2014 NLL season
LeagueNational Lacrosse League
SportIndoor lacrosse
DurationDecember 28, 2013 – May 31, 2014
Number of games18
Number of teams9
Regular Season
Season MVPCody Jamieson
Top scorerCody Jamieson
Playoffs
Eastern championsRochester Knighthawks
  Eastern runners-upBuffalo Bandits
Western championsCalgary Roughnecks
  Western runners-upEdmonton Rush
Finals
ChampionsRochester Knighthawks
  Runners-upCalgary Roughnecks
Finals MVPDan Dawson (Rochester)
NLL seasons

The 2014 National Lacrosse League season, the 28th in the history of the NLL, began on December 28, 2013[1] and ended on May 31, 2014, the date of Game 2 and 3 of the championship series. After finishing the regular season atop the East Division, the Rochester Knighthawks continued winning in the playoffs and took their third consecutive Champion's Cup, the first time a team has won the league title three straight years.

Milestones and events

Pre-season

Regular season

Playoffs

Final standings

Reference: [32]

East Division
PTeamGPWLPCTGBHomeRoadGFGADiffGF/GPGA/GP

1Rochester Knighthawksxy18144.7780.08–16–3210167+4311.679.28
2Toronto Rockx1899.5005.06–33–6219213+612.1711.83
3Buffalo Banditsx18810.4446.06–32–7190200-1010.5611.11
4Philadelphia Wings18612.3338.02–74–5202218-1611.2212.11
5Minnesota Swarm18414.22210.02–72–7180219-3910.0012.17
West Division
PTeamGPWLPCTGBHomeRoadGFGADiffGF/GPGA/GP

1Edmonton Rushxyz18162.8890.08–18–1220157+6312.228.72
2Calgary Roughnecksx18126.6674.06–36–3237215+2213.1711.94
3Colorado Mammothx18810.4448.04–54–5201228-2711.1712.67
4Vancouver Stealth18414.22212.03–61–8181223-4210.0612.39

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

Playoffs

Division semifinals Division finals Finals
E1 Rochester 2
E2 Toronto 13 E3 Buffalo 1
E3 Buffalo 15 2 Rochester 2
3 Calgary 1
W1 Edmonton 1
W2 Calgary 16* W2 Calgary 2
W3 Colorado 15

* = overtime

Division Finals and Champion's Cup Final individual game results

East Division Finals

Saturday May 10 - Game 1 at First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York: Buffalo Bandits 12, Rochester Knighthawks 8[33]
Saturday May 17 - Game 2 at Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, New York: Rochester Knighthawks 13, Buffalo Bandits 8[34]
Saturday May 17 - Game 3 at Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, New York: Rochester Knighthawks 2, Buffalo Bandits 1, overtime[35]
Rochester wins series, 2-1.

West Division Finals

Saturday May 10 - Game 1 at Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta: Calgary Roughnecks 12, Edmonton Rush 11, overtime[36]
Friday May 16 - Game 2 at Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta: Edmonton Rush 15, Calgary Roughnecks 13[37]
Friday May 16 - Game 3 at Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta: Calgary Roughnecks 2, Edmonton Rush 1[38]
Calgary wins series, 2-1.

Champion's Cup

Saturday May 24 - Game 1 at Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta: Calgary Roughnecks 10, Rochester Knighthawks 7[39]
Saturday May 31 - Game 2 at Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, New York: Rochester Knighthawks 16, Calgary Roughnecks 10[40]
Saturday May 31 - Game 3 at Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, New York: Rochester Knighthawks 3, Calgary Roughnecks 2[41]
Rochester wins series, 2-1.

