2013 , the 27th in the history of the NLL, began on January 5, 2013 National Lacrosse League season and ended with the Championship game on May 11, 2013. The [1 ] Rochester Knighthawks overcame a mediocre 8-8 season to get hot in the playoffs for the second straight year, defeating the Philadelphia Wings, Minnesota Swarm, and Washington Stealth to win their second straight Championship. The Knighthawks became the first team to repeat as NLL Champions since the [2 ] 2002- 2003 Toronto Rock. [2 ]
2013 featured a very close regular season, as the top and bottom teams were only separated by 4 games (the 10-6
Toronto Rock vs. 6-10 Buffalo Bandits). The final playoff spot was up for grabs right up until the final weekend of the season. In the end, the Bandits were the lone team out of the playoffs, missed the post-season for the first time since 2002. [3 ] [4 ]
Final standings [ edit ]
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
GB– Games 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 ]
•Final played at Langley Events Centre due to arena conflict in Washington.
NOTE: In 2013, the NLL added a crossover rule to the playoff format:
"Eight teams shall earn playoff berths. There is also a crossover allowed which will allow the 5th place team in the West Division to take the place of the 4th place team in the East Division if the 5th place team has a better record. Each division champion faces the fourth place finisher from their division (or the crossover team should that team qualify for the playoffs). The second place finisher in each division faces the third place finisher from their division in the Division Semifinals. Each game is hosted by the higher-seeded team."
With a record of 7-9, the Minnesota Swarm was the 5th place West Division team. With a record of 6-10, the Buffalo Bandits were the 4th place East Division team. Since Minnesota had a better record than Buffalo, the crossover rule went into effect with Minnesota replacing Buffalo and playing as the 4th place team in the East Division playoffs.
Milestones & events [ edit ]
Pre-season [ edit ]
August 13, 2012: The league announced that the 2012
entry draft would be held in Toronto on October 1. There would also be a player combine the day before the draft at the new Toronto Rock practice facility in Oakville, Ontario. [7 ] October 2, 2012: Former NLL goaltender and current
Buffalo Bandits GM Steve Dietrich was inducted into the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Toronto. [8 ] December 8, 2012: The
Calgary Roughnecks defeated the Colorado Mammoth 20-11 in a pre-season game at the Langley Events Centre in Langley, British Columbia. This was the second pre-season game at the LEC, as the Toronto Rock and Washington Stealth played there in 2012. [9 ] December 14, 2012: The National Lacrosse League returned to
Montreal as the Toronto Rock defeated the Rochester Knighthawks 14-10 at the Bell Centre in front of 7,269 fans. [10 ] December 14, 2012: In a blockbuster trade, NLL superstar
Dan Dawson was traded to the Rochester Knighthawks along with his brother Paul Dawson and a first-round draft pick in 2016 for Paul Rabil, Jordan Hall, Joel White, Robbie Campbell, and a second round draft pick in 2014. [11 ] December 20, 2012:
Kaleb Toth, the longest-serving member of the Calgary Roughnecks, announced his retirement from the NLL. [12 ]
Regular season [ edit ]
Playoffs [ edit ]
All-Rookie team [ edit ]
Joey Cupido, Colorado
Shayne Jackson, Minnesota
Curtis Knight, Edmonton
Mark Matthews, Edmonton
Kiel Matisz, Minnesota
Joe Resetarits, Calgary
Dhane Smith, Buffalo
All-Pro teams [ edit ]
Garrett Billings, Toronto
Rhys Duch, Washington
Shawn Evans, Calgary
Jordan MacIntosh, Minnesota
Kyle Rubisch, Edmonton
Matt Vinc, Rochester
Callum Crawford, Minnesota
Curtis Dickson, Calgary
John Grant, Jr., Colorado
Jesse Gamble, Toronto
Mike Grimes, Washington
Brandon Miller, Philadelphia
Weekly awards [ edit ]
The NLL gives out
awards weekly for the best offensive player, best transition player, best defensive player, and best rookie.
Matt Vinc Mitch McMichael
Brodie Merrill Curtis Knight
John Grant, Jr.
Brandon Miller Brodie Merrill
Shawn Evans Mike Poulin
Geoff Snider Kiel Matisz
John Grant, Jr.
Matt Vinc Geoff Snider
Cody Jamieson Tyler Richards
Anthony Cosmo Jeremy Thompson
Rhys Duch Brandon Miller
Ryan Ward Kyle Rubisch
Alex Kedoh Hill
Dan Dawson Brandon Miller
Monthly awards [ edit ]
Awards are also given out monthly for the best overall player and best rookie.
Shawn Evans Mark Matthews
Statistics Leaders [ edit ]
Bold numbers indicate new single-season records. Italics indicate tied single-season records.
