2018 NLL season

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2018 NLL season
LeagueNational Lacrosse League
SportIndoor lacrosse (box lacrosse)
DurationDecember 8, 2017 – June 9, 2018
Number of games18
Number of teams9
TV partner(s)B/R Live[1]
Regular Season
Top seedSaskatchewan Rush
Season MVPCanada Mark Matthews
Top scorerCanada Mark Matthews
Eastern championsRochester Knighthawks
  Eastern runners-upGeorgia Swarm
Western championsSaskatchewan Rush
  Western runners-upCalgary Roughnecks
ChampionsSaskatchewan Rush
  Runners-upRochester Knighthawks
Finals MVPIroquois Jeff Shattler
NLL seasons

The 2018 National Lacrosse League season, also known as the 2017–18 season, was the 32nd season in NLL history. It began on December 8, 2017,[2] and ending on June 9, 2018, with the Saskatchewan Rush winning their 3rd title in 4 years.

Final standings[edit]

Reference: [3]

East Division

1Georgia Swarmxy18117.6110.06–35–4226215+1112.5611.94
2Rochester Knighthawksx18108.5561.05–45–4236210+2613.1111.67
3New England Black Wolvesx1899.5002.04–55–4194242-4810.7813.44
4Toronto Rock18810.4443.03–65–4237216+2113.1712.00
5Buffalo Bandits18810.4443.04–54–5232240-812.8913.33
West Division

1Saskatchewan Rushxyz18144.7780.06–38–1254196+5814.1110.89
2Colorado Mammothx18117.6113.05–46–3214199+1511.8911.06
3Calgary Roughnecksx18810.4446.05–43–6227211+1612.6111.72
4Vancouver Stealth18216.11112.00–92–7186277-9110.3315.39

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
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


Division semifinals
(Single elimination)
Division finals
(Single elimination)
E1 Georgia 8
E2 Rochester 15 E2 Rochester 9
E3 New England 11 E2 Rochester 1
W1 Saskatchewan 2
W1 Saskatchewan 15
W2 Colorado 12 W3 Calgary 13
W3 Calgary 15



Annual awards[edit]

Award Winner Other Finalists
Most Valuable Player Mark Matthews, Saskatchewan Robert Church, Saskatchewan
Kevin Crowley, New England
Goaltender of the Year Matt Vinc, Rochester[4] Christian Del Bianco, Calgary
Dillon Ward, Colorado
Defensive Player of the Year Graeme Hossack, Rochester[5] Robert Hope, Colorado
Kyle Rubisch, Saskatchewan
Transition Player of the Year Joey Cupido, Colorado[6] Zach Currier, Calgary
Challen Rogers, Toronto
Rookie of the Year Jake Withers, Rochester[7] Zach Currier, Calgary
Austin Shanks, Rochester
Sportsmanship Award Lyle Thompson, Georgia Jordan Gilles, Colorado
John Lafontaine, New England
GM of the Year Curt Styres, Rochester[8] Mike Board, Calgary
Derek Keenan, Saskatchewan
Les Bartley Award Derek Keenan, Saskatchewan[9] Pat Coyle, Colorado
Mike Hasen, Rochester
Executive of the Year Award Matt Hutchings, Colorado[10] Andy Arlotta, Georgia
Al Ryz, Saskatchewan
Teammate of the Year Award Craig England, Buffalo[11] Chris Corbeil, Saskatchewan
Brandon Miller, Toronto
Tom Borrelli Award Stephen Stamp[12] Jake Elliott
Teddy Jenner

All-Pro First Team[edit]

  • Kevin Crowley, New England Black Wolves
  • Mark Matthews, Saskatchewan Rush
  • Robert Church, Saskatchewan Rush
  • Joey Cupido, Colorado Mammoth
  • Graeme Hossack, Rochester Knighthawks
  • Matt Vinc, Rochester Knighthawks

All-Pro Second Team[edit]

  • Curtis Dickson, Calgary Roughnecks
  • Joe Resetarits, Rochester Knighthawks
  • Lyle Thompson, Georgia Swarm
  • Zach Currier, Calgary Roughnecks
  • Kyle Rubisch, Saskatchewan Rush
  • Dillon Ward, Colorado Mammoth

All-Rookie Team[edit]

  • Josh Byrne, Buffalo Bandits
  • Zach Currier, Calgary Roughnecks
  • Eric Fannell, Rochester Knighthawks
  • Austin Shanks, Rochester Knighthawks
  • Colton Watkinson, New England Black Wolves
  • Jake Withers, Rochester Knighthawks

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Buffalo Bandits Georgia Swarm New England Black Wolves Rochester Knighthawks Toronto Rock
KeyBank Center Infinite Energy Arena Mohegan Sun Arena Blue Cross Arena Air Canada Centre
Capacity: 19,070 Capacity: 11,355 Capacity: 7,700 Capacity: 11,200 Capacity: 18,819
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Calgary Roughnecks Colorado Mammoth Saskatchewan Rush Vancouver Stealth
Scotiabank Saddledome Pepsi Center SaskTel Centre Langley Events Centre
Capacity: 19,289 Capacity: 18,007 Capacity: 15,190 Capacity: 5,276
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NLL drew 762,367 spectators to its regular-season matches during the 2018 season. The average regular-season home attendance for each team is shown in the table below.[13]

Team Home average
Saskatchewan 14,639
Buffalo 14,181
Colorado 14,077
Calgary 11,847
Toronto 9,700
Rochester 6,760
New England 5,557
Georgia 4,437
Vancouver 3,507
League average 9,411

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Lacrosse League Partners with Turner Sports' New Streaming Service "Bleacher Report Live" to Stream Live and On-Demand NLL Games | National Lacrosse League". www.nll.com. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  2. ^ "2017-2018 NATIONAL LACROSSE LEAGUE SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED". NLL.com. September 8, 2017. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  3. ^ "NLL Standings". NLL.com. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  4. ^ "Goaltender of the Year Announced". NLL.com. July 25, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  5. ^ "Defensive Player of the Year Announced". NLL.com. July 30, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  6. ^ "Transition Player of the Year Announced". NLL.com. July 24, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  7. ^ "Rookie of the Year Announced". NLL.com. July 27, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  8. ^ "General Manager of the Year Announced". NLL.com. August 3, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  9. ^ ""Les Bartley" Coach of the Year Announced". NLL.com. August 2, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  10. ^ "Executive of the Year Announced". NLL.com. August 1, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  11. ^ "Teammate of the Year Announced". NLL.com. July 26, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  12. ^ "Media Person of the Year Announced". NLL.com. July 31, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  13. ^ "League Attendance". Pointstreak. Retrieved September 8, 2018.