National Lacrosse League (NLL) Retro Game Of The Week

A big thank you to the Buffalo Bandits for originally posting this game on their YouTube channel.

The Buffalo Bandits played the Portland LumberJax on Saturday, May 17, 2008 for the 2008 NLL Champions Cup at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY.

The Bandits (10-6) beat the Philadelphia Wings in Eastern Semi-Final 14-12, then the New York Titans 19-12 in the Eastern Final, on way to the Championship game.

Portland (6-10) beat the San Jose Stealth 18-16 in the Western Semi-Final, then the Calgary Roughnecks 16-12 in the Western Final, en route to this Championship game.

Buffalo had a stacked team with John Tavaras, Mike Accursi, Cory Bomberry, Mark Steenhuis, Delby Powless, and Dan Teat.

Portland was an exciting team with Dan Dawson, Ryan Powell, Brodie Merrill, Derek Malawsky, and Peter Morgan.

Matt Disher started in net for the Lumberjax against Mike Thompson tending goal for the Bandits.

The coaching match-up had Buffalo’s Darris Kilgour (who won three championships with the Bandits as a player, now looking for his first as a coach) vs. Portland’s Derek Keenan (who had success as a player in the Bandits organization in the MILL back in the 90’s).

This was a thriller of a game from start to finish, keeping the packed house on the edge of their seats all night!

Sit back, relax, and enjoy this game in it’s entirety.

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.