Rhys Duch Washington
Shawn Evans Calgary
Points Shawn Evans
Geoff Snider Calgary
Shots on Goal
Kevin Crowley Philadelphia
Loose Balls Geoff Snider
Matt Vinc Rochester
GAA Matt Vinc
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ "2013 Regular Season Schedule". NLL.com . Retrieved September 21, 2012.
^ a b "Back-to-back champs! Knighthawks repeat with win over Stealth". NLL.com. May 11, 2013 . Retrieved May 12, 2013.
^ Stamp, Stephen (April 21, 2013). "NLL Playoffs: Knighthawks and Mammoth are in, Bandits are out, Swarm head east". ILIndoor.com . Retrieved May 8, 2013.
^ Rosenhoch, Alan (April 20, 2013). "Knighthawks fly into playoffs with 10-9 win, Bandits eliminated". NLL.com . Retrieved May 8, 2013.
^ "National Lacrosse League - 2013 Regular Season - Standings". NLL.com . Retrieved April 21, 2013.
^ "2013 NLL Media Guide and Record Book, p. 3, 2013 Divisions and Playoff Scenarios".
^ "NLL entry draft to be held October 1 in Toronto". TorontoRock.com. August 13, 2012 . Retrieved September 30, 2012.
^ Walls, Dave (October 2, 2012). "Steve Dietrich inducted into NLL Hall of Fame". NLL.com . Retrieved October 6, 2012.
^ "Roughnecks over Mammoth in preseason game, 20-11". NLL.com. December 9, 2012 . Retrieved May 17, 2013.
^ "Rock win Montreal preseason game over Knighthawks, 14-10". NLL.com. December 15, 2012 . Retrieved May 17, 2013.
^ "Wings acquire Paul Rabil, trade both Dawsons to Knighthawks". NLL.com. December 14, 2012 . Retrieved May 17, 2013.
^ "Roughnecks announce retirement of Kaleb Toth". NLL.com. December 20, 2012 . Retrieved May 17, 2013.
^ "Never stop Willy: NLL's ironman set to hit 200 this weekend". NLL.com. January 22, 2013 . Retrieved May 17, 2013.
^ ". 'Sock trick' for Matthews as Rush defeat Stealth, 15-10" NLL.com. February 15, 2013 . Retrieved May 17, 2013.
^ "Billings collects six goals as Rock roll over Roughnecks, 17-12". NLL.com. February 15, 2013 . Retrieved May 17, 2013.
^ Frederick, Jace (February 25, 2013). "Swarm lose Suitor for remainder of season". NLL.com . Retrieved May 17, 2013.
^ "Mammoth acquire Powell via trade with Knighthawks". NLL.com. March 12, 2013 . Retrieved May 17, 2013.
^ Chavez, Bob (March 14, 2013). "Buffalo GM Dietrich trades 2015 draft pick to Toronto for playing rights to ... himself". IL Indoor . Retrieved May 17, 2013.
^ "NLL regular season schedule expands to 18 games in 2014". NLL.com. March 15, 2013 . Retrieved May 17, 2013.
^ "2013 NLL Championship Game set". NLL.com. May 4, 2013 . Retrieved May 17, 2013.
^ "Calgary's Evans wins 2013 NLL MVP award presented by Reebok". NLL.com. May 9, 2013 . Retrieved May 15, 2013.
^ "Rochester's Vinc wins Goaltender of the Year Award". NLL.com. May 2, 2013 . Retrieved May 2, 2013.
^ "Rush's Rubisch wins Defensive Player of the Year Award". NLL.com. May 1, 2013 . Retrieved May 1, 2013.
^ "Swarm's MacIntosh wins Transition Player of the Year Award". NLL.com. May 1, 2013 . Retrieved May 1, 2013.
^ "Rush's Matthews wins Moe's Southwest Grill Rookie of the Year". NLL.com. May 8, 2013 . Retrieved May 8, 2013.
^ "Rock's Billings wins 2013 NLL Sportsmanship Award". NLL.com. April 29, 2013 . Retrieved April 29, 2013.
^ "Stealth's Locker Wins General Manager of the Year Award". NLL.com. April 30, 2013 . Retrieved April 30, 2013.
^ "Troy Cordingley Wins NLL Coach of the Year". TorontoRock.com. April 30, 2013 . Retrieved April 30, 2013.
^ "Rock's Dawick wins 2013 NLL Executive of the Year award". NLL.com. May 28, 2013 . Retrieved May 28, 2013.
^ "Stamp wins Tom Borrelli Award as 2013 NLL Media Person of the Year". NLL.com. May 29, 2013 . Retrieved May 29, 2013.