Sunday, January 21, 2018

Biggest Fourth-Quarter Comebacks by Bandits (2005-2018)

Lacrosse fans may have noticed that the Bandits trailed Saskatchewan, 6-0, after the first period of their game on Jan. 19. They also trailed, 12-5, in the third period. Yet Buffalo rallied to win the game, 16-15.

That raised a question - how great a comeback is that?

We don't have all the game scoring sheets for Bandits' games; they only go back to 2005. And - let's face it - it would be really tough to go through every single goal and game in team history to see if there was a bigger comeback.

But there is a simpler way to make something of a judgment. What was the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in recent years? Let's take a look back a bit and see; keep in mind that you have to win the game and not just tie it at some point to make this list:

Goals - Date - Opponent - Final Score
4 - 1/19/18 - @Saskatchewan - 16-15o
3 - 3/13/15 - Toronto - 15-12
3 - 2/28/13 - @Toronto - 15-13
2 - 1/12/13 - Minnesota - 13-12
2 - 2/20/09 - @Toronto - 17-16o
1 - 4/2/16 - @Georgia - 18-14
1 - 2/23/16 - @Rochester - 15-13
1 - 2/7/15 - @Calgary - 15-14o
1 - 3/18/14 - Minnesota - 12-9
1 - 1/19/13 - @Rochester - 14-13
1 - 3/13/10 - @Boston - 9-8
1 - 2/24/07 - Philadelphia - 9-8
1 - 3/18/06 - @Rochester - 14-13o
1 - 4/14/06 - Philadelphia - 8-7

Since we already are looking up things, let's do the biggest blown leads in the fourth quarter as well. The same rules apply:

Goals - Date - Opponent - Final Score
4 - 2/21/15 - @Rochester - 13-12o
3 - 3/25/17 - @Rochester - 11-10
3 - 4/5/14 - Calgary - 16-13
2 - 4/29/17 - Toronto - 19-15
2 - 3/1/13 - Philadelphia - 11-10o
2 - 1/27/12 - Philadelphia - 13-10
2 - 3/19/05 - @Rochester - 12-11o
2 - 4/1/05 - Rochester - 11-9
2 - 4/16/05 - San Jose - 13-10
1 - 4/15/17 - @Georgia - 17-16
1 - 2/20/16 - Georgia - 19-15
1 - 3/14/15 - @Toronto - 11-10o
1 - 2/6/10 - Toronto - 14-10
1 - 2/6/09 - @Philadelphia - 13-11
1 - 2/10/08 - @New York - 10-9o

By the way, the Bandits did not play another game in 2018 after the Saskatchewan contest in which a team that was trailing after three quarters rallied to win. 

o - indicates overtime game

Updated through May 11, 2018

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