2007 NLL season

2007 NLL season

The 2007 National Lacrosse League season, the 21st in the history of the NLL (including the Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League and Major Indoor Lacrosse League years) began on December 30, 2006 and concluded with the championship game on May 12, 2007.

The Rochester Knighthawks finished the regular season with a 14-2 record, winning their last 12 games. They followed this up by beating Toronto in the first round, and then clinched the Eastern division title by defeating Buffalo in the Eastern division finals, with league MVP John Grant, Jr. scoring in overtime.

The Arizona Sting finished third in their division, but defeated the Calgary Roughnecks in the first round, and then beat the San Jose Stealth to clinch their second division title in three years. The championship game was awarded to Rochester because of their higher seed, but the Blue Cross Arena was unavailable on the day of the game, so the Championship game was held in Phoenix.cite web|url=http://nll.com/article.php?id=2923|title=Arizona To Host Championship Game|work=NLL.com|date=April 30, 2007|accessdate=2007-04-30]

The Knighthawks continued their winning streak in the desert, defeating the Sting 13-11. John Grant, Jr., who had been named the league MVP only two days before, was named game MVP.cite web|url=http://nll.com/article.php?id=2948|title=John Grant Named Championship Game MVP|work=NLL.com|date=May 12, 2007|accessdate=2007-05-13] It was Rochester's second championship overall, and first since 1997. The championship game loss was Arizona's second in three years.

The season began with a blockbuster trade just three days before the first game, as the Toronto Rock traded star forward and 2005 MVP Colin Doyle along with Darren Halls and a draft pick to the San Jose Stealth for 1st round draft selection Ryan Benesch, Kevin Fines, Chad Thompson, and two draft picks. Doyle scored nine assists in San Jose's second game of the season, a 17-16 OT win over the Calgary Roughnecks, and finished the season second in team scoring. Benesch was named 2007 Rookie of the Year.

In February, the NLL signed an agreement with Sirius Satellite Radio to air a "Game of the Week" throughout the season as well as during the playoffs. [cite web|url=http://nll.com/article.php?id=2709|work=NLL.com|title=NLL & SIRIUS Sign Broadcasting Agreement|date=February 1, 2007|accessdate=2007-03-24] In March, the league announced that New York Titans star Casey Powell would be hosting a weekly radio show on SIRIUS, called "Inside the National Lacrosse League with Casey Powell". [cite web|url=http://nll.com/article.php?id=2800|title=NLL & SIRIUS Announce Lacrosse Talk Show|work=NLL.com|date=March 7, 2007|accessdate=2007-03-24]

Final Standings

"W = Wins, L = Losses, GB = Games Behind Division Leader, PCT = Winning Percentage, Home = Home record, Road = Road record, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against"


"Toronto won the 3-way tiebreaker with Philadelphia and Chicago due to their 5-7 record against divisional opponents (Philadelphia was 4-8, and Chicago was 5-8)."cite web|url=http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=2869|title=Opening Round Playoff Matchups Set|work=NLL.com|date=April 14, 2007|accessdate=2007-04-14]
"Calgary won the 3-way tiebreaker with Arizona and San Jose because of their head-to-head record (Calgary was 2-1 against Arizona and 1-1 against San Jose, while San Jose went 0-2 against Arizona)."

Playoffs

8TeamBracket | RD1= Divisional Semifinal
RD2= Divisional Final
RD3= Champion's Cup Final
group1= Eastern Division
group2= Western Division

RD1-seed1= 1
RD1-team1= Rochester
RD1-score1= 10
RD1-seed2= 4
RD1-team2= Toronto
RD1-score2= 6

RD1-seed3= 2
RD1-team3= Buffalo
RD1-score3= 14
RD1-seed4= 3
RD1-team4= Minnesota
RD1-score4= 8

RD1-seed5= 1
RD1-team5= Colorado
RD1-score5= 14
RD1-seed6= 4
RD1-team6= San Jose
RD1-score6= 15 (OT)

RD1-seed7= 2
RD1-team7= Calgary
RD1-score7= 9
RD1-seed8= 3
RD1-team8= Arizona
RD1-score8= 13

RD2-seed1= 1
RD2-team1= Rochester
RD2-score1= 14 (OT)
RD2-seed2= 2
RD2-team2= Buffalo
RD2-score2= 13

RD2-seed3= 3
RD2-team3= Arizona
RD2-score3= 9
RD2-seed4= 4
RD2-team4= San Jose
RD2-score4= 7

RD3-seed1= E1
RD3-team1= Rochester
RD3-score1= 13
RD3-seed2= W3
RD3-team2= Arizona
RD3-score2= 11

The Knighthawks had the overall top seed in the playoffs, but were unable to host the Championship game due to a scheduling conflict at the Blue Cross Arena.

