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MLL Week 14: Inside the Numbers

September 13, 2019 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) News Release

Here's a closer look behind the numbers from Week 14 of the 2019 MLL Season.

This past weekend the Boston Cannons beat the Chesapeake Bayhawks 12-11, the Denver Outlaws beat the New York Lizards 15-12, The Atlanta Blaze beat the Dallas Rattlers 15-14.

Playoff Stats

With the playoff contenders set after Denver, Chesapeake, Boston, and Atlanta all clinched last week, we can begin to look ahead to the championship chase, with Championship Weekend arriving on October 4th. Here are some stats previewing the playoff history of the 4 clinched teams:

 

Of Denver's 14 seasons in MLL, this is their 13th season making the playoffs, Denver's 4th year in a row.

Chesapeake has 5 Steinfeld Trophy wins, the most championships of any team in MLL history, however, Denver has won 3 of the past 5 championships, becoming the new dominating force in the league, looking to continue their streak this postseason.

The Chesapeake Bayhawks have the most 2019 All-Stars of all the playoff contenders, with 10 current All-Stars.

The Chesapeake Bayhawks have now made the playoffs for the second year in a row, however they have not won a playoff game since the 2013 season.

The Boston Cannons return to the quest for the Steinfeld Trophy after a 4-year postseason drought, returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2015.

The Atlanta Blaze will be making their first playoff appearance in team history since the team's inaugural season in 2016.

Denver has the most playoff experience out of the clinched teams, with players combining for 34 total playoff games played (Grant - 15, Currier - 4, Sullivan - 4, Barber - 3, Ward - 2, Schlosser - 2, Gobrecht - 2, Gilray - 2).

John Grant Jr. makes the majority of Denver's total playoff experience with 15 playoff games played throughout his career, having the most postseason experience of any current player in the playoffs this year, also claiming 2 Championship MVPs in his 14th years in the league.

Zach Currier returns to the postseason after scoring 6 goals in Denver's playoff run to the top least season.

Every team in the 2019 MLL Playoffs except Atlanta has won a Steinfeld Trophy in the past decade.

Goals Per Game Assists Per Game Ground Balls Per Game Face off Wins Per Game Shots on Goal Per Game Turnovers Per Game

Blaze - 14.6 Blaze - 10.4 Outlaws - 44.8 Outlaws - 17.5 Outlaws - 28.0 Bayhawks - 12.8

Outlaws - 14.3 Outlaws - 7.6 Blaze - 40.0 Blaze - 16.6 Bayhawks - 27.5 Cannons - 15.4

Bayhawks -13.6 Bayhawks - 6.6 Cannons - 39.1 Cannons - 14.6 Cannons - 26.3 Rattlers - 15.7

Cannons - 13.6 Lizards - 6.2 Lizards - 36.7 Lizards - 14.4 Blaze - 26.0 Lizards - 16.1

Rattlers - 12.2 Cannons - 5.7 Bayhawks - 34.9 Bayhawks - 14.3 Lizards - 24.5 Outlaws - 16.3

Lizards - 11.7 Rattlers - 4.7 Rattlers - 34.3 Rattlers - 11.6 Rattlers - 24.3 Blaze - 17.4

Caused Turnovers Per Game Ground Balls Against Per Game Shots on Goal Against Per Game Face off Losses Per Game

Cannons - 8.1 Outlaws - 31.4 Bayhawks - 23.4 Outlaws - 12.5

Rattlers - 7.9 Bayhawks - 36.1 Rattlers - 25.7 Lizards - 14.4

Bayhawks - 7.9 Blaze - 38.2 Outlaws - 25.9 Bayhawks - 14.8

Outlaws - 7.2 Rattlers - 39.3 Lizards - 26.3 Blaze - 15.1

Lizards - 6.9 Cannons - 39.6 Cannons - 26.6 Cannons - 15.6

Blaze - 6.5 Lizards - 40.3 Blaze - 27.9 Rattlers - 16.3

Current League Leaders

Goals:

1. Lyle Thompson: 44        

2. Shayne Jackson: 40      

3. Mark Cockerton: 37

Assists:       

1. Randy Staats: 33

2. Tommy Palasek: 30

3. Will Sands: 29

2pt Goals:   

1*. Eli Salama, Andrew Newbold: 4

2*. Ryan McNamara, Kyle Denhoff, Dylan Maher, Brandon Jones: 2

Points:

1. Lyle Thompson: 67

2*. Rob Pannell, Shayne Jackson: 55

3. Tommy Palasek: 53

Ground Balls:        

1. Alex Woodall: 131          

2. Max Adler: 106   

3. Gregory Puskuldjian: 85

Caused Turnovers:          

1. Liam Byrnes: 25 

2*. Craig Chick, Jack Carrigan: 19          

3. Ben Randall: 18

Faceoff Wins:         

1. Max Adler: 242   

2. Alex Woodall: 232

3. Kenny Massa: 174

Saves:          

1. Chris Madalon: 190       

2. Austin Kaut: 182 

3. Nick Marrocco: 176

* - indicates that there is a statistical tie

Leaderboard Trends

Lyle Thompson looks to continue his goal streak this coming week and potentially make the All-Time MLL Leaderboard in a few categories. Thompson has scored at least 2 goals in all 14 games this season and currently sits at 44 goals and 67 points. He is currently tied for 8th place in all-time Single-Season Goals and 10th place in all-time single-season points with 2 games remaining in the season and is projected to reach 2nd place on the all-time Single-Season Goals leaderboard with his current average of 3.1 goals per game.

