The National Lacrosse League will be hoping that six eyes are better than four for the playoffs this year (this is where the ref baiters can feel free to make their 12 eyes versus six jokes). The league announced Monday that it will add another assistant referee to help out the crew chief for the 2013 playoff run. The NLL’s release pointed out that “The third referee is not a technical referee used under the previous three-man system. In adding the third referee, the NLL is following the playoff model of Major League Baseball, which adds two umpires for post-season games.”
The playoffs kick off at 5 pm ET Saturday with Philadelphia visiting Rochester. Two more games follow on Saturday night with Edmonton at Washington facing off at 7:30 ET and Calgary playing host to the Colorado Mammoth at 9 ET. The first weekend of the playoffs wraps up Sunday afternoon when the Minnesota Swarm cross conferences to play the East Division champion Toronto Rock at 3 pm ET at the Air Canada Centre.