ACC Lacrosse Tournament Participant Profile: Maryland

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 30: Head coach John Tillman (C) looks on from the sidelines against the Virginia Cavaliers during the second half at M&T Bank Stadium on May 30, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. Virginia defeated Maryland 9-7. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Every Division I tournament. Every team. College Crosse has it all on lockdown. Please send cookies and naptime. Today we're slashing to bits the ACC Tournament.

It isn't always the prettiest thing you'll see when the Terrapins run their 10 out on the field, but John Tillman looks to have his charges headed in the right direction. (That direction appears, at least right now, to be anywhere except "the UMBC game.") Maryland scored a big ol' kill against Johns Hopkins last week at Homewood Field and are a stealthy contender for top ACC honors this season despite its 1-2 regular season campaign.

Anyway, here's the heat on Maryland.


For a more complete, mind-bending picture, here's a .pdf of the complete report.

Record 7-3 (1-2) Clear % 90.40% (3)
Adj. Off. Efficiency 36.85 (4) Opp. Clear % 84.52% (36)
Adj. Def. Efficiency 23.68 (8) Faceoff % 48.64% (38)
Poss. Percentage 50.99% (20) Pace 60.80 (53)
Off. Poss./60 min. 31.00 (47)
DEFENSIVE STATS Def. Poss./60 min. 29.80 (7)
Save Percentage 56.1
Saves/Def. Poss. 0.33 (23) OFFENSIVE STATS
Opp. Sht. %. 25.85% (11) Goal Differential +37
Opp. Effective Sht. % 26.59% (11) Shooting % 31.39% (15)
Def. Assist Rate 14.77 (18) Effective Sht. % 32.18% (12)
Man-Down/Def. Poss. 0.12 (46) Assist Rate 20.97 (13)
Man-Down Conversion % 36.11% (36) EMO per Off. Poss. 0.09 (44)
Man-Down Reliance 0.17 (53) EMO Conversion % 41.38% (17)
C/T per Def. Poss. 0.28 (55) EMO Reliance 0.11 (43)
Turnovers/Off. Poss. 0.39 (6)
Opp. Saves/Off. Poss. 0.33 (39)

Three pieces of incredibly important information from my brain to your eyes via your Internet computing machine:

  • Maryland doesn't get as many offensive possessions as most teams -- only 14 teams play fewer offensive possessions per 60 minutes of play -- but the Terrapins get as much out of those opportunities with the bean as anyone: Only three teams have scored on a more efficient basis so far this season than Maryland. Owen Blye, Joe Cummings, and John Haus are the big three here that are driving the efficiency, but cats like Billy Gribbin and Drew Snider make this Terrapins' offense like a rabid dog. If pieces of that crew are working well together -- as evidenced through the high team offensive assist rate -- Maryland becomes as dangerous as any outfit in the nation.
  • Duke is going to want to push the pace some on Friday, but Maryland is going to do their due diligence to try and deflate the possession rate. The Terrapins are, once again, one of the most patient teams in the country in terms of total number of possessions played per 60 minutes of action, and they'll be more than comfortable in going at it at a plodding pace. Maryland may pick their spots to go, but they'd like to insulate that Terrapins defense from exposure opportunities and the easiest way to do that is through patience and driving the pace of this thing into the ground.
  • Two facts: (1) Duke plays man-down almost as much as any team in the country (the Blue Devils are in the bottom-ten in the country in man-down situations per defensive possession); (2) Maryland doesn't necessarily play a lot of offensive possessions with the personnel imbalance. If Duke gets a little too feisty and the Terrapins can unleash their man-up unit against the Blue Devils, Maryland could really get the momentum working in their direction. It would be like the Duke-Syracuse game at MetLife Stadium, except that the Terrapins convert at a decent rate on the man-up and has the potentially provide a deathblow to Duke via those situations.

For more on Maryland's opponent -- Duke -- check out the Blue Devils' profile here.

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