The Buffalo Bandits (2-1) went into Duluth, Georgia to battle the offense heavy Georgia Swarm (1-2).
JP Kealey (1g) started the Bandits uprising with only :57 played and the Bandits only had to look in their rearview mirror from that point.
Cory Small and Chris Cloutier kept the pressure on and set up Chase Fraser (2g,3a) and Buffalo was feeling it with a 2-0 advantage with just 3:52 played.
Anyone who knows the game surely knows the explosiveness of the Swarm so when Lyle Thompson (4a) and Randy Staats engineered a pretty set up that Miles Thompson (2g) converted on the man advantage, the contest took a swing.
Cloutier (3g,3a), Nick Weiss (1g), Josh Byrne (3g, 2a) and Dhane Smith (2g,5a) put the Bandits on a jailbreak that would see Buffalo up, 6-1.
Lyle Thompson and Jordan Hall (4a) hit Miles Thompson for his second to close the opening stanza with a 6-2 advantage.
Fraser, Byrne, and Cloutier got it to 9-2 with 9:51 remaining in the half.
Shayne Jackson (3g.3a) cut into the lead with a pretty goal behind Buffalo netminder, Matt Vinc.
Ian Mackay (2g) and Kevin Brownell (1g) each would provide a transition tally to get it to an 11-3 Bandits edge at the half.
Bandit netminder, Matt Vinc (2a) hit MacKay on another transition breakout goal that boosted the Buffalo lead to 12-3.
Georgia got their backs up and ripped three goals furnished by a pair from Randy Staats (4g,3a)) and a single from Jordan MacIntosh (1g,2a) to close it to 12-6.
Cloutier lit the lamp to make it a touchdown and a point after lead to give the Bandits some insurance with only 4:26 left in the third.
Buffalo did a nice job containing Zed Williams (1g) but, he finally found rope off a Shayne Jackson and Brendan Bomberry (2a) set up before Fraser added an extra attacker goal on a delayed Swarm penalty to end the third with Buffalo coasting, 14-7.
Staats picked up a pair and then assisted, along with Jordan Hall on a man-advantage goal from Jackson to cut the lead to four, 14-10 and 9:32 to play.
Buffalo fired back off tallies from Cory Small (1g,2a) and Byrne to end the 16-10 contest.
Dis and Dat: Shots on Goal favored Georgia, 54-49 with loose balls going the Bandits way, 81-63 and other Bandits won the battle from the “x”, 18-12.
By: Kevin Neibauer
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Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.