Chris Aslanian, a 2019 Cascade Rookie of the Year candidate, has racked up 37 points (20 goals & 17 assists) throughout his debut seaon with Denver and has climbed his way to 5th on the all-time Points by a Rookie and 4th on the all-time Assists by a Rookie leaderboards, with 2 remaining games against Chesapeake to look to climb up further.

Max Adler has placed 5th on the Single-Season Faceoff Wins leaders so far this season with 242 wins for Denver over the first 14 games, averaging over 17 faceoff wins per game.

Alex Woodall is already sitting at #5 on the all-time leaderboard for Ground Balls in a Season with 131 GBs, still with 2 games left to play this season. Woodall is also a nominee for the 2019 Cascade Rookie of the Year for his league-leading faceoff skills.

Best Passing Teams

Atlanta Blaze - 70.7% GWA (145 Assists & 205 Goals)

Denver Outlaws - 53.0% GWA (106 Assists & 200 Goals)

New York Lizards - 52.8% GWA (93 Assists & 176 Goals)

Chesapeake Bayhawks - 48.4% GWA (92 Assists & 190 Goals)

Boston Cannons - 41.9% GWA (80 Assists & 191 Goals)

Dallas Rattlers - 38.3% GWA (67 Assists & 169 Goals) 

These rankings are based on the percent of a team's goals that are assisted. The acronym GWA stands for Goals With an Assist

Ground Ball Percent's Rankings

Denver Outlaws - 58.8% 

Atlanta Blaze - 51.1%

Boston Cannons - 49.7%

Chesapeake Bayhawks - 49.0%

New York Lizards - 47.6%

Dallas Rattlers - 46.6% 

These rankings are based on the percent of all available ground balls in a game that a certain team scoops up.

Team Faceoff Percent's Rankings

Denver Outlaws - 58.3% 

Atlanta Blaze - 52.4%

New York Lizards - 50%

Chesapeake Bayhawks - 49.1%

Boston Cannons - 48.3%

Dallas Rattlers - 41.6% 

These rankings are based on the percent of all faceoffs in a game that a certain team wins.

Caused Turnovers - Turnovers Ratio Rankings

Chesapeake Bayhawks - 1.63 CTTR

Boston Cannons - 1.89 CTTR

Dallas Rattlers - 1.97 CTTR

Denver Outlaws - 2.26 CTTR

New York Lizards - 2.33 CTTR

Atlanta Blaze - 2.68 CTTR

These rankings are based on which teams have the best ratio of caused turnover to turnovers. For example, if a team has a 3 CTTR (Caused Turnover-Turnover Ratio) then for every Caused Turnover they force they give up 3 Turnovers.

Week 14 Team Shots on Goal Efficiency (SOGE) Rankings

Atlanta Blaze - 51.7% SOGE (15 Goals & 29 SOG)

Denver Outlaws - 50% SOGE (15 Goals & 30 SOG)

Boston Cannons - 48.0% SOGE (12 Goals & 25 SOG)

Dallas Rattlers - 45.2% SOGE (14 Goals & 31 SOG)

New York Lizards - 44.4% SOGE (12 Goals & 27 SOG)

Chesapeake Bayhawks - 37.9% SOGE (11 Goals & 29 SOG) 

Team SOGE Season Rankings

Atlanta Blaze - 56.3% SOGE (205 Goals & 364 SOG)

Boston Cannons - 51.9% SOGE (191 Goals & 368 SOG)

Denver Outlaws - 51.0% SOGE (200 Goals & 392 SOG)

Dallas Rattlers - 50.1% SOGE (183 Goals & 365 SOG)

Chesapeake Bayhawks - 49.4% SOGE (190 Goals & 385 SOG)

New York Lizards - 48.0% SOGE (176 Goals & 367 SOG)

2019 Season: Home & Away Record is 18-25

Every Teams Home & Away Records so far this season

Atlanta Blaze

Home Record: 3-4

Away Record: 5-2

Boston Cannons

Home Record: 3-4

Away Record: 5-2

Chesapeake Bayhawks

Home Record: 3-4

Away Record: 5-2

Dallas Rattlers

Home Record: 2-6

Away Record: 4-3

Denver Outlaws

Home Record: 5-2

Away Record: 4-3

New York Lizards

Home Record: 2-5

Away Record: 2-6

Best Week 14 Performances

Bryan Cole/ Blaze - 6 points (2 Goals & 4 Assists) & 3 Ground Balls

Kevin Crowley/ Lizards - 5 points (5 Goals)

Bryce Wasserman/ Rattlers - 5 points (4 Goals & 1 Assist)

Brendan Kearns/ Lizards - 5 points (3 Goals & 2 Assists)

Tommy Palasek/ Blaze - 5 points (2 Goals & 3 Assists) & 3 Ground Balls

Rob Pannell/ Lizards - 5 points (1 Goal & 4 Assists) & 2 Ground Balls

Randy Staats/ Blaze - 5 points (1 Goal & 4 Assists) & 1 Ground Ball


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