2015 NLL season
LeagueNational Lacrosse League
SportIndoor lacrosse
DurationJanuary 2 – June 5, 2015
Number of games18
Number of teams9
Regular Season
Top seedToronto Rock
Season MVPCanada Shawn Evans
Top scorerShawn Evans
Playoffs
Eastern championsToronto Rock
  Eastern runners-upRochester Knighthawks
Western championsEdmonton Rush
  Western runners-upCalgary Roughnecks
Finals
ChampionsEdmonton Rush
  Runners-upToronto Rock
Finals MVPCanada Mark Matthews
NLL seasons

The 2015 National Lacrosse League season, the 29th in the history of the NLL, began on January 2, 2015,[1] and ended with Game 2 of the Champion's Cup Finals series on June 5, 2015.[2] In the finals, the Edmonton Rush defeated the Toronto Rock two games to none to win their first-ever Champion's Cup.

Milestones and events

Pre-season

Regular season

Playoffs

League business

Final standings

Reference: [52]

East Division
PTeamGPWLPCTGBHomeRoadGFGADiffGF/GPGA/GP

1Toronto Rockxyz18144.7780.07–27–2230185+4512.7810.28
2Rochester Knighthawksx18126.6672.07–25–4205173+3211.399.61
3Buffalo Banditsx18117.6113.07–24–5236208+2813.1111.56
4Minnesota Swarm18612.3338.03–63–6185226-4110.2812.56
5New England Black Wolves18414.22210.02–72–7186249-6310.3313.83
West Division
PTeamGPWLPCTGBHomeRoadGFGADiffGF/GPGA/GP

1Edmonton Rushxy18135.7220.06–37–2241177+6413.399.83
2Colorado Mammothx1899.5004.06–33–6212218-611.7812.11
3Calgary Roughnecksx18711.3896.04–53–6212217-511.7812.06
4Vancouver Stealth18513.2788.03–62–7211265-5411.7214.72

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

Overall seeds

Team Wins Losses Pct. Seed
Toronto Rock 14 4 .778 1
Edmonton Rush 13 5 .722 2
Rochester Knighthawks 12 6 .667 3
Buffalo Bandits 11 7 .611 4
Colorado Mammoth 9 9 .500 5
Calgary Roughnecks 7 11 .389 6
Minnesota Swarm 6 12 .333 7
Vancouver Stealth 5 13 .278 8
New England Black Wolves 4 14 .222 9

Playoffs

Division semifinals Division finals (3-game series) Finals (3-game series)
E1 Toronto 2
E2 Rochester 14 E2 Rochester 1
E3 Buffalo 11 E1 Toronto 0
W1 Edmonton 2
W1 Edmonton 2
W2 Colorado 6 W3 Calgary 1
W3 Calgary 11

Division Finals and Champion's Cup Finals individual game results

East Division Finals

Saturday, May 16 - Game 1 at Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, New York: Rochester Knighthawks 10, Toronto Rock 9[37]
Saturday, May 23 - Game 2 at Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario: Toronto Rock 11, Rochester Knighthawks 8[40]
Saturday, May 23 - Game 3 at Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario: Toronto Rock 8, Rochester Knighthawks 2[40]
Toronto wins series, 2–1.

West Division Finals

Friday, May 15 - Game 1 at Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta: Edmonton Rush 10, Calgary Roughnecks 8[35][West 1]
Saturday, May 23 - Game 2 at Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta: Calgary Roughnecks 12, Edmonton Rush 9[43][West 1]
Saturday, May 23 - Game 3 at Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta: Edmonton Rush 4, Calgary Roughnecks 1[43][West 1]
Edmonton wins series, 2–1.

Champion's Cup Finals

Saturday, May 30 - Game 1 at Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario: Edmonton Rush 15, Toronto Rock 9[46]
Friday, June 5 - Game 2 at Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta: Edmonton Rush 11, Toronto Rock 10[48]
Edmonton wins series, 2–0.

Notes:

  1. ^ a b c The Edmonton Rush gave up home-floor advantage in the West Division Finals in the interest of the team's fans instead of hosting Game 2 on Wednesday, May 20, since Rexall Place was not available on the weekend.

Regular-season results table

Reference:[53]

