2018 NLL season

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,[1] and ending on June 9, 2018, with the Saskatchewan Rush winning their 3rd title in 4 years.

2018 NLL season
LeagueNational Lacrosse League
SportIndoor lacrosse (box lacrosse)
DurationDecember 8, 2017 – June 9, 2018
Number of games18
Number of teams9
Regular Season
Top seedSaskatchewan Rush
Season MVP Mark Matthews
Top scorer Mark Matthews
Eastern championsRochester Knighthawks
  Eastern runners-upGeorgia Swarm
Western championsSaskatchewan Rush
  Western runners-upCalgary Roughnecks
ChampionsSaskatchewan Rush
  Runners-upRochester Knighthawks
Finals MVP Jeff Shattler

Final standings

Reference: [2]

East Division

1Georgia Swarm xy18117.6110.06354226215+1112.5611.94
2Rochester Knighthawks x18108.5561.05454236210+2613.1111.67
3New England Black Wolves x1899.5002.04554194242-4810.7813.44
4Toronto Rock18810.4443.03654237216+2113.1712.00
5Buffalo Bandits18810.4443.04545232240-812.8913.33
West Division

1Saskatchewan Rush xyz18144.7780.06381254196+5814.1110.89
2Colorado Mammoth x18117.6113.05463214199+1511.8911.06
3Calgary Roughnecks x18810.4446.05436227211+1612.6111.72
4Vancouver Stealth18216.11112.00927186277-9110.3315.39

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; 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


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



Annual awards

Award Winner Other Finalists
Most Valuable Player Mark Matthews, Saskatchewan Robert Church, Saskatchewan
Kevin Crowley, New England
Goaltender of the Year Matt Vinc, Rochester[3] Christian Del Bianco, Calgary
Dillon Ward, Colorado
Defensive Player of the Year Graeme Hossack, Rochester[4] Robert Hope, Colorado
Kyle Rubisch, Saskatchewan
Transition Player of the Year Joey Cupido, Colorado[5] Zach Currier, Calgary
Challen Rogers, Toronto
Rookie of the Year Jake Withers, Rochester[6] 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[7] Mike Board, Calgary
Derek Keenan, Saskatchewan
Les Bartley Award Derek Keenan, Saskatchewan[8] Pat Coyle, Colorado
Mike Hasen, Rochester
Executive of the Year Award Matt Hutchings, Colorado[9] Andy Arlotta, Georgia
Al Ryz, Saskatchewan
Teammate of the Year Award Craig England, Buffalo[10] Chris Corbeil, Saskatchewan
Brandon Miller, Toronto
Tom Borrelli Award Stephen Stamp[11] Jake Elliott
Teddy Jenner

All-Pro First Team

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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
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


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.[12]

Team Home average
New England5,557
League average9,411

See also


  1. "2017-2018 NATIONAL LACROSSE LEAGUE SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED". NLL.com. September 8, 2017. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  2. "NLL Standings". NLL.com. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  3. "Goaltender of the Year Announced". NLL.com. July 25, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  4. "Defensive Player of the Year Announced". NLL.com. July 30, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  5. "Transition Player of the Year Announced". NLL.com. July 24, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  6. "Rookie of the Year Announced". NLL.com. July 27, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  7. "General Manager of the Year Announced". NLL.com. August 3, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  8. ""Les Bartley" Coach of the Year Announced". NLL.com. August 2, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  9. "Executive of the Year Announced". NLL.com. August 1, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  10. "Teammate of the Year Announced". NLL.com. July 26, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  11. "Media Person of the Year Announced". NLL.com. July 31, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  12. "League Attendance". Pointstreak. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
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