Bandits Claim First Overall in East

As muddied as the National League Playoff has been, one thing is clear with much undecided.

Kevin M. Neibauer

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Despite a hiccup losing streak, the Buffalo Bandits flexed their muscles to defeat a playoff hopeful Georgia Swarm, 18-9 in a Saturday Week 20 Battle.

If there was any doubt, Dhane Smith solidified his claim to the NLL Most Valuable Player with his nine point night.

To the Game

Georgia was Swarming with Brendan Bomberry (1g,1a). Hitting net at the 2:44 mark

Chris Cloutier (3g,5a) took the sting away just under a minute later to even the score at 1-1.

Josh Byrne (3g,3a) followed by a Steve Priolo (1g) marker gave the Bandits a two goal edge at 3-1.

Lyle Thompson set up brother Miles ( 2g,1a) to end the back and forth first quarter with a 3-2 score.


Let the fireworks begin with an offensive explosion of twelve goals.

Buffalo would take control with an eight goal uprising.

With :51 played, Joel White got it even at 3…That would be the Georgia highlight.

Despite LyleThompson (1g,5a) giving the Swarm a lead, Buffalo flexed their muscles and took control

Connor Fields (2g,3a), Cloutier, Fields, Chase Fraser (1g,2a), Kyle Buchanan (1g,4a), Smith (2g,7 asssis)), Tehoka Nanticoke (2g,3a), and another from Smith more than offset the Georgia markers.

Shayne Jackson (1g,1a),and Jordan MacIntosh (1g,2a) supplied the Swarm offense to end the 11-6 half.

To the Third

Thimgs would simmer down with only four goals. Buffalo continued to keep their foot on the accelerator with a 3-1 advantage,fueled by Smith setting up Josh Byrne on the advantage at 4:12.

Matt Spanger ,(1g) pushed it to 13-6 eighteen seconds later.

Stephan Leblanc stopped the run before Smith and Byrne set up Cloutier to end the third with a 14-7 Bandits lead.

To the Fourth

TJ Comizio would get it to a 14-8 game before the Bandits piled it on with Ian MacKay (1g) and Nanticoke lighting the lamp.

Miles Thompsom ,(2g,1a) potted the final Swarm goal.with Byrne and Fields putting the finishing touches on the 18-9 game.


• Shots heavily went the Buffalo way, 65-37.

• Power Plays revealed Buffalo going 3 of 4 and Georgia going 0 for 3.

• Connor Kirst went 13 of 21 from the dot for the Swarm.

• Matt Vinc stopped 28 Georgia shore.

• Craig Wende went 35:24 with 8 goals allowed and 30 saves for the Swarm.

• Mike Poulin stopped 17 shots in his 24:36.

BuffalonLocks up East

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.