Information on the Player Stats Page

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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 
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