Title

Optimal empirical game plan for box lacrosse

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

4-21-2018

Department

Mathematics

Abstract

As the horizon of sports analytics has continued to expand throughout this decade, lacrosse has consistently been overlooked. Working with the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League throughout the 2017-2018 season has opened the opportunity to begin pioneering analytics in box lacrosse. Recording the offensive and defensive tendencies on a possession-by-possession basis by both the Rochester Knighthawks and their opponents has created empirical data to make inferences on the value of shots by the following variables: distances and target on net, efficiency through the number of shots in a possession and over the course of twelve, five-minute chunks that make up the 60 minutes of a single lacrosse game, when in the shot clock shot opportunities are taken, and how possessions end. With these inferences, conclusions can be drawn to develop potential optimal empirical offensive and defensive game plans to, in turn, substantially improve a team’s chances of winning any given game.

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Presented at the 7th Annual Conference of the Upstate New York Chapters of the American Statistical Association in Rochester, New York, April 21, 2018.

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