National Lacrosse League 2012: Round 1 Previews and Predictions

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National Lacrosse League 2012: Round 1 Previews and Predictions
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Following an exciting final weekend of the NLL regular season, the playoff picture is now set.

It is a rare season in any sport when a record is broken, even in a relatively young league like the NLL. But several records were set during the 2012 campaign, making it one for the ages.

John Grant Jr. broke the single-season scoring record, picking up his 116th point late in the final game of the season. He managed the feat in only 14 games, which seems appropriate, since the old record of 115 points was set during a 14-game season by John Tavares in 2001.

Garrett Billings broke the record for most assists in a season, finishing with 84 and blowing away the previous record of 74, jointly held by Dan Dawson and Josh Sanderson. Billings' 114 total points on the season fell just shy of tying the previous record. 

Bob Snider broke the record for most faceoffs won in a season, winning 319 draws and moving past the 318 recorded by both Peter Jacobs and Bob's older brother Geoff.

Edmonton's Shawn Williams shattered the iron-man record, having now played in 196 consecutive games. By the time he's done, he may have set the bar so high, no one will ever challenge it.

The second season, where the regular-season records don't matter, opens Friday night. All that matters is winning. You have to win three straight to earn the Champion's Cup. Anything less just sends you home.

Time to pick your favorites and start cheering!

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