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Benesch's hat trick leads Bandits to victory over Rock

The Canadian Press

1/10/2014 10:52:27 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Ryan Benesch scored a hat trick for Buffalo as the Bandits defeated the Toronto Rock 12-10 in National Lacrosse League play Friday.

Benesch added a pair of assists for a five-point game as Buffalo rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the first quarter.

Mark Steenhuis and Steve Priolo each scored twice for the Bandits (1-1), with singles coming from Aaron Wilson, John Tavares, Chad Culp, Andrew Watt and Jamie Rooney.

Colin Doyle and Stephan Leblanc had three goals each for Toronto (1-1), with Jesse Gamble, Rob Hellyer, Kasey Beirnes and Damon Edwards adding a goal apiece. Josh Sanderson chipped in with five assists.

Anthony Cosmo stopped 52-of-62 shots for Buffalo, while his Rock counterpart Nick Rose made 43 saves.