Riptide Stun Bandits on Tucker Out Lymphoma Night

The Buffalo Bandits (3-3) took on the New York Riptide (2-4) on Tucker Out Lymphoma Night inside KeyBank Center on Friday.

The Bandits defeated the Rochester Knighthawks 15-13 last Saturday in Rochester.  New York entered the contest with a 1-4 record in 2023-24, but Buffalo knew it had to be ready against a Riptide team that had taken the Bandits to overtime twice in the past two seasons while splitting two matchups that ended in regulation.

“This is a team that’s always played us well,” alternate captain Dhane Smith said. “Their offense is unbelievable, and I feel like they’ve done a great job of getting some defensive pieces this last year. Yes, they’ve been struggling, but any night can be their night.”

Quote courtesy of Buffalo Bandits

TUCKER OUT LYMPHOMA NIGHT

Friday will be the 10th rendition of Tucker Out Lymphoma Night at KeyBank Center. The night honors the passing of Tucker Williams, the son of former Bandit Shawn Williams, who lost a courageous battle with Burkitt lymphoma in 2014.

Smith, who was teammates with Shawn in 2013 and 2014, said the night is one of the most important games for him all season.

“It is important to me and it’s one of those games that you mark on your calendar,” Smith said. “It’s been going on for a very long time now and it’s an easy game to get up for. … The lacrosse community has come so close together because of it and it’s a really special night that Scott Loffler’s done a great job of putting on.”

Quote Courtesy of Buffalo Bandits

Tucker Out Lymphoma Night has been played across the league since 2014. 

The goalie match-up had Cam Dunkerley in net for the Riptide against Matt Vinc in net for the Bandits.

In yet another tale of two games, New York jumped out to a 10-3 lead with a seven goal run in the second quarter led by Jeff Teat (4g,5a).  Buffalo clawed their way back in the game in the second half shutting down the Riptide’s offense while creating offense of their own. 

Chase Fraser (4g,2a) tied the game with just over two minutes left, but Jeff Teat scored the winning goal 0:22 seconds later.  Add an empty net goal by Matt Marinier for the stunning 15-13 upset victory.

To The Game:

The Riptide got on the board first when Mitch Wilde, on a breakaway, went with a side arm shot through the five-hole of Matt Vinc in transition at 1:04.  Chase Fraser answered with a behind the back shot off a Dhane Smith pass at 2:22.  The initial shot was saved by Dunkerley, but his momentum had him fall backwards into the net with the ball.

The Bandits took the lead with Chase Fraser’s second of the night.  Fraser’s shot caught the shortside off a Josh Byrne pass at 3:14. 

Stephen Keogh tied the game for New York, when he fired a quick shot to the top corner off a Kiel Matisz feed at 9:24, followed by Reilly O’Connor converting a Jeff Teat pass on a give and go at 10:04 for the lead.

Josh Byrne tied the game firing a screen shot from the outside to the shortside off a Brandon Robinson pass at 11:12.

After one quarter, Buffalo 3 New York 3.

Second Quarter:

Jeff Teat opened the second quarter scoring with a shot to the far corner off a Kevin Brownell pass at 0:21 seconds, followed by Kiel Matisz converting a Teat pass at 1:51 to give the Riptide a two goal lead. 

Jeff Teat then fired a low to low laser off a Matisz pass at 2:41, followed by Larson Sundown diving from behind the net on a delayed penalty to the Bandits at 3:14. 

Stephen Keogh fired a low to low shot from in front of the net at 4:16 on another delayed penalty to the Bandits.  Jeff Teat’s third of the quarter picked the top corner off a Kiel Matisz feed on the power-play at 5:44.

The Bandits made a goalie change.   Steven Orleman relieved Matt Vinc in the Buffalo net.

The Riptide welcomed Orleman to the game when Connor Kearnan dove and shot to the shortside off a Stephen Keogh pass at 7:30. 

Buffalo got one back shorthanded when Dhane Smith picked off a Riptide pass going coast to coast for the unassisted goal at 8:30.  New York answered back when Kiel Matisz fired a howitzer from the outside off a Jeff Teat pass at 9:57 for his second of the night.

Matt Vinc went back in the Bandits net.

Josh Byrne hit the shortside off a Dhane Smith pass at 11:43, followed by Ian MacKay firing a sidearm shot in transition at 13:48 to bring the game within five.

At the half, New York 11 Buffalo 6.

Third Quarter:

The Bandits got moving quickly in the third quarter.  Tehoka Nanticoke opened the second half scoring with a quick stick off a Josh Byrne pass at 1:43, followed by Chase Fraser’s third of the night also off a Byrne feed at 2:32.

Stephen Keogh scored his second of the night converting a Larson Sundown pass on a broken play at 3:53 to stop the Bandits four goal run, but was answered by Dhane Smith on the power-play converting a Chase Fraser pass at 8:29.

The Riptide survived a Buffalo two man advantage with excellent penalty killing to keep their three goal lead heading to the fourth quarter.

After three quarters, New York 12 Buffalo 9.

Fourth Quarter:

Ian MacKay opened the fourth quarter scoring off a Josh Byrne pass at 1:19 scoring into a wide open net.  Stephen Keogh scored his third of the night to answer back for the Riptide off a Kiel Matisz feed at 3:00. 

Tehoka Nanticoke dunked a shot from behind the net off a Chase Fraser pass at 4:17, followed by Josh Byrne fighting his way out front and banking it off of Dunkerley at 9:08 to bring the game within one.

Chase Fraser’s fourth of the game tied it up.  A dive across the net after a swim move away from Jay Thorimbert at 12:51 was the play, but Jeff Teat answered with his fourth of the night off a Reilly O’Connor feed just 0:22 seconds later to give the Riptide the lead once again.  Matt Marinier scored into the empty net with 0:02.6 seconds left to put an exclamation point on the game.

Final score, New York 15 Buffalo 13.

***Of note:

Matt Vinc added to his Hall of Fame resume by passing 10,000 saves in this game.

The Three Stars:

1. Jeff Teat
2. Josh Byrne
3. Stephen Keogh

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal favored Buffalo 58-43.
  • The faceoff battle was won by the Riptide 19-12.
  • The loose ball battle went to the Bandits 73-58.
  • New York went 2 for 3 on the power-play.
  • Buffalo went 1 foe 4 on the power-play, while scoring a shorthanded goal.

Top Scorers:

New York Riptide:

  • Jeff Teat 4g, 5a
  • Reilly O’Connor 1g, 7a
  • Kiel Matisz 2g, 4a

Buffalo Bandits:

  • Josh Byrne 3g, 4a
  • Chase Fraser 4g, 2a
  • Dhane Smith 2g, 4a

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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.

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