1998 NLL season

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1998 NLL season
League National Lacrosse League
Sport Indoor lacrosse
Duration January 3, 1998 - April 28, 1998
Number of teams 7
Regular season
League champions Philadelphia Wings
Runners-up Baltimore Thunder
Season MVP Gary Gait (Baltimore Thunder)
Top scorer Gary Gait (Baltimore Thunder)
Champion's Cup
Champions Philadelphia Wings
  Runners-up Baltimore Thunder
Champion's Cup MVP Dallas Eliuk (Philadelphia)
MILL/NLL seasons

Before the 1998 season, the Major Indoor Lacrosse League was renamed to be the National Lacrosse League, in the process increasing the length of the regular season from ten to twelve games. The first season as the NLL began on January 3, 1998 and concluded with the second championship game on April 28. The championship was decided by a best-two-of-three series, with the Philadelphia Wings defeating the Baltimore Thunder 16-12 in the first game and 17-12 in the second.

Team Movement[edit]

The 1998 season featured the debut of two new teams, and the removal of one. The Boston Blazers folded after nine seasons in Boston and New England, while the Ontario Raiders and Syracuse Smash began play.

Regular season[edit]

Reference: [1]

P Team GP W L PCT GB Home Road GF GA Diff
1 Philadelphia Wingsxyz 12 9 3 0.750 0.0 3–3 6–0 166 148 +18
2 Baltimore Thunderx 12 8 4 0.667 1.0 4–2 4–2 184 160 +24
3 Rochester Knighthawksx 12 6 6 0.500 3.0 3–3 3–3 168 159 +9
4 Buffalo Banditsx 12 6 6 0.500 3.0 4–2 2–4 166 171 -5
5 Ontario Raiders 12 6 6 0.500 3.0 4–2 2–4 165 157 +8
6 New York Saints 12 5 7 0.417 4.0 3–3 2–4 167 165 +2
7 Syracuse Smash 12 2 10 0.167 7.0 2–4 0–6 163 219 -56

x–Clinched playoff berth; c–Clinched playoff berth by crossing over to another division; y–Clinched division; z–Clinched best regular season record; GP–Games Played; W–Wins; L–Losses
GBGames back; PCT–Win percentage; Home–Record at Home; Road–Record on the Road; GF–Goals scored; GA–Goals allowed; Diff–Difference between goals scored and allowed

All Star Game[edit]

No All-Star Game was played in 1998.

Playoffs[edit]

Semifinals Championship (best-of-3)
           
4 Buffalo 12
1 Philadelphia 17
2 Baltimore 0
1 Philadelphia 2
3 Rochester 14
2 Baltimore 15
  • Game 1: Baltimore 12 @ Philadelphia 16
    Game 2: Philadelphia 17 @ Baltimore 12

Awards[edit]

Award Winner Team
MVP Award Gary Gait Baltimore
Rookie of the Year Award Colin Doyle Ontario
Championship Game MVP (Series) Dallas Eliuk Philadelphia
Championship Game MVP (Game 1) Dallas Eliuk Philadelphia
Championship Game MVP (Game 2) Bill Miller Philadelphia

Weekly Awards[edit]

Each week, a player is awarded "Player of the Week" honours.

Week Player of the Week
1 Gary Gait
2 Andy Piazza
3 Derek Collins
4 Chris Gill
5 Eric Seremet
6 Tom Marechek
7 Gary Gait
8 Darris Kilgour
9 Derek General
10 Russ Heard
11 Colin Doyle
12 Steve Sombrotto
13 Mark Millon
14 John Tavares
15 Bob Watson

Monthly Awards[edit]

Awards are also given out monthly for the best overall player and best rookie. The 1998 season was the first season that the Rookie of the Month award was given out.

Month Overall Rookie
Jan Gary Gait Curt Malawsky
Feb Darris Kilgour Jake Bergey
Mar Mark Millon Colin Doyle

Statistics Leaders[edit]

Bold numbers indicate new single-season records. Italics indicate tied single-season records.

Stat Player Team Number
Goals Gary Gait Baltimore 57
Assists Jim Veltman Ontario 40
Points Gary Gait Baltimore 85
Penalty Minutes Pat Coyle Ontario 48
Shots on Goal Gary Gait Baltimore 156
Loose Balls Jim Veltman Ontario 194
Save Pct Steve Dietrich Rochester 77.9

See also[edit]

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