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BUFFALO, NYThe storybook 2023-24 National Lacrosse League (NLL) season for the Albany FireWolves has come to an end. The Buffalo Bandits overpowered the youngest team in the NLL to win Game 2 of the NLL Finals and claim the NLL Cup for the second season in a row.

The FireWolves fought and clawed all the way until the final seconds of Game 2 as they put together one of the greatest turnaround seasons in NLL history. Albany finished with an overall record of 14-7 including the playoffs only one year after they finished with a last place record of 3-15.

Sam Firth led Albany in scoring with a career-high 5 goals and also added 2 assists for 7 points. NLL Rookie of the Year Alex Simmons contributed 7 pts (3 goals, 4 assists) as his 32 playoffs points are a new playoff record for a rookie. Scoring was rounded out by Travis Longboat with 4 pts (3g, 1a), Tye Kurtz with 4 pts (1g, 3a), Ethan Walker with 5 pts (5a), and Patrick Kaschalk with 1 goal. Doug Jamieson finished with 36 saves on 51 shots on goal.  

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The Bandits took the lead by five or more goals a few times during the game, but each time the FireWolves were able to cut the lead and were only down by one goal at 9-8 at the start of the third quarter. The Albany defense withstood the punches thrown by Buffalo’s star-studded offense and kept them in the fight the whole game. Players like Firth and Longboat stepped up to score big momentum shifting goals and the whole offense never backed down no matter what the score was.  

The 2023-24 Albany FireWolves will go down as a team that shocked the lacrosse world and has lit a fire in the city of Albany with their connection to the community and their passion every time they stepped on the turf.  

The future is bright for the youngest team in the league with more talented draft picks and players joining a team with tremendous character and talent.  

Thank you to all the coaches, players, staff, fans and people that made this incredible season possible. Go FireWolves! 

About Albany FireWolves  

The Albany FireWolves is the Capital Region’s very own Professional Box Lacrosse team, playing in the National Lacrosse League out of the MVP Arena in downtown Albany, NY. For more information, contact the Albany FireWolves Front Office at (518) 362-4900 or visit AlbanyFireWolves.com. Follow the team on Facebook at facebook.com/AlbFireWolves, Twitter @AlbFireWolves, and Instagram @AlbFireWolves. 

About the National Lacrosse League  

The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America’s premier professional lacrosse league. Founded in 1986, the NLL ranks third in average attendance for pro indoor sports worldwide, behind only the NHL and NBA. The League is comprised of 15 franchises across the United States and Canada: Albany FireWolves, Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, Halifax Thunderbirds, Las Vegas Desert Dogs, New York Riptide, Panther City Lacrosse Club (TX), Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock, and Vancouver Warriors. For more information, visit NLL.com and find @NLL on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

About MVP Arena  

MVP Arena is a full-service entertainment and sports facility featuring a wide variety of family shows, sporting events, trade shows and concerts. Owned by Albany County and managed by ASM Global, MVP Arena opened in 1990 and is home to the Albany FireWolves of the National Lacrosse League, the Albany Firebirds of the Arena Football League and the Division I Men’s College Basketball Siena Saints. For more information, please visit https://www.mvparena.com/ 

About Brothers Gutters – Capital District  

Our mantra, “Reinventing Contractor Service™” is the phrase we live by in all areas of our business, every day. The story of The Brothers that just do Gutters began with hard work and a dream to be a community-loved contractor. We wanted to reinvent how clients experience contractor services and provide a level of customer service and reliability that was lacking in our industry. For more information, please visit https://www.brothersgutters.com/capital-district-ny/

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