1998 NLL season
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 and the 12th season overall, 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.
|1998 NLL season|
|League||National Lacrosse League|
|Duration||January 3, 1998 - April 28, 1998|
|Number of games||12|
|Number of teams||7|
|League champions||Philadelphia Wings|
|Season MVP||Gary Gait (Baltimore Thunder)|
|Top scorer||Gary Gait (Baltimore Thunder)|
|Finals MVP||Dallas Eliuk (Philadelphia)|
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.
|1||Philadelphia Wings – xyz||12||9||3||.750||0.0||3–3||6–0||166||148||+18||13.83||12.33|
|2||Baltimore Thunder – x||12||8||4||.667||1.0||4–2||4–2||184||160||+24||15.33||13.33|
|3||Rochester Knighthawks – x||12||6||6||.500||3.0||3–3||3–3||168||159||+9||14.00||13.25|
|4||Buffalo Bandits – x||12||6||6||.500||3.0||4–2||2–4||166||171||-5||13.83||14.25|
|6||New York Saints||12||5||7||.417||4.0||3–3||2–4||167||165||+2||13.92||13.75|
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
Differential: Difference between goals scored and allowed; GF/GP: Average number of goals scored per game; GA/GP: Average number of goals allowed per game
All Star GameEdit
No All-Star Game was played in 1998.
- Game 1: Baltimore 12 @ Philadelphia 16
Game 2: Philadelphia 17 @ Baltimore 12
|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|
Each week, a player is awarded "Player of the Week" honours.
|Week||Player of the Week|
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.
|Jan||Gary Gait||Curt Malawsky|
|Feb||Darris Kilgour||Jake Bergey|
|Mar||Mark Millon||Colin Doyle|
Bold numbers indicate new single-season records. Italics indicate tied single-season records.
|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|
- "National Lacrosse League - 1998 Regular Season - Standings". NLL.com. Retrieved May 3, 2012.