Roadmap to Destruction: Colgate's Dynamiting of Robert Morris

via rhinolacrosse.com

Colgate was in no mood to put up with Robert Morris' nonsense this weekend. It probably had a lot to do with spending a weekend in Pittsburgh, which is kind of like getting sweaters from your grandmother on Christmas but you never get the store receipt on the purchase to take advantage of live-saving return policies.

The Raiders went berserk against the Colonials, dumping in 24 goals on 14 assists. Peter Baum -- apparently drinking the same Central New York animal water than Rob Pannell has been ingesting -- went for a meager 10 points on eight goals and two assists. (His victims have been identified as "Everyone.") Baum didn't do it alone, though: Ryan Walsh went for six points (3G, 3A); Matt Baker went for five (2G, 3A); Brendon McCann pitched it four (3G, 1A); and Jeff Ledwick had three (2G, 1A). In totem, this group accounted for 75 percent of Colgate's goal output on the day and 71.43 percent of the team's assists.

Yeah, that happened.

When you also consider that the Raiders' offensive efficiency (goals per 100 offensive possessions) on the day was a gaudy 48.98 and that the team had an assist rate (assists per 100 offensive possessions) of 14.04, it becomes pretty clear that Colgate was basically the Marines invading some country in the Caribbean with a naval brigade consisting of "Dan's canoe over there."

I decided to pull apart Colgate's performance and do a share/distribution chart, mostly because I'm a loser and I have nothing better to do. The scoring and sharing charts below come to a shocking conclusion concomitant with a shocking offensive explosion: 90.63 percent of the 32 points that Colgate generated on the day are attributable to the five guys I referenced above. That's a very high concentration -- enough to generate nuclear power, I think -- of point-generation, even for a team that leans heavily upon one player (Baum) to detonate dynamite.

Here's the scoring distribution chart. It's pretty easy to understand. For example, Baum and Baker hooked up for a score two times against Robert Morris; of Colgate's 24 goals, three were attributable to Baum doing all the heavy lifting by himself; etc.

COLGATE'S SCORING DISTRIBUTION VERSUS ROBERT MORRIS
RANK TANDEM FREQUENCY
1. Baum-Unassisted 3
2. Baum-Grabher 2
Baum-Baker 2
Walsh-Unassisted 2
McCann-Unassisted 2
6. Baum-McCann 1
Baum-Ledwick 1
Baum-Walsh 1
Baker-Ledwick 1
Ryan-Lawrence 1
Braddish-Unassisted 1
Baker-Walsh 1
Wilson-Walsh 1
Clarkson-Unassisted 1
Kirchner-Braddish 1
Boyle-Unassisted 1
Baker-McCann 1
Ledwick-Walsh 1

Obviously Baum was the biggest cog in the Raider attack on Saturday, but a plurality of his scores came from folks throwing him a helper. Sharing is caring! That's also what makes an offense impossible to stop.

Here's the share chart for Colgate against Robert Morris. I've limited the chart to the five major pieces of the Raiders' puzzle on Saturday. As you can see, Baum was the hub -- Duh! He tallied 10 points, moron! -- but there were good relationships happening among the five noted undertakers:

Colgatedistributionrmu_medium

Here's how to read this thing. Everything is color coded, so even a six year-old can figure it out. Follow the colors. For example, Baker provided Baum with two assists; Baum provided Walsh with one. So on and so forth. Just follow the colored stripes to and from each name.

Colgate isn't likely to have this kind of balance -- or layered concentrated scoring -- throughout the season, but it's performance agaisnt Robert Morris still stands as a thing of beauty.

Also, Robert Morris kind of stinks. Stop somebody, will you?!?

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