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Your Top 10 Teams:

#SchoolTournament Ranking
1Cape Henlopen 3.909090909
2Polytech 2.571428571
4St. Mark's2.4
5Tower Hill 2.357142857
7Friends 2.133333333
8Ursuline 2.133333333
10Caesar Rodney 2

First Round Results:

Ursuline (# 8) - 15
Middletown (# 9) - 9

Friends (# 7) - 12
Caesar Rodney (# 10) - 10

Tuesday's Quarterfinals Schedule:

#8 Ursuline @ #1 Cape Henlopen 7pm
#5 Charter @ #4 Tower Hill 5pm
#7 Friends @ #2 Polytech 7pm
#6 Caravel @ #3 St. Mark's 5pm

Some Numbers....

#SchoolWinsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstDifferential
1Cape Henlopen 114221119+102
2Polytech 13124896+152
3St. Mark's114176110+66
4Tower Hill 113186114+72
7Friends 105206164+42
8Ursuline 114212123+89
10Caesar Rodney 69174218-44

The Tournament Field vs The Tournament Field

#SchoolWinsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstDifferential
1Cape Henlopen 508030+50
2Polytech 418059+21
3St. Mark's437066+4
4Tower Hill 426764+3
7Friends 246472-8
8Ursuline 236359+4
10Caesar Rodney 1777147-70

Based on everything that I have, this is what the 2015 state tournament rankings should look like.  The committee just came out with their rankings, and everything that I have matches up except I have that #4 and #5 should be flipped.  I've crunched numbers and I do not know how the committee came up with Tower Hill in 4th and Charter in 5th - Charter does not have any out-of-state opponents that would be affecting their point index that would bring them down to the 5th seed, and of Tower Hill's two out-of-state opponents listed on their schedule, Worcester Prep (12-2) gave them 2 extra points, while the Hill School (8-7) gave them 1.  There's absolutely nothing that I can find that would make these two teams flip flop, so I'm not sure what happened when the committee got together this evening.

#SchoolTournament Ranking
1Cape Henlopen 3.909090909
2Polytech 2.571428571
3St. Mark's2.333333333
5Tower Hill 2.266666667
7Friends 2.133333333
8Ursuline 2.133333333
10Caesar Rodney 2
11Concord 1.933333333
12Sussex Tech1.933333333
13Archmere 1.933333333
14Dover 1.866666667
15St. Andrew's 1.8
16Mt. Pleasant1.666666667
18A.I. duPont1.6
25St. Thomas More1.133333333
26Red Lion1

Here is the rankings, per the committee.  Again, the only difference from the rankings above is that they have #4 and #5 flip-flopped.  

The Unofficial Tournament Rankings

UPDATED: 5/13 (all games up to 5/12) Last update before the final rankings of the season!

As a reminder: while these are unofficial rankings, teams tournament point index is found using the DIAA formula and includes the records of out-of-state teams for strength of schedule.  The rankings found down below are the projected rankings based on games played to date, and will change every day up until the season is completed on 5/13.

New this year - the top 10 teams will make the state tournament, with 1-6 receiving a bye the first round.

Notes On Tournament Rankings:

The ranking number for each school is found using the DIAA formula and is a combination of a school's win-loss record and their strength of schedule.

**Regarding strength of schedule - how a team's opponents do influences a team's tournament ranking number. For example, if Team A plays Team B who is undefeated, even if Team A loses, they gain "extra points." A team's "extra points" is added to their win/loss record, giving them their tournament ranking.

#SchoolTournament Ranking
1Cape Henlopen 3.818181818
2Charter 2.571428571
3Polytech 2.571428571
4Tower Hill 2.384615385
6St. Mark's2.333333333
7Friends 2.214285714
9Ursuline 2.066666667
10Caesar Rodney 2
11Concord 2
12Sussex Tech1.928571429
13Archmere 1.866666667
14Dover 1.8
15St. Andrew's 1.785714286
16Mt. Pleasant1.714285714
18A.I. duPont1.666666667
25St. Thomas More1.066666667
26Red Lion1

Even though the regular season only has a week remaining, I wanted to give some clarification on exactly how the player stats are compiled for those that are new to the blog this year and why I number the total points the way that I do.

First, every single player stat is taken from what the coaches enter on websites4sports.  If a coach chose not to enter score information for whatever reason on the website then I do not have that information to enter into my spreadsheet.

Points Breakdown & What Constitutes as an Assist?

You may have noticed that on the player stats page on the total points table that the goals a player scores are weighted more than the assists. This is not done because one is valued more than the other, but to account for differences in how coaches and their scorekeepers award assists on their team.

For the bookkeeper, recording who scored the goal is easy - whoever shot the ball when their team scored is credited with the goal. Knowing when, and who to award an assist to however is not as easy as just awarding the assist to whoever passed the ball to the shooter. According to the statistics guide put out by US Lacrosse, an assist should only be awarded if there was a conscious effort on the part of the passer to find an open player for a shot or to help a player work free for a shot. Most importantly, an assist should not be credited on a play when the goal scorer dodges a defensive player after receiving the pass before shooting unless, in the opinion of the statistician, it was the pass itself and not the dodge that led directly to the shot.

Guidelines for assists from the US Lacrosse Stat Guide

Video examples of true assists in women's lacrosse:

In this example, blue #26 feeds the ball inside of the arc to #18 who immediately shoots.  Because #18 did not have to maneuver around any excessive defensive pressure blue #26 should be credited with the assist.

In this example, blue #18 passes to her teammate who immediately sends it right back to #18 who then shoots and scores, Because the shooter did not have to dodge any defenders before she shot, the assist would be credited to her teammate in this scenario.

NO assist may be awarded if the shooter had to evade, outrun, or dodge any defensive pressure before shooting.

In this example, blue #19 receives a pass (off-screen) above the 12-meter fan before driving to goal.  The player that passed to the goal scorer in this scenario should not be credited with the assist, as blue #19 had to dodge 3 defenders before she shot and scored.

In this last example, black #21 passes the ball to black #1, who then drives hard to goal.  In the process, she has to dodge at least 1 white defender before she gets her shot off and scores.  In this scenario, #21 would not be credited with the assist.

Other statistical clarifications found in the stat guide:

  • Overtime 
    • The first overtime period is six minutes in length and is divided in two halves of three minutes each.  Play continues for the duration of the six minutes, stopped clock overtime period, stopping halfway to switch sides.  
      • This entire six minutes is considered one overtime period.
    •  Each subsequent OT period is three minutes in length and is now sudden-victory.
    • The first six-minute period is one overtime; each three-minute period following is another period so that a regulation OT game is listed as 1OT. The first sudden-victory period is 2OT (not 3OT), etc. 
  • Statistical Formulas - used when reporting certain stats such as goalie save percentage or a teams shooting average, etc.
    • Shooting Accuracy = Total Goals / Total Shots 
    • Goalie Save Percentage = Number of Saves / Number of Saves + Number of Goals 
    • Scoring Average (offensive) = Number of Goals x 50 / Total Number of Minutes Played
    • Scoring Defense = Number of Goals Allowed x 50 / Total Number of Minutes Played 

Player Stats

Top goal scorers in the state, along with assists and total points

UPDATED:  3/15/16

Updated player stats for all games in the 2015 season.