For the 2nd time in 3 years, the Bandits won home field advantage throughout the playoffs and once again, they will be hosting the Champions Cup Finals. The game started out rough as the visiting New York Titans grabbed an early 4-2 lead. However, as hot as the Titans have been of late, the Bandits have been even hotter as they jumped ahead to a 9-5 lead at the half en route to a 19-12 victory. After a rough game against Philadelphia last week, fan favorite Mark "Whose house?" Steenhuis tallied a playoff record 7 goals while John Tavares, probably the greatest to ever play the game, added 2 goals and 10 assists in the rout.
The Bandettes kept things going all evening long themselves as they started out the gameday with a mini-rally in their usual autograph spot with a dance performance as well as crowd giveaways and a dance competition with some of the younger Bandits fans in attendance. Erin H emceed the event as over a dozen youngsters displayed their dance skills to the assembled throng. When the game hit, the squad, minus Casey but with Korinne and Jessica back, put on solid and exciting dance performances during intermissions on the field and in section 113 during the action. With a 4th quarter that took over 50 minutes to play thanks to 19 penalties (compared to 8 in all of last week's game) and the fact that the Bandits were on the verge of another trip to the Finals, Erin H and Melissa's squad joined Erin Y and Meghan's squad in the tunnel in the 4th quarter of this big game. Following the game, the Bandettes went on the field for one last time to help the fans celebrate the Bandits convincing win.A little added note: Erin J and Jaclyn showed they not only still have the looks, but the moves as well as they couldn't help but get into the spirit of the game, joining the Bandettes in some routines.
Next up is the 2008 Edge NLL Championship Game on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 PM ET at HSBC Arena. Stay tuned for any info on pregame activities for the game.