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Teams will submit a list of 11 players they wish to protect ahead of the Expansion Draft.

Per the CBA, a maximum of five forwards and one goaltender can be put on a team’s protected player list.

Well the league has published the protected players lists. Some interesting names available to Rochester and New York.

Curious move by Philadelphia not protecting a goaltender.  Let the bitching by Philly faithful begin.

Anyway let the backroom deals begin in earnest. Check out the lists below.




Press Release

Rock keep two key pieces of the roster from testing the free agent market. Both deals are two years in length.


Press Release 

The nominees for each award are:

Rookie of the Year

  • Ian MacKay – Buffalo Bandits
  • Matt Rambo – Philadelphia Wings
  • Austin Staats – San Diego Seals

Defensive Player of the Year

  • Graeme Hossack – Rochester Knighthawks
  • Steve Priolo – Buffalo Bandits
  • Kyle Rubisch – Saskatchewan Rush

Transition Player of the Year

  • Zach Currier – Calgary Roughnecks
  • Kiel Matisz – Philadelphia Wings
  • Challen Rogers – Toronto Rock

Goaltender of the Year

  • Christian Del Bianco – Calgary Roughnecks
  • Matt Vinc – Buffalo Bandits
  • Dillon Ward – Colorado Mammoth

Most Valuable Player

  • Dane Dobbie – Calgary Roughnecks
  • Lyle Thompson – Georgia Swarm
  • Matt Vinc – Buffalo Bandits

Sportsmanship Award

  • Dan Dawson – San Diego Seals
  • Tom Schreiber – Toronto Rock
  • Lyle Thompson – Georgia Swarm

Teammate of the Year

  • Kyle Buchanan – San Diego Seals
  • Chad Cummings – Calgary Roughnecks
  • John Ranagan – Georgia Swarm

Les Bartley Award, Head Coach of the Year

  • Curt Malawsky – Calgary Roughnecks
  • Matt Sawyer – Toronto Rock
  • John Tavares/Rich Kilgour – Buffalo Bandits

General Manager of the Year

  • Mike Board – Calgary Roughnecks
  • Steve Dietrich – Buffalo Bandits
  • Patrick Merrill – San Diego Seals

Executive of the Year

  • Terri Giberson – Toronto Rock
  • Lindsey Masciangelo – Philadelphia Wings
  • Dave Zygai – Buffalo Bandits

This just goes to show how little media coverage the NLL gets. 

Tom Borelli Award, Media Person of the Year

  • Bob Chavez – IL Indoor ( Enjoyed his work at the D and C. Now not so much. )
  • Tyson Geick – Lacrosse Flash ( Former league employee and still has his head up his ass. )
  • Barstool Jordie – Barstool Sports ( Barstool has more negatives than positives that we can think of. Just ask IB.  Jordie is an asshole to boot.

Box Score

Attendance 11,635

The Bandits are moving on to the NLL Cup Finals vs the Calgary Roughnecks. The Bandits trailed the Rock 3-2 in the second quarter and went on a six goal run that stretched between the second and third quarters to take control of the game and punch their ticket to the NLL Cup Finals.

Corey Small led the Bandits with three goals and Matt Vinc made 43 saves for the Bandits.

NLL Cup Finals Game One Saturday May 18 Calgary at Buffalo  7:30 PM ET

Box Score

Attendance 8,862

Swarm led 5-4 after fifteen minutes and got outscored 9-3 by the Rock over the next thirty minutes and a late Swarm comeback fell short.

Tom Schreiber led the Rock with four goals and one assist. Nick Rose made 35 saves for the Rock.  Lyle “snip the ponytail” Thompson led the Swarm with three goals and four assists.

The Rock advance and will travel to Buffalo for the East Division Final.

The East Division Final will take place on Saturday May 11 in Buffalo. Faceoff is set for 7:30 PM ET


Friday May 3 Colorado at Saskatchewan 9:30 PM ET

Saturday May 4 New England at Buffalo  7:30 PM ET

Monday May 6 Toronto at Georgia 7:30 PM ET

Monday May 6 Calgary at San Diego 10:30 PM ET

Box Score

Attendance 6,685

Toronto finishes the season 12 and Vancouver finishes the season 5-13. Tom Schreiber led the Rock with two goals and seven assists. Nick Rose got the win in between the pipes for the Rock and made 39 saves.

The Warriors were led by Keegan Bal with four goals.

Toronto gets ready to face the Georgia Swarm in the East Division  semi finals on Monday May 6. Face off is set for 7:30 PM ET.

Vancouver heads into the offseason and Dan Richardson has his work cut out for him.

Up Next

Monday May 6 Toronto at Georgia 7:30 PM ET

Vancouver – Offseason


Due to the arenas in San Diego and Georgia already being booked. Fans will get watch some Monday Night lacrosse.  Hopefully it will not become the norm anytime soon.

Hey at least its not Friday morning at 10 am right? Or a Tuesday night in Baltimore.

Monday May 6 Toronto at Georgia

Monday May 6 TBD at San Diego

Box Score

Attendance 9,829

Of course Pointstreak decided to crap out.  The Rock finish the season 8-1 at home. Rob Hellyer led the Rock with three goals and one assists.  Stephen Leblanc led the Black Wolves with two goals and six assists.

Toronto improves to 11-6 and New England falls to 8-8.

Up Next

Saturday April 20 New England at Buffalo 7:30 PM ET

Friday April 26 Toronto at Vancouver 10:00 PM ET


East Division ( According to the Wings)

Georgia – New England – New York – Philadelphia

Division 2

Buffalo – Halifax – Rochester – Toronto

West Division

Calgary – Colorado –  San Diego – Saskatchewan – Vancouver