Bandits preview East Division Finals

The Buffalo Bandits are one win away from punching their ticket to the NLL Champions Cup finals.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Following Monday’s 15-10 victory over New England, the Bandits return home Saturday night looking for a spot in the Champion’s Cup finals for the first time since 2008.

Buffalo and New England will face off at 7:30 p.m. in front of an expected crowd of 15,000 fans inside Banditland. If they will win, they will clinch the best-of-three series. A loss would result in a 10 minute mini-game beginning immediately after game two ends. The thought of playing an additional game is not something the Bandits are interested in.

“You just don’t want to put yourself in that predicament,” captain Billy Dee Smith said. “Anything can happen in 10 minutes in lacrosse and so you want to win it honest and you want to win it in 60 minutes.”

“We would like to finish this off in two games but we know we have a team that is desperate and a very solid team,” head coach Troy Cordingley said following the team’s shoot around Saturday morning. “We know the parity between us and them is very close so we just have to make sure we are taking care of the things that make us successful.”

If the Bandits do advance to the finals, they will be looking to win their first Champion’s Cup since 2008. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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