2013 NLL season
The 2013 National Lacrosse League season, the 27th in the history of the NLL, began on January 5, 2013 and ended with the Championship game on May 11, 2013. The 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 2002-2003 Toronto Rock.
|2013 NLL season|
|League||National Lacrosse League|
|Duration||January 4, 2013 – May 11, 2013|
|Number of games||16|
|Number of teams||9|
|Season MVP||Shawn Evans|
|Top scorer||Shawn Evans|
|Eastern champions||Rochester Knighthawks|
|Eastern runners-up||Minnesota Swarm|
|Western champions||Washington Stealth|
|Western runners-up||Calgary Roughnecks|
|Finals MVP||Cody Jamieson|
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.
|1||Toronto Rock – xyz||16||10||6||.625||0.0||5–3||5–3||194||176||+18||12.12||11.00|
|2||Rochester Knighthawks – x||16||8||8||.500||2.0||3–5||5–3||179||165||+14||11.19||10.31|
|3||Philadelphia Wings – x||16||7||9||.438||3.0||4–4||3–5||170||207||-37||10.62||12.94|
|1||Calgary Roughnecks – xy||16||9||7||.562||0.0||3–5||6–2||222||211||+11||13.88||13.19|
|2||Washington Stealth – x||16||9||7||.562||0.0||5–3||4–4||193||192||+1||12.06||12.00|
|3||Edmonton Rush – x||16||9||7||.562||0.0||2–6||7–1||203||170||+33||12.69||10.62|
|4||Colorado Mammoth – x||16||7||9||.438||2.0||3–5||4–4||185||202||-17||11.56||12.62|
|5||Minnesota Swarm – c||16||7||9||.438||2.0||5–3||2–6||219||202||+17||13.69||12.62|
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
|Divisional Semifinal||Divisional Final||Champion's Cup Final|
•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 and eventsEdit
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- December 20, 2012: Kaleb Toth, the longest-serving member of the Calgary Roughnecks, announced his retirement from the NLL.
- January 22, 2013: Buffalo Bandits forward Shawn Williams continued his record-setting consecutive game streak, playing in his 200th consecutive NLL game.
- February 15, 2013: The rare "sock-trick" was accomplished twice on the same night, as Edmonton Rush rookie Mark Matthews and Toronto Rock forward Garrett Billings scored six goals each to lead their teams to victory.
- February 25, 2013: Minnesota Swarm captain Andrew Suitor suffered a knee injury in a game against the Edmonton Rush, ending his 2013 season.
- March 12, 2013: Former league MVP Casey Powell was traded by the Rochester Knighthawks to the Colorado Mammoth in exchange for Jon Sullivan and a 3rd round draft pick in 2014.
- March 14, 2013: Buffalo Bandits GM and retired goaltender Steve Dietrich traded a 6th round draft pick to the Toronto Rock for his own playing rights.
- March 15, 2013: The league announced that the regular season schedule would be expanded to 18 games for the 2014 NLL season. The league had been playing a 16-game schedule since 2002.
|Most Valuable Player||Shawn Evans||Calgary Roughnecks|
|Goaltender of the Year||Matt Vinc||Rochester Knighthawks|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Kyle Rubisch||Edmonton Rush|
|Transition Player of the Year||Jordan MacIntosh||Minnesota Swarm|
|Rookie of the Year||Mark Matthews||Edmonton Rush|
|Sportsmanship Award||Garrett Billings||Toronto Rock|
|GM of the Year||Doug Locker||Washington Stealth|
|Les Bartley Award||Troy Cordingley||Toronto Rock|
|Executive of the Year Award||Jamie Dawick||Toronto Rock|
|Tom Borrelli Award||Stephen Stamp||ILIndoor.com|
- Joey Cupido, Colorado
- Shayne Jackson, Minnesota
- Curtis Knight, Edmonton
- Mark Matthews, Edmonton
- Kiel Matisz, Minnesota
- Joe Resetarits, Calgary
- Dhane Smith, Buffalo
- 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
The NLL gives out awards weekly for the best offensive player, best transition player, best defensive player, and best rookie.
|January||1||Cliff Smith||Matt Vinc||Mitch McMichael||Kyle Buchanan|
|2||Cliff Smith||Nick Rose||Brodie Merrill||Curtis Knight|
|3||John Grant, Jr.||Brandon Miller||Brodie Merrill||Mark Matthews|
|4||Shawn Evans||Mike Poulin||Geoff Snider||Kiel Matisz|
|February||5||John Grant, Jr.||Matt Vinc||Geoff Snider||Shayne Jackson|
|6||Cody Jamieson||Tyler Richards||Tyler Hass||Mitch McMichael|
|7||Mark Matthews||Anthony Cosmo||Jeremy Thompson||Kiel Matisz|
|8||Rhys Duch||Brandon Miller||Jordan MacIntosh||Kiel Matisz|
|March||9||Ryan Ward||Kyle Rubisch||Jay Thorimbert||Mark Matthews|
|10||Dane Dobbie||Tyler Richards||Jesse Gamble||Tye Belanger|
|11||Callum Crawford||Tyler Carlson||Jordan MacIntosh||Kyle Belton|
|12||Corey Small||Aaron Bold||Alex Kedoh Hill||Curtis Knight|
|13||Callum Crawford||Matt Vinc||Jordan MacIntosh||Kiel Matisz|
|April||14||Callum Crawford||Tye Belanger||Jordan MacIntosh||Shayne Jackson|
|15||Dan Dawson||Brandon Miller||Jordan MacIntosh||Jordan Critch|
|16||Shawn Evans||Mike Grimes||Jordan MacIntosh||Dhane Smith|
Awards are also given out monthly for the best overall player and best rookie.
|January||Shawn Evans||Mark Matthews|
|February||Garrett Billings||Mark Matthews|
|March||Colin Doyle||Mark Matthews|
|April||Callum Crawford||Kiel Matisz|
Bold numbers indicate new single-season records. Italics indicate tied single-season records.
|Penalty Minutes||Geoff Snider||Calgary||69|
|Shots on Goal||Kevin Crowley||Philadelphia||189|
|Loose Balls||Geoff Snider||Calgary||235|
|Save Pct||Matt Vinc||Rochester||.802|
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- "Back-to-back champs! Knighthawks repeat with win over Stealth". NLL.com. May 11, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2013.
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- "Rochester's Vinc wins Goaltender of the Year Award". NLL.com. May 2, 2013. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. 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. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. 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. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
- "Troy Cordingley Wins NLL Coach of the Year". TorontoRock.com. April 30, 2013. Archived from the original on June 11, 2013. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
- "Rock's Dawick wins 2013 NLL Executive of the Year award". NLL.com. May 28, 2013. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
- "Stamp wins Tom Borrelli Award as 2013 NLL Media Person of the Year". NLL.com. May 29, 2013. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved May 29, 2013.