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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Vancouver
8
Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
San Diego
15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Albany
11
Buffalo
10
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Rochester
16
Georgia
11
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Colorado
6
Saskatchewan
18
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Sat, Dec 10
19:00:00
Toronto
Rochester
Sat, Dec 10
21:30:00
Vancouver
Calgary
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Fri, Dec 16
22:30:00
Panther City
Las Vegas
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Rochester
Albany
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Georgia
Sat, Dec 17
19:30:00
Halifax
New York
Sat, Dec 17
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Dec 30
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Dec 31
21:00:00
Panther City
Saskatchewan
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
22:30:00
Philadelphia
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Panther City
Rochester
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Halifax
Albany
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Buffalo
Georgia
Sat, Jan 7
19:30:00
Toronto
New York
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Vancouver
San Diego
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
18:30:00
Albany
Halifax
Fri, Jan 13
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Colorado
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Halifax
Toronto
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Panther City
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 14
19:30:00
Georgia
Buffalo
Sat, Jan 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Jan 14
22:00:00
Las Vegas
Vancouver
Sun, Jan 15
15:00:00
Rochester
New York
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
19:30:00
Buffalo
Rochester
Fri, Jan 20
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
New York
Albany
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
18:00:00
Rochester
Halifax
Fri, Jan 27
19:00:00
Buffalo
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 28
19:30:00
Buffalo
New York
Sat, Jan 28
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Saskatchewan
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
Toronto
Calgary
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Jan 28
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
21:00:00
Georgia
Colorado
Sat, Feb 4
18:00:00
Calgary
Halifax
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
New York
Toronto
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
Albany
Philadelphia
Sat, Feb 4
19:30:00
Rochester
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Panther City
San Diego
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 4
22:30:00
Colorado
Las Vegas
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
19:30:00
Toronto
Georgia
Fri, Feb 10
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Sat, Feb 11
19:00:00
Halifax
Rochester
Sat, Feb 11
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Feb 11
20:00:00
Vancouver
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
21:00:00
Colorado
Calgary
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Georgia
Toronto
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Las Vegas
Albany
Sat, Feb 18
19:30:00
Philadelphia
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 18
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
13:00:00
New York
Halifax
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
21:00:00
Panther City
Colorado
Fri, Feb 24
22:30:00
Calgary
Las Vegas
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
New York
Rochester
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
Albany
Georgia
Sat, Feb 25
20:00:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
18:30:00
Buffalo
Halifax
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 4
16:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Rochester
Toronto
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Mar 4
20:00:00
Saskatchewan
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Mar 10
21:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Mar 11
19:00:00
Albany
Toronto
Sat, Mar 11
19:30:00
Philadelphia
New York
Sat, Mar 11
20:30:00
San Diego
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 11
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sun, Mar 12
16:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Fri, Mar 17
22:00:00
San Diego
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 18
11:00:00
Georgia
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 18
18:00:00
Toronto
Halifax
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Colorado
Buffalo
Sat, Mar 18
20:00:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
20:30:00
San Diego
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Toronto
Albany
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Halifax
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 25
19:30:00
Georgia
New York
Sat, Mar 25
21:30:00
Calgary
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Buffalo
San Diego
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Colorado
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 25
22:30:00
Rochester
Las Vegas
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
20:00:00
New York
Georgia
Fri, Mar 31
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Colorado
Fri, Mar 31
22:00:00
Calgary
San Diego
Sat, Apr 1
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Apr 1
20:00:00
Albany
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
21:30:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
Sun, Apr 2
13:00:00
Georgia
Halifax
Sun, Apr 2
18:00:00
Rochester
Philadelphia
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Albany
Rochester
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Saskatchewan
Georgia
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Panther City
Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Vancouver
Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
San Diego
Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
New York
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
Halifax
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
Calgary
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
New York
Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
Georgia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
Toronto
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Albany
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Buffalo
Albany
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Halifax
Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
Colorado
San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
New York
Vancouver
Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
Saskatchewan
Las Vegas
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First Overall Draft Picks Have a History of Making an Impact

Being selected first overall in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) Entry Draft comes with a lot of expectations. Unless there is a pre-draft trade, the team that selects you usually either finished last in the standings the previous season and is looking to turn their fortunes around or is an expansion team hoping to start their inaugural season well.

Though the hype has been immense, the past Number 1 overall picks have lived up to it and have been performing near or at the top of the NLL.

 

Josh Byrne – 2017 by Buffalo Bandits

Byrne set the league on notice in his first season in the NLL after being selected first overall by the Buffalo Bandits in 2017. Among rookies, the New Westminster, British Columbia native and Hofstra graduate finished 1st in assists and points and 2nd in goals. The Buffalo forward was also one of six rookies selected to the 2018 All-Rookie Team.