Abbreviation and Color Key:
Buffalo Bandits - BUF • Calgary Roughnecks - CAL • Colorado Mammoth - COL
Edmonton Rush - EDM • Minnesota Swarm - MIN • New England Black Wolves - NE
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 NE EDM VAN TOR MIN ROC CAL ROC ROC COL TOR TOR MIN NE MIN VAN NE NE
8–12 9–8 14–13 11–13 15–12 11–17 15–14 (OT) 10–15 12–13 (OT) 14–10 15–12 10–11 (OT) 12–8 11–12 12–9 17–9 20–9 20–10
Calgary Roughnecks VAN COL EDM TOR BUF VAN VAN ROC EDM ROC NE TOR COL COL EDM EDM MIN VAN
14–18 16–17 (OT) 8–16 11–12 14–15 (OT) 9–13 16–13 11–12 12–11 (OT) 7–13 20–9 10–12 8–9 (OT) 14–9 9–8 9–11 10–6 14–13
Colorado Mammoth MIN CAL VAN VAN EDM EDM NE BUF TOR MIN VAN VAN CAL CAL ROC ROC EDM EDM
20–13 17–16 (OT) 20–9 13–16 7–11 7–13 14–12 10–14 9–17 12–8 14–11 12–6 9–8 (OT) 9–14 5–14 11–10 12–13 10–13
Edmonton Rush BUF MIN CAL NE COL COL TOR CAL VAN TOR ROC VAN VAN CAL CAL COL MIN COL
8–9 10–14 16–8 18–9 11–7 13–7 15–16 (OT) 11–12 (OT) 19–7 11–9 16–3 15–14 (OT) 17–10 8–9 11–9 13–12 16–12 13–10
Minnesota Swarm COL EDM NE BUF ROC TOR TOR VAN NE COL BUF NE NE ROC BUF CAL EDM ROC
13–20 14–10 19–13 12–15 7–6 (OT) 4–16 9–14 15–21 9–10 8–12 8–12 13–9 12–8 2–10 9–12 6–10 12–16 13–12 (OT)
New England Black Wolves BUF ROC MIN EDM ROC TOR COL MIN CAL MIN MIN BUF VAN TOR ROC BUF TOR BUF
12–8 17–7 13–19 9–18 10–15 12–13 (OT) 12–14 10–9 9–20 9–13 8–12 12–11 9–11 12–15 6–14 9–20 7–10 10–20
Rochester Knighthawks TOR NE TOR BUF MIN BUF NE BUF CAL CAL EDM TOR MIN COL COL VAN NE MIN
12–13 7–17 8–6 17–11 6–7 (OT) 15–10 15–10 13–12 (OT) 12–11 13–7 3–16 11–7 10–2 14–5 10–11 13–9 14–6 12–13 (OT)
Toronto Rock ROC VAN BUF ROC CAL MIN MIN NE EDM COL BUF BUF EDM CAL ROC VAN NE NE
13–12 20–11 13–11 6–8 12–11 16–4 14–9 13–12 (OT) 16–15 (OT) 17–9 12–15 11–10 (OT) 9–11 12–10 7–11 14–7 15–12 10–7
Vancouver Stealth CAL TOR BUF COL COL CAL CAL MIN EDM COL COL EDM EDM TOR NE ROC BUF CAL
18–14 11–20 13–14 9–20 16–13 13–9 13–16 21–15 7–19 11–14 6–12 14–15 (OT) 10–17 7–14 11–9 9–13 9–17 13–14

Player statistics

Scoring leaders

The following players lead the league in regular season points at the conclusion of games played on May 3, 2015.[54]

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM LB
Shawn Evans Calgary Roughnecks 18 47 83 130 39 96
Mark Matthews Edmonton Rush 18 53 62 115 6 64
Ryan Benesch Buffalo Bandits 18 55 58 113 6 99
Dhane Smith Buffalo Bandits 18 39 68 107 11 75
Rhys Duch Vancouver Stealth 18 41 62 103 10 63
Josh Sanderson Toronto Rock 18 19 83 102 10 90
Mark Steenhuis Buffalo Bandits 17 36 59 95 25 68
Curtis Dickson Calgary Roughnecks 18 48 46 94 16 58
Adam Jones Colorado Mammoth 16 51 42 93 16 73
Robert Church Edmonton Rush 17 37 55 92 4 75

Leading goaltenders

The following goaltenders lead the league in regular season goals against average at the conclusion of games played on May 3, 2015.[55]

Player Team GP MP W L GA SV SV% GAA
Aaron Bold Edmonton Rush 18 1016:54 12 5 160 565 .779 9.44
Matt Vinc Rochester Knighthawks 18 1003:58 10 6 161 655 .803 9.62
Nick Rose Toronto Rock 18 432:52 6 2 70 285 .803 9.70
Brandon Miller Toronto Rock 18 654:10 8 2 113 431 .792 10.36
Frankie Scigliano Calgary Roughnecks 18 734:02 6 6 136 463 .773 11.12

Awards

Annual awards

Award Winner Other Finalists
Most Valuable Player Shawn Evans, Calgary[56] Mark Matthews, Edmonton
Ryan Benesch, Buffalo[57]
Goaltender of the Year Matt Vinc, Rochester[56] Aaron Bold, Edmonton
Brandon Miller, Toronto[58]
Defensive Player of the Year Kyle Rubisch, Edmonton[56] Chris Corbeil, Edmonton
Steve Priolo, Buffalo[59]
Transition Player of the Year Joey Cupido, Colorado[56] Brodie Merrill, Toronto
Karsen Leung, Calgary[60]
Rookie of the Year Ben McIntosh, Edmonton[56] Jeremy Noble, Colorado
Miles Thompson, Minnesota[61]
Sportsmanship Award Kyle Buchanan, New England[56] Jordan Hall, Rochester
Curtis Hodgson, Vancouver[62]
GM of the Year Terry Sanderson, Toronto[56] Steve Dietrich, Buffalo
Curt Styres, Rochester[63]
Les Bartley Award John Lovell, Toronto[56] Mike Hasen, Rochester
Derek Keenan, Edmonton[64]
Executive of the Year Award Bruce Urban, Edmonton[56] Scott Loffler, Buffalo
Lewis Staats, Rochester[65]
Tom Borrelli Award Steve Ewan, The Province[66]

Monthly awards

Awards are presented monthly for the best overall player and best rookie.

Month Overall Rookie
January[67] Josh Sanderson Ben McIntosh
February[68] Rob Hellyer Miles Thompson
March[69] Aaron Bold Jeremy Noble
April[70] Ryan Benesch Ben McIntosh

Stadiums and locations

Buffalo Bandits Minnesota Swarm New England Black Wolves Rochester Knighthawks Toronto Rock
First Niagara Center Xcel Energy Center Mohegan Sun Arena Blue Cross Arena Air Canada Centre
Capacity: 19,070 Capacity: 17,954 Capacity: 7,700 Capacity: 11,200 Capacity: 18,819
HSBC Arena Lacrosse.jpg
Box Lacrosse.jpg
Mohegan Sun Arena.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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