Frank Brown

Salamanca native Frank Brown’s National Lacrosse League career began with two assists in a season-opening loss for the Georgia Swarm Friday.

The Swarm fell, 13-11, at New England, letting a 9-5 lead slip away in the second half. Brown’s first NLL point came 2:19 into the second quarter, getting the first assist to Miles Thompson, who then passed to Kiel Matisz for the goal and a 7-5 lead. Brown’s second assist helped Georgia tie the game 11-11 in the fourth, setting up Connor Sellars’ pass to Shayne Jackson for the tying goal.

A second-round rookie out of Hobart College, Brown also recorded four loose balls in his debut.

Next up for the Swarm following a bye week is another road game, visiting Colorado (1-0) on Saturday, Dec. 23.

New-look Bandits impress in season opener

First overall draft pick Josh Byrne marked five points in his Buffalo Bandits and NLL debut, while Dhane Smith showed his former MVP form with seven points in a 13-9 season-opening victory over Toronto, Friday night at First Niagara Center.

Byrne, picked first out of Hofstra in September’s NLL Draft, scored once and assisted on four other goals for the Bandits (1-0). Smith, meanwhile, had a goal and six assists. Two other Buffalo newcomer forwards, Callum Crawford and Jordan Durston, had four points each. Crawford, acquired in a trade with Colorado, had two goals and two assists while Durston, a trade acquisition from Vancouver, had three assists with a goal.

The Bandits saw 10 different players score in their opener.

“We have so many threats,” Smith told reporters. “It’s great for an offense to not know who’s going to shoot. We have so many guys who can put the ball in the net. It’s fun to watch when we’re swinging the ball and we all buy-in.”

New goalie Alex Burque, replacing the retired Anthony Cosmo, made 55 saves in his Bandits debut.