By TRT Staff with notes from NLL.com
As playoffs continue for the National Lacrosse League, the standings place both East and West in tight contention: with the Buffalo Bandits sitting at the top in the East 14-4, and the San Diego Seals on top in the West 10-8.
The Eastern Quarter-finals saw the Buffalo Bandits beat out the Albany FireWolves, as the Toronto Rock put out the Halifax Thunderbirds. The Western Quarter-finals saw the San Diego Seals win over the Philadelphia Wings, and the Calgary Roughnecks beat out the Colorado Mammoth.
Games wage on as finals began in the West first on May 13, with the Mammoth delivering a loss to the Seals 14-12 in Game 1. On Sunday, May 15, the Buffalo Bandits gave a nail-biting loss to the Toronto Rock 18-17 in the East.
Game 2 for the East and West will take place on Saturday, May 21.
As for play-off transactions, May 15, 2022 saw movement: The Buffalo Bandits have placed Bryce Sweeting on the Injured Reserve List from the Active Roster. The Buffalo Bandits have placed Practice Player Dalton Sulver on the Active Roster from the Practice Player List. (maintain Practice Player tag). The Toronto Rock have placed Practice Player Justin Scott on the Active Roster from the Practice Player List. (maintain Practice Player tag). The Toronto Rock have placed Practice Player Jordan McKenna on the Practice Player List from the Active Roster.
While May 13, 2022 saw movement as well: The Colorado Mammoth have placed practice player Sam Firth on the Active Roster from the Practice Player List (maintain practice player tag). The Colorado Mammoth have placed Ryan Lee on the Injured Reserve List from the Active Roster. The San Diego Seals have signed Mike McCannell to a one-year agreement and have placed him on the Active Roster from the Draft List. The San Diego Seals have placed Zack Greer on the Injured Reserve List from the Active Roster. The San Diego Seals have released Tyler Garrison from the Injured Reserve List.
On May 11, 11 NLL End of Season Awards were voted on with an additional 18 Spots for All-League and All-Rookie Teams with the Winners to be Announced at the End of the 2022 Playoffs
Each Member Club had the opportunity to nominate and vote on the following awards: Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Goaltender of the Year, Transition Player of the Year, Sportsmanship Award, Les Bartley Award (Head Coach of the Year), General Manager of the Year, Executive of the Year, Tom Borrelli Award (Media Person of the Year).
NLL players nominated and voted for the Teammate of the Year award with point system being the same values as the other awards. Each team nominated one player from their organization for this award. Once nominations were secured, each Member Club casted three ballots for each award by three members of their organization. Select media were eligible to vote for all awards except Executive of the Year. All awards are based on regular season performance. The voting period began after the conclusion of the regular season on May 1 and closed prior to the first playoff game on May 6.
Each ballot allowed the voting members to rank their top five choices for each award. Points were distributed for each first through fifth place vote as follows: 1st Place with 10 points, 2nd Place with 7 points, 3rd Place with 5 points, 4th Place with 3 points, and 5th Place with 1 point.
The All-League and All-Rookie Teams are determined by the top vote getters in each correlating award. The All-Rookie team will be made up of six rookies, regardless of position. The All-League First Team and All-League Second Team will be made up of six individuals per team. Each Team will consist of two forwards, one transition player, two defensemen, and one goaltender.
All award finalists and winners will be made public after the conclusion of the 2022 NLL Playoffs.