Bandits sign Vinc to three-year deal

The Bandits bolster their net by adding the six-time NLL Goalie of the Year

Dave Buchanan
November 27, 2018 - 1:27 pm

Photo: Bill Wippert - Bandits.com

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The Buffalo Bandits signed free agent goalie Matt Vinc to a three-year deal on Tuesday. The 36-year-old Vinc is a six-time National Lacrosse League Goaltender of the Year and a three-time NLL Champion.

The 13-year NLL veteran has spent the last eight seasons with the Rochester Knighthawks, posting a 57-56 record and playing in four NLL Champions Cup Finals. 

The addition of Vinc is a huge boost in net for the Bandits. The team dealt with inconsistent goaltending last season from the tandem of Alex Buque and Zach Higgins. Both goalies had a GAA of around 13.00. Buque was traded to New England earlier this offseason, while Higgins remains on the Bandits roster. Vinc had traditionally been a thorn in the side of the Bandits as part of the intense rivalry between the two clubs. 

The St. Catharines, Ontario native played his college lacrosse at Canisius before being drafted sixth overall by the San Jose Stealth in the 2005 NLL Draft. Vinc was taken by the New York Titans in the 2006 Expansion Draft where he quickly became one the NLL's top netminders, including a career best 9.51 GAA in 2010. The Titans franchise folded following the 2010 season, and he was selected by Colorado in the Dispersal Draft. Vinc was unable to play out west due to his work commitments, and was traded Rochester before the start of the 2011 season.

The Bandits host an open practice this Saturday at the Key Bank Center that is free to the public. 

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