2000 NLL season

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2000 NLL season
League National Lacrosse League
Sport Indoor lacrosse
Duration January 7, 2000 – May 6, 2000
Number of teams 8
Regular season
League champions Toronto Rock
Runners-up Buffalo Bandits
Season MVP John Tavares (Buffalo Bandits)
Top scorer John Tavares (Buffalo Bandits)
Gary Gait (Pittsburgh CrosseFire)
Champion's Cup
Champions Toronto Rock
  Runners-up Rochester Knighthawks
Champion's Cup MVP Dan Stroup (Toronto)
NLL seasons

The 2000 National Lacrosse League season began on January 7, 2000 and concluded with the championship game on May 6, 2000. The Toronto Rock defeated the Rochester Knighthawks 14-13, in what has been described as the "greatest indoor lacrosse game ever played"[citation needed]. Kaleb Toth scored the winning goal with less than two seconds left in regulation to give the Rock their second straight championship.

Team movement[edit]

One expansion team was added to the NLL for the 2000 season, the Albany Attack. In addition, the Baltimore Thunder left Baltimore and became the Pittsburgh CrosseFire, though the franchise would only last a single season in Pittsburgh before moving to Washington.

Regular season[edit]

Reference: [1]

P Team GP W L PCT GB Home Road GF GA Diff
1 Toronto Rockxyz 12 9 3 0.750 0.0 5–1 4–2 162 130 +32
2 Buffalo Banditsx 12 8 4 0.667 1.0 5–1 3–3 202 194 +8
3 Rochester Knighthawksx 12 8 4 0.667 1.0 5–1 3–3 187 149 +38
4 Philadelphia Wingsx 12 7 5 0.583 2.0 4–2 3–3 172 165 +7
5 Albany Attack 12 6 6 0.500 3.0 4–2 2–4 169 160 +9
6 Pittsburgh CrosseFire 12 6 6 0.500 3.0 4–2 2–4 184 164 +20
7 New York Saints 12 3 9 0.250 6.0 2–4 1–5 152 194 -42
8 Syracuse Smash 12 1 11 0.083 8.0 1–5 0–6 135 207 -72

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 held in 2000.

Playoffs[edit]

Semifinals Championship
           
3 Rochester 15
2 Buffalo 11
3 Rochester 13
1 Toronto 14
4 Philadelphia 10
1 Toronto 14

Awards[edit]

Award Winner Team
MVP Award John Tavares Buffalo
Rookie of the Year Award John Grant Jr. Rochester
Championship Game MVP Dan Stroup Toronto

Weekly awards[edit]

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

Week Player of the Week
1 Kim Squire
2 Josh Sanderson
3 Kip Fulks
4 Tom Marechek
5 Pat O'Toole
6 Roy Colsey
7 Matt Disher
8 Paul Gait
9 Kaleb Toth
10 Rob Blasdell
11 John Grant Jr.
12 Colin Doyle
13 John Grant, Jr.
14 Mark Millon
15 Matt Disher

Monthly awards[edit]

Awards are also given out monthly for the best overall player and best rookie.

Month Overall Rookie
Jan Ted Dowling John Grant, Jr.
Feb John Tavares Devin Dalep
Mar Rob Blasdell John Grant, Jr.

Statistics leaders[edit]

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

Stat Player Team Number
Goals Ted Dowling Albany 41
  Tom Marechek Philadelphia 41
Assists John Tavares Buffalo 49
Points Gary Gait Baltimore 83
  John Tavares Buffalo 83
Loose balls Jim Veltman Toronto 167
Save pct Bob Watson Toronto 77.2

See also[edit]

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