New Goals: Blaze Riorden impresses as Bandits rookie

Former star college lacrosse goalie now plays offense for Buffalo.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – It was the goal seen around the world.

Albany keeper Blaze Riorden recorded a save, ran past midfield, split two Cornell defenders and fired a shot. Goal.

He garnered SportsCenter “Top Play” honors, an ESPY nomination, one million internet views and…a new cellphone.

“I got so many texts my phone froze and I had to get a new phone,” Riorden said with a laugh.

In fact, playing offense is what Blaze has always being good at. A twist of fate when he was younger put him in net. He stayed there throughout his college career.

“My Dad was my coach and I broke our goalies hand with a shot so my Dad made my go in net and that is how I started to become a goalie in third grade.”

Now, Blaze plays for the Bandits.

And, he is still scoring goals…but not as a goalie.

This offseason he was picked up by the Bandits as an undrafted free agent. And as a kid who grew up in Rochester, he knew all about Banditland.

“Who’s house? Steenhuis, the BOX, all that.”

But, the transition from a field goalie, to a box attack was not an easy one.

“I took it upon myself and I got in shape and lost about 40 pounds and worked on my stick skills. I just studied the game. It is definitely the hardest I have ever had to work to be a part of a team but I am happy to be a Buffalo Bandit.”

And if he was ever called upon to get in goal for the bandits?

“I am not much of a box lacrosse goalie, I tried it before and got called Swiss cheese so I think I am going to stay out of the net.” 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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