Compiled and Written by “Muffler” Mike Kostiuk

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The Buffalo Bandits visited Nassau Live Center on Sunday afternoon to play the New York Riptide.

With the Halifax Thunderbirds losing the night before, Buffalo was looking to stay undefeated, and many thought a win would come relatively easily against a Riptide team struggling at 1-4.

New York had other ideas, overcoming deficits of 7-4, 10-6, and 14-10 to force overtime.


Ultimately, the Bandits prevailed 18-17 in the highest scoring game in the NLL this season to stay undefeated (5-0) and take sole possession of first place in the East Division.

The Riptide (1-5) remain in last place in the East.

Both teams traded 3 goals each for the first ten minutes.

Tehoka Nanticoke (0:43), Nick Weiss (3:09), and Josh Byrne (5:09) for Buffalo; Jake Fox (1:12), Larson Sundown (4:43), and Kieran McArdle (10:02; shorthanded) for New York.

The Bandits then took the proverbial driver’s seat over the last five minutes: Brad McCulley (11:56), Kevin Brownell (12:05), Nanticoke’s second (12:51), and Chase Fraser (14:59; power play).

New York could only respond with Jeff Teat (14:30) for a 7-4 deficit at the end of the first quarter.


Crawford joins elite group.

The Riptide pulled within two on McArdle’s second (3:20; power play) before the Bandits fired off another 3-goal run.

Dhane Smith (7:27), Byrne’s second (9:22), and Connor Fields (11:25) made it 10-5.

At 14:08, New York’s Callum Crawford fired a shot past Bandits netminder Matt Vinc to become just the 16th player in NLL history to score 400 career goals.


New York would outscore Buffalo 5-4 in the third quarter.

Tyson Gibson (0:27; power play), Teat’s second (1:24; power play), Crawford’s second (7:15), Fox’s second (10:08), and Sundown’s second (14:17; power play).

Buffalo countered with Nanticoke’s third (6:23; power play) and fourth (9:47), Fields’s second (10:25), and Smith’s second (11:03).

As the third quarter ended, it was a three-goal game again at 14-11, but a whopping six other players were about to join Nanticoke in the hat-trick club.


The Sundown goal at the end of the third quarter ignited a 7-goal Riptide run.

Fox (2:53), Crawford (3:41), Sundown (5:07; power play) and Teat (7:52) each netted their third of the night, with goals from Jay Thorimbert (3:45) and Connor Kearnan (6:00; power play) sandwiched in between. Suddenly, New York had a 17-14 advantage with 8 minutes to play.

Buffalo, not used to playing from behind late in the game, responded to a pair of untimely Riptide penalties as the clock wound down.

Fraser’s second (11:09), Fields’s hat trick (13:41; power play), and Byrne’s hat trick (14:38; power play) sent the game to overtime.

Still on the power play, Chris Cloutier ended the game at 1:11, putting a low shot past the Riptide’s Steven Orleman to punctuate the narrowest of escapes for the Bandits.


1st Star: Cloutier (GWG, 1a)
2nd Star: Crawford (3g, 8a)
3rd Star: Jeff Teat (3g, 7a)


Sundown (3g, 3a); Nanticoke (4g, 2a); Fields (3g, 3a); Smith (2g, 9a).

Power Play: BUF 3 of 6; NY 6 of 10

Thorimbert: 13 loose balls (led all players); 1,642 for his career (5th all-time in NLL history)

Thorimbert: 15 of 29 on faceoffs
Vinc (BUF): 32 saves; Orleman (NY): 39 saves.

Buffalo’s Steve Priolo scooped his 1.000th loose ball.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.