Regular-season results table

Abbreviation and Color Key:
Buffalo Bandits - BUF • Calgary Roughnecks - CAL • Colorado Mammoth - COL • Edmonton Rush - EDM • Philadelphia Wings - PHI
Minnesota Swarm - MIN • Rochester Knighthawks - ROC • Toronto Rock - TOR • Vancouver Stealth - VAN
Win  • Loss  • Home
Club Match
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Buffalo Bandits PHI TOR PHI COL ROC TOR ROC PHI MIN COL EDM MIN VAN COL MIN TOR ROC ROC
13-17 12-10 12-11 (OT) 16-9 11-10 12-10 6-9 13-7 12-9 12-9 5-14 9-10 8-12 13-16 9-10 9-13 4-8 14-16
Calgary Roughnecks TOR COL EDM VAN COL MIN VAN ROC TOR COL EDM VAN MIN PHI BUF EDM EDM VAN
11-16 13-11 8-15 15-12 13-14 (OT) 15-13 20-9 11-10 19-13 9-10 (OT) 7-15 13-8 15-11 13-9 16-13 11-15 14-13 (OT) 14-8
Colorado Mammoth EDM VAN CAL EDM VAN BUF CAL MIN VAN VAN ROC CAL BUF PHI EDM EDM MIN PHI
10-13 13-12 11-13 6-17 13-14 9-16 14-13 (OT) 14-12 10-9 9-19 9-11 10-9 (OT) 9-12 12-14 11-12 10-8 18-12 13-12
Edmonton Rush COL COL CAL VAN ROC PHI MIN TOR VAN CAL BUF ROC TOR COL COL CAL CAL VAN
13-10 17-6 15-8 9-8 8-7 (OT) 8-6 14-9 11-10 10-9 15-7 14-5 15-11 13-10 12-11 8-10 15-11 13-14 (OT) 10-5
Minnesota Swarm ROC VAN PHI PHI COL CAL EDM TOR PHI BUF TOR BUF CAL ROC ROC BUF COL TOR
6-8 5-8 11-10 8-15 12-14 13-15 9-14 12-14 15-14 9-12 8-9 (OT) 10-9 11-15 14-15 9-12 10-9 12-18 6-8
Philadelphia Wings BUF ROC BUF MIN MIN VAN TOR EDM BUF MIN ROC ROC TOR COL CAL TOR VAN COL
17-13 9-13 11-12 (OT) 10-11 15-8 15-9 10-20 6-8 7-13 14-15 8-13 7-11 14-13 14-12 9-13 9-10 15-11 12-13
Rochester Knighthawks MIN PHI TOR BUF EDM BUF TOR CAL COL PHI TOR PHI EDM MIN MIN VAN BUF BUF
8-6 13-9 12-8 10-11 7-8 (OT) 9-6 17-9 10-11 11-9 13-8 17-12 11-7 11-15 15-14 12-9 10-7 8-4 16-14
Toronto Rock CAL BUF ROC VAN BUF PHI ROC MIN EDM CAL ROC MIN PHI EDM VAN PHI BUF MIN
16-11 10-12 8-12 17-12 10-12 20-10 9-17 14-12 10-11 13-19 12-17 9-8 (OT) 13-14 10-13 17-9 10-9 13-9 8-6
Vancouver Stealth COL MIN COL CAL EDM TOR PHI COL COL CAL EDM CAL BUF TOR ROC PHI EDM CAL
12-13 8-5 14-13 12-15 8-9 12-17 9-15 9-10 19-9 9-20 9-10 8-13 12-8 9-17 7-10 11-15 5-10 8-14

Awards

Annual awards

For the first time, the winners of the NLL's annual awards were not announced during the playoffs. Instead, three finalists for each award were announced during the two weeks following the final Championship game. The winners were announced at the first-ever NLL Season Awards Ceremony on September 21, 2014.[42]

Award Winner Other Finalists
Most Valuable Player Cody Jamieson, Rochester Garrett Billings, Toronto
Matt Vinc, Rochester[43]
Goaltender of the Year Matt Vinc, Rochester Aaron Bold, Edmonton
Anthony Cosmo, Buffalo[44]
Defensive Player of the Year Kyle Rubisch, Edmonton Chris Corbeil, Edmonton
Steve Priolo, Buffalo[45]
Transition Player of the Year Jordan MacIntosh, Minnesota Brodie Merrill, Philadelphia
Jeremy Thompson, Edmonton[46]
Rookie of the Year Logan Schuss, Minnesota Robert Church, Edmonton
Dillon Ward, Colorado[47]
Sportsmanship Award Garrett Billings, Toronto Curtis Knight, Edmonton
Shawn Williams, Buffalo[42]
GM of the Year Derek Keenan, Edmonton Mike Board, Calgary
Curt Styres, Rochester[48]
Les Bartley Award Derek Keenan, Edmonton Mike Hasen, Rochester
Curt Malawsky, Calgary[49]
Executive of the Year Award John Bean, Calgary Curt Styres, Rochester
Bruce Urban, Edmonton[50]
Tom Borrelli Award Bob Chavez, ILIndoor.com[51]

All-Rookie team

All-Pro teams

First team

Second team

Monthly awards

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

Month Overall Rookie
January[52] Adam Jones Tyler Digby
February[53] Garrett Billings Logan Schuss
March[54] Garrett Billings Logan Schuss
April[55] Rob Hellyer Logan Schuss

Statistics leaders

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

Stat Player Team Total
Goals Dane Dobbie Calgary 51
Assists Shawn Evans Calgary 79
Points Cody Jamieson Rochester 108
Penalty Minutes Andrew Suitor Minnesota 73
Shots on Goal John Grant, Jr. Colorado 188
Loose Balls Geoff Snider Calgary 209
Save Pct Matt Vinc Rochester .798
GAA Aaron Bold Edmonton 8.73
Saves Anthony Cosmo Buffalo 752

Stadiums and locations

Buffalo Bandits Minnesota Swarm Philadelphia Wings Rochester Knighthawks Toronto Rock
First Niagara Center Xcel Energy Center Wells Fargo Center Blue Cross Arena Air Canada Centre
Capacity: 19,070 Capacity: 17,954 Capacity: 19,537 Capacity: 11,200 Capacity: 18,819
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Box Lacrosse.jpg
Wells Fargo Center.jpg
Rochester Blue Cross Arena - NW Exterior.jpg
Air Canada Centre and CN Tower from Bay St.jpg
Calgary Roughnecks Colorado Mammoth Edmonton Rush Vancouver Stealth
Scotiabank Saddledome Pepsi Center Rexall Place Langley Events Centre
Capacity: 19,289 Capacity: 18,007 Capacity: 16,839 Capacity: 5,276
Pengrowth Saddledome lacrosse.jpg
Denver Pepsi Center 1.jpg
Edmonton Rush versus Toronto Rock February 2010.jpg
LangleyEventsCentreExterior.jpg

See also

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