News | 8/3/2009 3:28:31 PM | Bandits.com
Buffalo Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations Scott Loffler today announced the team has tagged forward Mike Accursi and transition player Pat McCready as Buffalo's franchise players for the 2010 NLL season.
By declaring an Unrestricted Free Agent as a Franchise Player, a club ensures they will retain the player's services for the upcoming season. Teams can declare up to two franchise players each season.
"It was very important to us to have both Mike and Pat back in Buffalo this season," said Loffler. "They have both won a championship here, and they provide us with an invaluable veteran presence both on and off the floor."
Accursi was third on the Bandits in goals (30) and points (60) last season. This moves the 34-year-old Accursi to third all-time on the Bandits in both goals (182) and points (326). Accursi played in Buffalo from 2000-04, and was reacquired from Edmonton during the 2008 season. He has 326 points (182+144) in 93 regular season games for Buffalo, and career totals of 630 points (300+330) in 173 games for Buffalo, Edmonton, Rochester, Syracuse and Ontario.
After missing the first seven games last season, McCready returned to pick up 16 points (4+12) and 55 loose balls in nine games. The 34-year-old native of St. Catharines, Ont., has played the last eight seasons in Buffalo, scoring 206 points (71+135) in 112 games. McCready has also collected 990 loose balls as a Bandit, including a career-high and franchise record 173 in 2002. For his career, he has 339 points (127+212) and 1,314 loose balls in 173 games with Buffalo, Rochester and Charlotte.