Lacrosse Efficiency Rank Improvements and Regressions: 2010 to 2011

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A friend sent me an email the other day asking about Penn State the difference Jeff Tambroni had made on the program in just one season.  

Now, I have no real good way to answer that question.  In fact, my response to the email was, "They're better; they'll win a THUNDERDOME! championship in at least one of the next two or three seasons."  It was a totally garbage answer, but I felt comfortable with it because it was sent in the middle of the night and the only reason I was awake was because people were screaming outside of my apartment window after getting ousted from the Go-Go club next door.

After thinking about the question on my morning commute -- I have a truly mind-numbing existence -- I decided it might be worthwhile to publish some efficiency rank changes from 2010 to 2011.  In the overall, I think these kinds of tables are pretty useless: Each year has its own circumstances, and to compare performances year-to-year really raises some issues as to application and value.

At a more granular level, this stuff is fun and it probably keeps people from emailing about how teams have improved or regressed from year-to-year.  That second piece is especially important to me, mostly because a constantly vibrating Blackberry will soon become a non-vibrating Blackberry due to it being shattered into a thousand therapeutic pieces.

So, here's the full efficiency rank improvements and regressions from 2010 and 2011.  Print it out, stick it on your refrigerator, send it to your grandmother in lieu of flowers or actual love . . . I don't care what you do with it.  Immediately below, I'll provide tables for the top-five biggest rank gainers and losers in each of the three categories.

ADJUSTED OFFENSIVE EFFICIENCY
TEAM '11 RANK '11 VALUE '10 RANK '10 VALUE RANK +/-
Lehigh 16 30.34 43 25.26 27
Albany 29 28.14 55 22.13 26
Notre Dame 13 31.42 38 26.88 25
Mt. St. Mary's 9 32.78 25 29.40 16
Yale 19 29.16 35 26.96 16
Towson 42 26.14 26 29.27 -16
Princeton 28 28.17 8 33.84 -20
Delaware 41 26.27 14 32.62 -27
Lafayette 36 26.86 4 35.22 -32
Brown 52 22.98 9 33.79 -43

ADJUSTED DEFENSIVE EFFICIENCY
TEAM '11 RANK '11 VALUE '10 RANK '10 VALUE RANK +/-
Penn State 20 26.46 55 34.54 35
Pennsylvania 11 24.93 45 31.85 34
Detroit 19 26.22 51 32.48 32
Binghamton 24 26.77 49 32.28 25
Colgate 26 27.02 48 32.09 22
Holy Cross 52 31.89 24 27.46 -28
Jacksonville 41 29.90 11 25.13 -30
Drexel 45 30.34 14 25.94 -31
Bryant 34 28.70 3 22.60 -31
Navy 49 31.08 10 25.03 -39

ADJUSTED EFFICIENCY MARGIN
TEAM '11 RANK '11 VALUE '10 RANK '10 VALUE RANK +/-
Detroit 33 -0.87 55 -9.87 22
Colgate 27 1.04 48 -5.96 21
Pennsylvania 17 3.88 38 -2.62 21
Penn State 25 1.62 45 -5.03 20
Air Force 34 -1.09 53 -8.43 19
Holy Cross 56 -12.37 39 -3.78 -17
Bryant 43 -2.96 25 1.97 -18
Navy 42 -2.94 20 2.93 -22
Brown 44 -3.00 10 5.78 -34
Lafayette 50 -6.10 15 3.34 -15
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