Buffalo Bandits coach Troy Cordingley sees the production of guys like Dhane Smith, John Tavares, Ryan Benesch and Mark Steenhuis. But he also sees the work that makes it possible, and he’s looking right at Jamie Rooney. “As a coach, you watch game film and see how hard he works,” Cordingley told the Buffalo News. “He’s about 170 and throws his weight around.” Rooney sees it, and feels it. After scoring 43 points (20-23) in his 2008 rookie season, he really hasn’t come close to that kind of production again, bouncing around between Philadelphia, New York, Rochester, Boston and Toronto. And now Buffalo, where he’s got 11 points (4-7) but says the 2014 season feels much different from the rest because of his dedication to fitness. It’s contributed to a new air in the locker room, as compared to last winter. “It was very frustrating for everyone,” Rooney said of 2013. “The coaches were not happy with the players, and the players weren’t happy with the coaches. That went right up to management. Getting off to a good start made everyone feel better, and when you feel better you play better.”Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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