Niagara Gazette

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April 26, 2014

Bandits host regular season finale tonight

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Niagara Gazette — “It’s key for two reasons,” Dietrich said of tonight’s game. “One, we want to get a win because you want to remember what it’s like to win a lacrosse game. It’s been almost two months. Secondly, we seem to have a real good record at home and we’ve struggled on the road.

“Knowing we have to play Toronto (in the first round), we’d rather play Toronto in our building as opposed to having to go to the Air Canada Centre,” Dietrich added.

While defense and goaltending has been consistent most of the year— Anthony Cosmo leads the league in saves, is tied for tops in save percentage and is third in goals against average — scoring has been scarce as of late.

The Bandits are the second-lowest scoring team in the NLL. They produce 10.4 goals per game, and have reached double-digit goals in one game during the recent slide.

A campaign that once flashed much promise now relies on the team returning to that early-season form where each phase was playing well.

“It’s frustrating,” said forward Joe Resetarits, who has totaled 37 points (23+14), of the offense. “We haven’t been doing our part, especially with how good our defense is playing. It comes down to us. We’ve talked about it a million times. It just comes down to us stop talking about it and doing it.”

“The group that’s been on the floor just hasn’t meshed,” Dietrich said. “It’s not trying to put any onus on any one individual on the left side (of the forward group), but somebody needs to step up or it’s going to be a short playoff run for us.”

Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. tonight.

Follow contributing reporter Aaron Garland on Twitter @AA_Garland.

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