits Will Try to Lasso Knighthawks

April 25, 2014

With the 2013 NLL regular season winding down, the Buffalo Bandits (8-9) have already booked their ticket for the postseason. The only issue still facing the team right now is where they will face the Toronto Rock in the opening round. Currently in the throes of a franchise-record seven game losing streak, the Bandits are looking to redeem themselves on Saturday at 7:30 pm at First Niagara Center during their…

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NLL Three Stars: Grant Jr, Dickson and Vinc Lead

April 22, 2014

The NLL had a one-in-a-kind weekend. John Grant Jr. joined the 600-plus club (call AARP!), Curtis Dickson was the man for the Roughnecks, and Matt Vinc gave the Knighthawks an awesome victory over the Bandits. First Star: John Grant Jr.—600th Career Goal I’m personally a fan of awards and record breaking. The Colorado Mammoth pulled off the unthinkable and made it to the playoffs. Not that they’re a bad team,…

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