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Calgary Roughnecks defeat Buffalo Bandits in 2019 NLL Finals

The Calgary Roughnecks finished at the top of the professional box lacrosse world and earned the 2019 NLL cup with their 14-13 win over the Buffalo Bandits.

The Calgary Roughnecks defeated the Buffalo Bandits in two games to win the 2019 NLL Finals.
Forward Jesse King raises the NLL Cup following the Calgary Roughnecks' sweep of the Buffalo Bandits in the 2019 NLL Finals. (Photo courtesy of Calgary Roughnecks)

The Calgary Roughnecks finished at the top of the professional box lacrosse world and earned the 2019 NLL cup with their 14-13 win over the Buffalo Bandits. The win completed their two-game sweep of Buffalo in the NLL Finals and came off Rhys Duch’s clutch overtime goal at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

“I’m feeling amazing, I’m feeling grateful,” said Jesse King, Calgary’s forward who was out of commission most of the season due to injury. King returned with two games left in the regular season and was monumental in the Roughnecks’ 4-0 playoff run. “I’m thankful for the group of guys and what we were able to accomplish over the last six or seven months… It’s a humbling and exciting feeling all at once.”

The Roughnecks finished the regular season with a 10-8 record that included winning their final three games to secure a playoff berth. In the playoffs, the Roughnecks defeated the San Diego Seals in a tight 12-11 contest and then defeated the Colorado Mammoth 8-4 to earn a trip to the NLL Finals.

The team traveled to Buffalo for Game 1 where they defeated the Bandits 10-7 and returned home to the Scotiabank Saddledome to complete the sweep and win the 2019 NLL cup.

The team’s win secured the franchise’s third in their 18-year history and first in 10 years. Prior to this season, Calgary won their last NLL Championship in 2009, defeating the New York Titans 12-10. The franchise won its first championship in 2004 and ironically defeated the Buffalo Bandits, a team that was also seeking to end a championship drought of more than 10 years.

Hutton Jackson is a professional video editor, co-founder/host of Pro Lacrosse Talk and editor-in-chief of Lacrosse Playground. He is also an Emmy-winning associate producer with two major sports networks and oversees Lacrosse Playground's video content as the head coordinating producer. Hutton played four years of college lacrosse at DeSales University where his highest lacrosse accolade was being named to Inside Lacrosse's 2014 All-Name Team with current pros Challen Rogers, Deemer Class and Larken Kemp, an honor that didn't require stepping on the field. When he's not writing on lacrosse, he can usually be found diving around the crease in your local men's league and ranting about Baltimore and D.C. professional sports.

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