Playoff Matchups; Grant Sets Pts. Record; Saturday Results

On the final night of the 2012 National Lacrosse League regular season, the playoff matchups finally locked into place. The Rochester Knighthawks win over the Philadelphia Wings on Saturday night clinched the East Division for the Toronto Rock. Rochester clinched the second seed in the East and a home playoff game in the process.

The playoffs begin with the four Divisional Semifinal matchups next weekend, with games on May 4 and 5. The division seeds are as follows:

East
1 Toronto Rock
2 Rochester Knighthawks
3 Philadelphia Wings
4 Buffalo Bandits

West
1 Calgary Roughnecks
2 Colorado Mammoth
3 Minnesota Swarm
4 Edmonton Rush

Divisional Semifinal Playoffs Schedule

Friday, May 4
Philadelphia at Rochester, 7:30 pm ET (NLL Network)

Saturday, May 5
Buffalo at Toronto, 7:00 pm ET (TSN, NLL Network)
Minnesota at Colorado, 7:30 pm ET (CBS Sports Network)
Edmonton at Calgary, 9:00 pm ET (NLL Network)

The overall seeding of playoff teams, which is used solely to determine home field advantage for the championship game, is listed below.
1. Calgary (12-4)*
2. Toronto (9-7)*
3. Colorado (11-5)
4. Minnesota (9-7)
5. Rochester (7-9)
6. Philadelphia (7-9)
7. Buffalo (7-9)
8. Edmonton (6-10)

* Division champions

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DENVER Colorado Mammoth forward John Grant Jr. recorded his 116th point of the season against the Minnesota Swarm on Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., setting the National Lacrosse League's single-season record on a goal in the fourth quarter. The 37-year-old surpassed the mark of 115 set by Buffalo Bandits forward John Tavares in 2001.

"John has had a truly remarkable season, and I couldn't be more proud of him," said Mammoth president & general manager Steve Govett.

Grant, who broke his own career-best of 111 points (2007) earlier in the night, now owns the league's most prestigious single-season record. He was named the NLL's MVP five years ago, and is widely considered as the front-runner to win the award again.

Earlier this season, Grant recorded the 1,000th point and 500th goal of his storied career. A month ago, he set Colorado's single-season points record, a mark formerly held by lacrosse legend Gary Gait. On Saturday night, the Peterborough, Ontario native put himself in a class all by himself.

"Jr.'s at the top of his game right now," said Govett. "Obviously it's a nice record for him to have, but the Champion's Cup is what he cares about most."

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The Philadelphia Wings' bid to host a playoff game came up short tonight, dropping their final game of the season 9-7 to the Rochester Knighthawks tonight in Rochester. The Wings did however qualify for post-season play for the first time since 2008, but will play a rematch at Rochester in the first round of the playoffs.

With a win the Wings could have secured their first home playoff game since 2002. The Wings finished the regular season with a record of 7-9 and in third place in the NLL's East Division. The Wings will be making their first playoff appearance since 2008.

The Knighthawks also finished the season at 7-9 but hold the season tiebreaker over the Wings after sweeping the season series, and as a result will host a playoff game next weekend.

Despite the loss Wings forward Dan Dawson broke the Wings single-season record of 100 points in a season, finishing the regular season with three points. The Wings were led by Dawson with two goals and forward Brendan Mundorf with three goals and three assists. Goalie Brandon Miller also played well in the loss notching 28 saves on 37 shots against.

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