Team Movement

The 2007 season features two new expansion teams, both in the East Division: the Chicago Shamrox and the New York Titans.

Rule Changes

A number of rule changes were made for the 2007 season [cite web|url=http://nll.com/article.php?id=2612|work=NLL.com|title=NLL Announces Rule Changes For 2007|accessdate=2007-01-01|date=December 12, 2006] . The main changes are:
* Cross-checks to the head are more severely punished
* Cross-checking a player without the ball is now illegal
* Scoring from behind the net is now allowed, provided there is no contact between the ball and the goalie or his equipment (this effectively allows the "Air Gait" move invented by Gary Gait)
* When a penalty shot is awarded, the coach can choose any player on the team to take the shot

Milestones

* January 6:
** Chicago and New York played their first ever games
** Chicago recorded its first win and first home win
** New York's first goal was scored by Gewas Schindler
** Chicago's first goal was scored by Jason Clark
** Edmonton won its first ever home game, defeating the Philadelphia Wings 13-12
* January 12: San Jose beat Calgary 17-16 in overtime in the longest game in NLL history. [cite web|url=http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=2673|title=Weekend Rec
January 15, 2007|accessdate=2007-01-15
] The game lasted 71 minutes and 42 seconds before Luke Wiles scored at 11:42 of overtime, narrowly beating the old record of 70:45 during an Arizona-Anaheim game in 2004.
* January 20: New York records its first win and first home win at Madison Square Garden with a 11-9 victory over the Chicago Shamrox. The game is also the first loss for the Shamrox.
* January 26: New York plays their first game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, losing 16-11 to the Philadelphia Wings. The New York Titans will split their home games between the Coliseum and Madison Square Garden.
* January 27: Rochester Knighthawk star John Grant Jr. sets a new NLL record for points in a single game with 15 (9 goals, 6 assists) in a 22-18 defeat of the New York Titans. [cite web|url=http://nll.com/article.php?id=2701|title=K-Hawks Outscore Titans in Shootout|work=NLL.com|date=January 27, 2007|accessdate=2007-01-27]
* February 22: After a 12-9 loss to Toronto, the Calgary Roughnecks fired head coach Chris Hall, the only coach in team history.
* March 24: Calgary teammates Kaleb Toth and Tracey Kelusky both reach 500 career points in the same game, as Jeff Dowling wins his first game as head coach. [cite web|url=http://nll.com/article.php?id=2850|title=Week 13 Rec
work=NLL.com|date=March 26, 2007|accessdate=2007-03-26
]
* March 31:
** Rochester beats Philadelphia 12-10 in Rochester, setting a new franchise record with their ninth consecutive win. [cite web|url=http://nll.com/article.php?id=2864|title=Rochester handles Wings 12-10|work=NLL.com|date=March 31, 2007|accessdate=2007-04-01]
** The 1,000th regular-season game in league history is played at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, [cite web|url=http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=2852|title=NLL to play 1,000th game on Saturday|work=NLL.com|date=March 27, 2007|accessdate=2007-04-10] , with Colorado defeating Minnesota 11-9. [cite web|url=http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=2866|title=Mammoth come back to beat Swarm, 11-9|work=NLL.com|date=April 1, 2007|accessdate=2007-04-10]
* April 6: The Calgary Roughnecks play their 100th game in franchise history against the Edmonton Rush at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary.

All Star Game

The 2007 All-Star Game was held at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Oregon on March 10, 2007. The East won the game 20-16, on the strength of Mark Steenhuis' six goals. Steenhuis was named game MVP. Steenhuis was also named game MVP in the 2004 All-Star game, and became the first player in NLL history to be named All-Star Game MVP twice. [cite web|url=http://nll.com/article.php?id=2808|title=East Wins All-Star Game 20-16|work=NLL.com|date=March 11, 2007|accessdate=2007-03-11] The game was broadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio; Travis Demers and Martin Wright called the action.

All-Star teams

Monthly Awards

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

tatistics Leaders

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

See also

* 2007 in sports

References

External links

* [http://nll.com/article.php?id=306 2007 NLL schedule]
* [http://www.nll.com/stats.php?ps=http://www.pointstreak.com/framed/prostats/standings.html?leagueid=230%26seasonid=1322%26sortby=wpct 2007 NLL standings]

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