2013 NLL season
LeagueNational Lacrosse League
SportIndoor lacrosse
DurationJanuary 4, 2013 – May 11, 2013
Number of games16
Number of teams9
Regular Season
Season MVPShawn Evans
Top scorerShawn Evans
Eastern championsRochester Knighthawks
  Eastern runners-upMinnesota Swarm
Western championsWashington Stealth
  Western runners-upCalgary Roughnecks
ChampionsRochester Knighthawks
  Runners-upWashington Stealth
Finals MVPCody Jamieson
NLL seasons

The 2013 National Lacrosse League season, the 27th in the history of the NLL, began on January 5, 2013[1] 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.[2] The Knighthawks became the first team to repeat as NLL Champions since the 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.[3] In the end, the Bandits were the lone team out of the playoffs, missed the post-season for the first time since 2002.[4]

Final standings

Reference: [5]

East Division

1Toronto Rockxyz16106.6250.05–35–3194176+1812.1211.00
2Rochester Knighthawksx1688.5002.03–55–3179165+1411.1910.31
3Philadelphia Wingsx1679.4383.04–43–5170207-3710.6212.94
4Buffalo Bandits16610.3754.02–64–4171211-4010.6913.19
West Division

1Calgary Roughnecksxy1697.5620.03–56–2222211+1113.8813.19
2Washington Stealthx1697.5620.05–34–4193192+112.0612.00
3Edmonton Rushx1697.5620.02–67–1203170+3312.6910.62
4Colorado Mammothx1679.4382.03–54–4185202-1711.5612.62
5Minnesota Swarmc1679.4382.05–32–6219202+1713.6912.62

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; 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


Divisional Semifinal Divisional Final Champion's Cup Final
E1 Toronto Rock 11
W5 Minnesota Swarm 20
W5 Minnesota Swarm 10
Eastern Division
E2 Rochester Knighthawks 12
E2 Rochester Knighthawks 10
E3 Philadelphia Wings 8
W2 Washington Stealth 10
E2 Rochester Knighthawks 11
W1 Calgary Roughnecks 15
W4 Colorado Mammoth 10
W1 Calgary Roughnecks 13
Western Division
W2 Washington Stealth 14
W2 Washington Stealth 12
W3 Edmonton Rush 11

•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:[6]

"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 events


Regular season



Award Winner Team
Most Valuable Player Shawn Evans[21] Calgary Roughnecks
Goaltender of the Year Matt Vinc[22] Rochester Knighthawks
Defensive Player of the Year Kyle Rubisch[23] Edmonton Rush
Transition Player of the Year Jordan MacIntosh[24] Minnesota Swarm
Rookie of the Year Mark Matthews[25] Edmonton Rush
Sportsmanship Award Garrett Billings[26] Toronto Rock
GM of the Year Doug Locker[27] Washington Stealth
Les Bartley Award Troy Cordingley[28] Toronto Rock
Executive of the Year Award Jamie Dawick[29] Toronto Rock
Tom Borrelli Award Stephen Stamp[30] ILIndoor.com

All-Rookie team

All-Pro teams

First team

Second team

Weekly awards

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

Month Week Offensive Defensive Transition 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

Monthly awards

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

Month Overall Rookie
January Shawn Evans Mark Matthews
February Garrett Billings Mark Matthews
March Colin Doyle Mark Matthews
April Callum Crawford Kiel Matisz

Statistics leaders

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

Stat Player Team Total
Goals Rhys Duch Washington 45
Assists Shawn Evans Calgary 80
Points Shawn Evans Calgary 112
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
GAA Matt Vinc Rochester 10.25

See also


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  2. ^ a b "Back-to-back champs! Knighthawks repeat with win over Stealth". NLL.com. May 11, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2013.
  3. ^ Stamp, Stephen (April 21, 2013). "NLL Playoffs: Knighthawks and Mammoth are in, Bandits are out, Swarm head east". ILIndoor.com. Archived from the original on April 26, 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  4. ^ Rosenhoch, Alan (April 20, 2013). "Knighthawks fly into playoffs with 10-9 win, Bandits eliminated". NLL.com. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "National Lacrosse League - 2013 Regular Season - Standings". NLL.com. Retrieved April 21, 2013.
  6. ^ "2013 NLL Media Guide and Record Book, p. 3, 2013 Divisions and Playoff Scenarios" (PDF).
  7. ^ "NLL entry draft to be held October 1 in Toronto". TorontoRock.com. August 13, 2012. Archived from the original on February 8, 2013. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
  8. ^ Walls, Dave (October 2, 2012). "Steve Dietrich inducted into NLL Hall of Fame". NLL.com. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  9. ^ "Roughnecks over Mammoth in preseason game, 20-11". NLL.com. December 9, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  10. ^ "Rock win Montreal preseason game over Knighthawks, 14-10". NLL.com. December 15, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  11. ^ "Wings acquire Paul Rabil, trade both Dawsons to Knighthawks". NLL.com. December 14, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  12. ^ "Roughnecks announce retirement of Kaleb Toth". NLL.com. December 20, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  13. ^ "Never stop Willy: NLL's ironman set to hit 200 this weekend". NLL.com. January 22, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  14. ^ "'Sock trick' for Matthews as Rush defeat Stealth, 15-10". NLL.com. February 15, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  15. ^ "Billings collects six goals as Rock roll over Roughnecks, 17-12". NLL.com. February 15, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  16. ^ Frederick, Jace (February 25, 2013). "Swarm lose Suitor for remainder of season". NLL.com. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  17. ^ "Mammoth acquire Powell via trade with Knighthawks". NLL.com. March 12, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  18. ^ Chavez, Bob (March 14, 2013). "Buffalo GM Dietrich trades 2015 draft pick to Toronto for playing rights to ... himself". IL Indoor. Archived from the original on June 23, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  19. ^ "NLL regular season schedule expands to 18 games in 2014". NLL.com. March 15, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  20. ^ "2013 NLL Championship Game set". NLL.com. May 4, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  21. ^ "Calgary's Evans wins 2013 NLL MVP award presented by Reebok". NLL.com. May 9, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
  22. ^ "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.
  23. ^ "Rush's Rubisch wins Defensive Player of the Year Award". NLL.com. May 1, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  24. ^ "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.
  25. ^ "Rush's Matthews wins Moe's Southwest Grill Rookie of the Year". NLL.com. May 8, 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  26. ^ "Rock's Billings wins 2013 NLL Sportsmanship Award". NLL.com. April 29, 2013. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
  27. ^ "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.
  28. ^ "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.
  29. ^ "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.
  30. ^ "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.