2003 NLL Season
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2003 NLL Season

2003 NLL season
League National Lacrosse League
Sport Indoor lacrosse
Duration December 27, 2002 - May 3, 2003
Number of games 16
Number of teams 12
Regular season
Season MVP Gary Gait (Colorado Mammoth)
Top scorer John Tavares (Buffalo Bandits)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Colorado Mammoth
  Eastern runners-up Philadelphia Wings
Central champions Rochester Knighthawks
  Central runners-up Buffalo Bandits
Northern champions Toronto Rock
  Northern runners-up Calgary Roughnecks
Champion's Cup
Champions Toronto Rock
  Runners-up Rochester Knighthawks
Finals MVP Bob Watson (Toronto)
NLL seasons

The 2003 National Lacrosse League season is the 17th season in the NLL that began on December 27, 2002 and concluded with the championship game on May 3, 2003.

In 2003, the NLL became the first major men's sports league in North America to feature a woman playing in a regular-season game. Ginny Capicchioni, a stand-out goaltender at Sacred Heart University, was signed by the New Jersey Storm as their third-string goaltender. She dressed for three games, though only played in one. Capicchioni collected one loose ball and made six saves while allowing 7 goals in 11 minutes of play.[1]

Team movement

2003 saw the Montreal Express suspend operations, and also saw the Washington Power move to Colorado, where even they were unprepared for the warm welcome they received in Denver. The franchise had drawn small crowds in Washington as well as in Pittsburgh and Baltimore before that, but averaged more than 16,000 fans per game[2] in 2003, second in the league only to Toronto.

Milestones

Final standings

Regular season

Reference: [4]

Central Division
PTeamGPWLPCTGBHomeRoadGFGADiffGF/GPGA/GP

1Rochester Knighthawksxyz16124.7500.06–26–2214173+4113.3810.81
2Buffalo Banditsx16124.7500.08–04–4231188+4314.4411.75
3Albany Attack1688.5004.04–44–4198191+712.3811.94
4Columbus Landsharks1688.5004.04–44–4184203-1911.5012.69
East Division
PTeamGPWLPCTGBHomeRoadGFGADiffGF/GPGA/GP

1Colorado Mammothxy1697.5620.06–23–5226223+314.1213.94
2Philadelphia Wings1688.5001.06–22–6203209-612.6913.06
3New York Saints16313.1886.02–61–7198239-4112.3814.94
4New Jersey Storm16313.1886.03–50–8187220-3311.6913.75
North Division
PTeamGPWLPCTGBHomeRoadGFGADiffGF/GPGA/GP

1Toronto Rockxy16115.6880.06–25–3195164+3112.1910.25
2Calgary Roughnecksx1697.5622.06–23–5209207+213.0612.94
3Vancouver Ravensx1697.5622.05–34–4208196+1213.0012.25
4Ottawa Rebel16412.2507.03–51–7174214-4010.8813.38

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

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Championship
                           
       
  4 Colorado 11  
    2 Toronto 15  
6 Vancouver 12
  4 Colorado 15  
    2 Toronto 8
  1 Rochester 6
  5 Calgary 9  
3 Buffalo 16  
3 Buffalo 13
    1 Rochester 16  
     

Semifinals

Colorado 11 @ Toronto 15
Buffalo 13 @ Rochester 16

Championship

Toronto 8 @ Rochester 6

All Star Game

No NLL All-Star game was held in 2003.

Awards

Weekly awards

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

Week Overall Offensive Defensive Rookie
1 Bill Greer Tracey Kelusky Matt Roik Patrick Merrill
2 Erik Miller Steve Toll Erik Miller Cam Sedgwick
3 Jason Clark Jason Clark Pat Campbell Chris Schiller
4 Steve Dietrich Pat Maddalena Bill Greer Tom Montour
5 Dallas Eliuk Blaine Manning Dallas Eliuk Aaron Wilson
6 John Tavares Del Halladay Curtis Palidwor Aaron Wilson
7 Chris Driscoll Chris Driscoll Curtis Palidwor Nick Polanco
8 Bill Greer Colin Doyle Pat O'Toole Lewis Ratcliff
9 Jim Veltman Tom Marechek Jim Veltman Aaron Wilson
10 Gary Gait Shawn Williams Gee Nash Travis Gillespie
11 Jeff Ratcliffe Jeff Ratcliffe Kyle Couling Brian Tower
12 Gary Gait Derek Malawsky Dwight Maetche Marc Morley
13 Gary Gait Curt Malawsky Gee Nash Brian Langtry
14 Tracey Kelusky John Grant, Jr. Pat O'Toole Brian Langtry
15 Pat Maddalena Mike Accursi Brian Beisel Brian Lantry
16 Erik Miller Pat Maddalena Erik Miller Marc Morley

Monthly awards

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

Month Overall Rookie
Jan Pat Maddalena
John Tavares (tie)
Cam Sedgwick
Feb Chris Driscoll Aaron Wilson
Mar Gary Gait Brian Langtry

Statistics leaders

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

Stat Player Team Number
Goals Gary Gait Colorado 61
Assists John Tavares Buffalo 58
Points John Tavares Buffalo 107
Penalty Minutes Casey Zaph Rochester 59
Loose Balls Jim Veltman Toronto 207
Save Pct Pat O'Toole Rochester 78.3

See also

References

  1. ^ "PLUS: LACROSSE; First Woman Plays In League Game". The New York Times. April 14, 2003. Retrieved 2007. 
  2. ^ Philly, R.A. (August 11, 2003). "Denver to host 2004 All Star Game". Outsider's Guide to the NLL. Archived from the original on December 21, 2006. Retrieved 2007. 
  3. ^ "Tavares hits 400 as Bandits top 'Sharks, 19-16". Outsider's Guide to the NLL. February 1, 2003. Retrieved 2007. 
  4. ^ "National Lacrosse League - 2003 Regular Season - Standings". NLL.com. Retrieved 2012. 

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