The Bandits started off their home opener strong behind 5 goals from Ryan Benesch and carried a 9-5 lead going into the closing seconds of the 3rd quarter. In the NLL, however, a big lead can disappear quickly and less than 6 minutes of playing time later, the Bandits' lead dwindled to a 9-8 score. A huge penalty that put transition man David Brock in the penalty box for 7 minutes could've killed the team but the fight he got into to earn the penalties got them fired up enough that they held off the Edomnton Rush the rest of the way, sending the Banditland faithful home happy with a 9-8 win!
When I got to the arena, the Bandettes were out in full force greeting fans and handing out magnetic schedules after having done their photo shoot earlier in the day. Hopefully that's a sign their site will be updated very soon. Erin was downstairs with a half-dozen of the girls who were greeting fans as they came in.
|Janelle, Stephanie, and Abby|
|Cheri, Syidah, Alicia, LaToya, Kirsten, and Lauren|
|Brittany, Melanie, and Chrissy|
|Squad photo minus Brianna|
While it's true that Stephanie, a co-captain in her 4th season (my how time flies) is the only remaining confirmed camera ham on the squad with the retirements of Kirsten and Chelsea, it does seem one particular rookie may be starting to make a mark as one as well as I noticed LaToya playing it up to the camera on occasion. For a photographer, there's nothing better than to work with someone who loves the camera.
|Stephanie and LaToya|
|Mandy, Brittany, and Chrissy|
|Bandettes in action at the half|
|spelling out One Buffalo with their shirts|
See all the pics at http://buffaloprocheerbuffalobandettes.shutterfly.com/pictures/7938
The Bandits are on the road for the next few weeks but they, and the Bandettes, are next in action at First Niagara Center on January 30 as they play host to the Minnesota Swarm.