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Bandits re-sign Matthews, add two more with one-year deals

08/07/2014, 11:00am EDT
By NLL.com

Buffalo brings back second-year pro plus signs Fowler & DiRuscio


The Buffalo Bandits re-signed Joel Matthews and signed Corey Fowler & Dave DiRuscio to one-year deals. (Photo: Bill Wippert)

The Buffalo Bandits have announced that the team has re-signed forward Joel Matthews and signed forward Corey Fowler and goaltender Dave DiRuscio all to one-year contracts for the 2015 National Lacrosse League season.

Matthews, Buffalo’s fourth-round selection (31st overall) in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft, made his NLL debut and appeared in a total of two games in 2014. The 23-year-old tallied two goals overall in his first season, both of which came against the Rochester Knighthawks on April 26. Prior to joining the professional ranks, Matthews suited up for the University of Detroit Mercy.

Fowler joins the Bandits after a successful summer lacrosse season. Fowler tallied 66 points (16+50) over 11 games, good for second overall in league scoring, and also finished in the top 20 in A-level league scoring with 34 points (16+18) in 12 games. Previously in 2014, he was one of the top-five scorers in the semi-pro lacrosse league with 33 points (10+23) over eight games.

DiRuscio spent the 2014 season as a goaltender in the semi-pro league. Voted as the league's season MVP and Top Goalie, DiRuscio finished the year atop all netminders with a 7.95 goals-against average and a save percentage of .865.

Earlier this month, the Bandits re-signed starting goalie Anthony Cosmo, a finalist for 2014 NLL Goaltender of the Year, to a one-year deal. Buffalo previously placed their franchise tag designation on forward Mark Steenhuis and sent qualifying offers to avoid restricted free agency for four players in defensemen Steve Priolo and Rory Smith along with transition players Jay Thorimbert and Andrew Watt.

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