2011 NLL season

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2011 NLL season
League National Lacrosse League
Sport Indoor lacrosse
Duration January 2011 – May 2011
Number of teams 10
Season MVP Jeff Shattler
Top scorer Ryan Benesch
Eastern champions Toronto Rock
  Eastern runners-up Buffalo Bandits
Western champions Washington Stealth
  Western runners-up Calgary Roughnecks
Finals champions Toronto Rock
  Runners-up Washington Stealth
MVP Bob Watson
NLL seasons

The 2011 National Lacrosse League season, the 25th in the history of the NLL, began January 8, 2011, and ended with the Championship game, won by the Toronto Rock 8-7.

Team movement[edit]

The Orlando Titans announced in July 2010 that they would not participate in the 2011 season, due to financial troubles.[1] Some players were granted free agency while others were involved in a dispersal draft.

Final standings[edit]

Reference: [2]

East Division
P Team GP W L PCT GB Home Road GF GA Diff
1 Buffalo Banditsxy 16 10 6 0.625 0.0 4–4 6–2 169 159 +10
2 Toronto Rockx 16 10 6 0.625 0.0 7–1 3–5 187 168 +19
3 Rochester Knighthawksx 16 10 6 0.625 0.0 4–4 6–2 176 159 +17
4 Boston Blazersx 16 8 8 0.500 2.0 4–4 4–4 166 155 +11
5 Philadelphia Wings 16 5 11 0.313 5.0 2–6 3–5 143 179 -36
West Division
P Team GP W L PCT GB Home Road GF GA Diff
1 Calgary Roughnecksxyz 16 11 5 0.688 0.0 6–2 5–3 198 181 +17
2 Minnesota Swarmx 16 8 8 0.500 3.0 5–3 3–5 187 180 +7
3 Washington Stealthx 16 8 8 0.500 3.0 3–5 5–3 203 198 +5
4 Colorado Mammothx 16 5 11 0.313 6.0 3–5 2–6 151 172 -21
5 Edmonton Rush 16 5 11 0.313 6.0 4–4 1–7 175 204 -29

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

Playoffs[edit]

Divisional Semifinal Divisional Final Champion's Cup Final
                 
E1 Buffalo Bandits 11
E4 Boston Blazers 10
E1 Buffalo Bandits 11
Eastern Division
E2 Toronto Rock 12
E2 Toronto Rock 10
E3 Rochester Knighthawks 8
E2 Toronto Rock 8
W3 Washington Stealth 7
W1 Calgary Roughnecks 10
W4 Colorado Mammoth 6
W1 Calgary Roughnecks 8
Western Division
W3 Washington Stealth 10
W2 Minnesota Swarm 8
W3 Washington Stealth 14

Milestones and events[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

  • July 30, 2010: The league announced that the Orlando Titans would not be participating in the 2011 season.[3]

Regular season[edit]

  • John Tavares scores the first goal of the game against the Philadelphia Wings at the Wells Fargo Center in a 16–7 win, marking the first player in league history to reach 700 goals scored.
  • The following week at home against the same team, Tavares would become the first person to tally 1,500 career points.

Awards[edit]

Annual[edit]

Award Winner Team
Most Valuable Player Jeff Shattler [4] Calgary Roughnecks
Goaltender of the Year Matt Vinc [5] Rochester Knighthawks
Defensive Player of the Year Pat McCready [5] Rochester Knighthawks
Transition Player of the Year Jeff Shattler[5] Calgary Roughnecks
Rookie of the Year Curtis Dickson [6] Calgary Roughnecks
Sportsmanship Award Jordan Hall [7] Rochester Knighthawks
GM of the Year Curt Styres [8] Rochester Knighthawks
Les Bartley Award Mike Hasen [8] Rochester Knighthawks
Executive of the Year Award Curt Styres [9] Rochester Knighthawks
Tom Borrelli Award Budd Bailey [7]  

All-Pro teams[edit]

First Team

Second Team

All-Rookie team[edit]

Weekly awards[edit]

The NLL gives out awards weekly for the best overall player, best offensive player, best transition player, best defensive player, and best rookie.

Month Week Overall Offensive Defensive Transition Rookie
January 1 Bob Watson Scott Ranger Mike Poulin Paul Rabil Aaron Pascas
2 Ryan Benesch Ryan Benesch Nick Patterson Mark Steenhuis Cody Jamieson
3 Stephan Leblanc Luke Wiles Nick Patterson Brodie Merrill Cody Jamieson
4 Brandon Miller Dane Dobbie Bob Watson Jeff Shattler Curtis Dickson
February 5 Shawn Evans Dan Dawson Tyler Richards Jordan Hall Cody Jamieson
6 John Tavares John Tavares Anthony Cosmo Paul Rabil Aaron Pascas
7 Bob Watson Garrett Billings Jeff Moleski Ryan Hotaling Curtis Dickson
8 Colin Doyle Colin Doyle Sandy Chapman Jordan Hall Cody Jamieson
March 9 Mike Thompson Lewis Ratcliff Mike Grimes Jordan Hall Rob Hellyer
10 Jeff Shattler John Tavares Chris Corbeil Jeff Shattler Curtis Dickson
11 Dane Dobbie Dane Dobbie Nolan Heavenor Jeff Shattler Curtis Dickson
12 Zack Greer Zack Greer Scott Campbell Jeff Shattler Curtis Dickson
April 13 John Grant Shawn Williams Matt Roik Jordan Hall Andrew Suitor
14 Rhys Duch Dan Dawson Mike Thompson Tom Montour Cody Jamieson
15 Kevin Buchanan Kevin Buchanan Chris Levis Brodie Merrill Kyle Rubisch
16 Ryan Benesch Ryan Benesch Nick Patterson Jordan Hall Cody Jamieson

Monthly awards[edit]

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

Month Overall Rookie
January Bob Watson Curtis Dickson
February Garrett Billings Kyle Rubisch
March Jeff Shattler Curtis Dickson
April Ryan Benesch Cody Jamieson

Statistics Leaders[edit]

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

Stat Player Team Total
Goals Ryan Benesch Minnesota 46
Assists Dan Dawson Boston 59
Points Ryan Benesch Minnesota 95
Penalty Minutes Geoff Snider Calgary 74
Shots on Goal John Grant, Jr. Colorado 203
Loose Balls Brodie Merrill Edmonton 187
Save Pct Matt Vinc Rochester .794
GAA Anthony Cosmo Boston 9.81

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tutka, Paul (July 28, 2010). "Source: Orlando Titans out, handful of players seeking unrestricted free agency". NLL Insider. Archived from the original on July 30, 2010. Retrieved July 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ "National Lacrosse League - 2011 Regular Season - Standings". NLL.com. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Titans Look To Change Ownership Structure". NLL.com. July 30, 2010. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Shattler Wins Most Valuable Player Award". NLL.com. May 12, 2011. Retrieved May 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "Shattler, McCready, & Vinc Honored". NLL.com. May 9, 2011. Retrieved May 9, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Calgary's Dickson Wins Rookie of the Year". NLL.com. May 10, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Hall, Bailey Win First Two Awards of 2011". NLL.com. May 3, 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Rochester Sweeps GM & Head Coach Awards". NLL.com. May 5, 2011. Retrieved May 5, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Curt Styres Named Executive of the Year". NLL.com. May 4, 2011. Retrieved May 4, 2011.