 

Ryan Keenan – 2016 by Saskatchewan Rush

Keenan was selected first overall by the Saskatchewan Rush after a successful career at Penn State. The Oshawa, Ontario native was third among rookies in assists with 29. This past season, Keenan played a big role in the Rush’s third championship in the past four years as he eights in four games while shooting 21.6 percent.

 

Lyle Thompson – 2015 by Georgia Swarm

Thompson left the University of Albany in 2015 as the all-time points leader in Division I men’s lacrosse with 400 and was selected first overall by the Georgia Swarm. He was named to the All-Rookie Team that first year and won the MVP the following year in 2017 while leading the NLL in points (116). The Swarm went on to win the championship that year with Thompson winning Finals MVP.

 

Ben McIntosh – 2014 by Edmonton Rush (now Saskatchewan Rush)

A Drexel University graduate, Ben McIntosh was selected first overall by the Edmonton Rush in 2014. He led all NLL rookies in goals (37), assists (49) and points (86) his first year, leading to him being named Rookie of the Year and to the All-Rookie Team. McIntosh was t-3rd on goals last season with 46 and has helped the Rush win three of the past four championships.

 

Logan Schuss – 2013 by Minnesota Swarm

Logan Schuss was named Rookie of the Year and to the All-Rookie Team after being selected first overall by the Minnesota Swarm in 2013. His best season was in 2016 when he was t-14th in points with 86. The forward from Ladner, British Columbia currently plays for the Vancouver Stealth.

 

Mark Matthews – 2012 by Edmonton Rush (now Saskatchewan Rush)

Mark Matthews was selected first overall by the Edmonton Rush out of the University of Denver and has remained with the Rush throughout his whole career. After winning Rookie of the Year and being named to the All-Rookie Team in 2013, Matthews helped lead the Rush to the championship in 2015, 2016 and 2018, winning Finals MVP in 2015. The Oshawa, Ontario native led the league with 73 assists in 2017 and broke the record for assists in a single season with 84 this past season to help him win MVP. Matthews has been named to the All-Pro First Team four times.

 

Kevin Crowley – 2011 by Philadelphia Wings

Kevin Crowley was named to the All-Rookie Team after being chosen first overall by Philadelphia in 2011. Crowley has been a consistent scorer throughout his entire career with at least 70 points in every season he has played at least 16 games. This past season, he led the league with 51 goals scored and was named to the All-Pro First Team, his first such selection. Crowley currently plays for the New England Black Wolves.

 

Cody Jamieson – 2010 by Rochester Knighthawks

Coincidentally, in 2010 Cody Jamieson was the second straight Iroquois player from Syracuse to be selected first overall by the Knighthawks. The Six Nations, Ontario native came in second for Rookie of the Year voting and was voted to the All-Rookie Team. Jamieson went on to lead the league with 108 points (36 goals, 72 assists) in 2014 en route to being named league MVP. He also helped lead the Knighthawks to three straight championships from 2012-2014 and was named Finals MVP in 2012 and 2013. Jamieson has been named to the All-Pro First Team once and All-Pro Second Team twice and currently still plays for Rochester.

 

Sid Smith – 2009 by Rochester Knighthawks

Sid Smith has remained a defensive stalwart on the Knighthawks since being drafted first overall out of Syracuse University in 2009. He helped Rochester win three championships in a row from 2012-2014 and has been the team’s captain since 2013.

 

Jordan Hall – 2007 by New York Titans

Jordan Hall was named to the All-Rookie Team after being selected first overall out of the University of Delaware by New York in 2007. A two-time All-Pro Second Team forward and transition player, Hall was a key component of the Georgia Swarm’s run to the 2017 championship when he had 18 points (12 goals, six assists) in four playoff games. The Surrey, British Columbia native has won the NLL Sportsmanship Award twice, once in 2011 and again in 2017. Hall was recently selected by the Philadelphia Wings in the NLL Expansion Draft.

 

Ryan Benesch – 2006 by Toronto Rock (via San Jose Stealth)

After being selected first overall by the San Jose Stealth, Ryan Benesch was traded to the Toronto Rock where he won the Rookie of the Year Award and was named to the All-Rookie Team. A capable scorer, the Kitchener, Ontario native led the league in goals in 2011 and points and goals in 2015, both years being named to the All-Pro First Team. Benesch currently plays for the Colorado Mammoth.

 

Brodie Merrill – 2005 by Portland Lumberjax

In his first season in the NLL, Brodie Merrill was named Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the All-Pro First Team, All-Rookie Team and West Division All-Star Team. Merrill has been named Transition Player of the Year three times (2009, 2010 and 2017), and has been named to the All-Pro First and Second Teams four times each. The Georgetown graduate ranks second all-time in loose balls with 2,312 and forced turnovers with 186. Merrill additionally has served as the captain of the Toronto Rock.

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