- 2003 NLL season
National Lacrosse Leagueseason began on December 27, 2002and concluded with the championship game on May 3, 2003.
In 2003, the NLL became the first major men's sports league in North America to feature a woman playing in a regular-season game.
Ginny Capicchioni, a stand-out goaltender at Sacred Heart University, was signed by the New Jersey Stormas their third-string goaltender. She dressed for three games, though only played in one. Capicchioni collected one loose ball and made six saves while allowing 7 goals in 11 minutes of play. [cite web|url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CE1DF103BF937A25757C0A9659C8B63|work= The New York Times|title= PLUS: LACROSSE; First Woman Plays In League Game|date= April 14, 2003|accessdate=2007-02-04]
2003 saw the
Montreal Expresssuspend operations, and also saw the Washington Powermove to Colorado, where even they were unprepared for the warm welcome they received in Denver. The franchise had drawn small crowds in Washington as well as in Pittsburgh and Baltimore before that, but averaged more than 16,000 fans per game [cite web|url=http://www.lacrosse-network.com/outsidersguide/news030811.htm|title=Denver to host 2004 All Star Game|author=Philly, R.A.|date= August 11, 2003|accessdate=2007-02-04|work=Outsider's Guide to the NLL] in 2003, second in the league only to Toronto.
January 31: John Tavares became the 3rd player in NLL history (after Gary and Paul Gait) with 400 career goals, scoring 5 and adding 6 assists as the Buffalo Banditsdefeated the Columbus Landsharks19-16 [cite web|url=http://www.lacrosse-network.com/outsidersguide/game0306bucb.htm|title=Tavares hits 400 as Bandits top 'Sharks, 19-16|work=Outsider's Guide to the NLL|date= February 1, 2003|accessdate=2007-02-04]
"W = Wins, L = Losses, GB = Games Behind Division Leader, PCT = Winning Percentage, Home = Home record, Road = Road record, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against"
3RoundBracket-Byes | RD1=Quarterfinals
Colorado 11 @ Toronto 15
Buffalo 13 @ Rochester 16
Toronto 8 @ Rochester 6
All Star Game
No NLL All-Star game was held in 2003.
Bold numbers indicate new single-season records. "Italics" indicate tied single-season records.
2003 in sports
* [http://www.lacrosse-network.com/outsidersguide/arch031211.htm 2003 Archive at the Outsider's Guide to the NLL]
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