The Buffalo Bandits have been a staple in the National Lacrosse League since 1992 and are one of the most recognizable franchises in sports. After 27 years, they have finally accomplished what they set out to do: win a championship.
The journey to this championship was long and arduous for the Bandits – filled with close losses and missed opportunities. But this season, they were determined to bring Buffalo its first professional sports championship.
The Bandits were a formidable force throughout the playoffs, winning each game by at least five points and never trailing for more than 8 minutes. Led by MVP Dhane Smith, the Bandits put together an impressive team effort throughout the playoffs. Their defense was exceptional, led by goalie Matt Vinc and veteran defenders in Steve Priolo and Graeme Hossack.
The Bandits offense was equally impressive, with Smith leading the charge on that end of the floor. He notched 57 points over the course of the playoffs, earning him the MVP trophy. He was joined by teammates Shawn Evans and Josh Byrne, who tallied a combined 92 points to help the Bandits reach their championship goal.
The final game of the series ended in a thrilling 13-4 victory for Buffalo, as they held on for dear life in a tightly contested match. It was an incredible moment for the city of Buffalo, as they finally experienced the joy of professional sports victory.
This championship win is one that will be remembered for many years to come in Buffalo. Congratulations to the Bandits on a well-deserved title! Now let’s hope it’s only the beginning of many more championships to come! Go Bandits!