2012 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament: (4) Notre Dame at (1) Loyola Overview

May 20, 2012; Chester, PA USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish attack Sean Rogers (18) celebrates his goal with teammate Eric Keppeler (24) during the second half of the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinals against the Virginia Cavaliers at PPL Park. The Fighting Irish won 12-10. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

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Here we go, boys and girls. Championship Weekend is mere hours away; this is what the founders of the country expected out of us 200 years after they signed the Declaration of Independence. (I think).

The opener for the weekend is sweetness wrapped in a sugar-coated hug, pitting surging Notre Dame against what has been one of the most balanced teams all year -- Loyola. The Greyhounds are in their first Final Four since 1998 while Notre Dame is in its second in the last three seasons. Both are looking for their first-ever NCAA title, so things are kind of important from here on out.

SEMIFINAL I: (4) NOTRE DAME AT (1) LOYOLA

When I usually look at these charts, there's usually a few things that pop immediately as potential game-changing metrics. With the Irish and Greyhounds, there is great tension between each team's strengths which should produce some interesting results on the field on Saturday.

Detailed profiles will follow, but for now, here's how each team stacks up in some legacy metrics:

LOYOLA GREYHOUNDS
BIG STATS PACE STATS
Record 16-1 Clear % 91.59% (1)
Adj. Off. Efficiency 34.25 (12) Opp. Clear % 82.50% (21)
Adj. Def. Efficiency 24.24 (6) Faceoff % 53.25% (21)
Poss. Percentage 53.39% (4) Pace 67.38 (20)
Off. Poss./60 min. 35.98 (8)
DEFENSIVE STATS Def. Poss./60 min. 31.41 (20)
Save Percentage 52.4%
Saves/Def. Poss. 0.26 (57) OFFENSIVE STATS
Opp. Sht. %. 25.20% (8) Goal Differential +84
Opp. Effective Sht. % 25.75% (8) Shooting % 30.21% (28)
Def. Assist Rate 0.13 (6) Effective Sht. % 30.90% (23)
Man-Down/Def. Poss. 0.09 (15) Assist Rate 0.21 (11)
Man-Down Conversion % 36.96% (35) EMO per Off. Poss. 0.08 (53)
Man-Down Reliance 0.13 (41) EMO Conversion % 48.00% (4)
C/T per Def. Poss. 0.30 (1) EMO Reliance 0.11 (37)
Turnovers/Off. Poss. 0.36 (2)
Opp. Saves/Off. Poss. 0.04 (54)

NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH
BIG STATS PACE STATS
Record 13-2 Clear % 89.20% (6)
Adj. Off. Efficiency 28.98 (59) Opp. Clear % 87.68% (53)
Adj. Def. Efficiency 28.85 (3) Faceoff % 47.87% (40)
Poss. Percentage 50.11% (31) Pace 57.82 (61)
Off. Poss./60 min. 28.98 (59)
DEFENSIVE STATS Def. Poss./60 min. 28.85 (3)
Save Percentage 63.8%
Saves/Def. Poss. 0.37 (12) OFFENSIVE STATS
Opp. Sht. %. 19.75% (1) Goal Differential +39
Opp. Effective Sht. % 19.89% (1) Shooting % 27.42% (41)
Def. Assist Rate 0.14 (8) Effective Sht. % 27.70% (47)
Man-Down/Def. Poss. 0.07 (7) Assist Rate 0.14 (48)
Man-Down Conversion % 11.76% (1) EMO per Off. Poss. 0.07 (59)
Man-Down Reliance 0.04 (1) EMO Conversion % 24.24% (52)
C/T per Def. Poss. 0.20 (37) EMO Reliance 0.06 (60)
Turnovers/Off. Poss. 0.47 (34)
Opp. Saves/Off. Poss. 0.33 (44)

More deadly information after the jump.

HUMAN DEATHRAYS: NOTRE DAME AT LOYOLA
TEAM PLAYER T.O.V. RANK P.S.I. RANK TEAM PLAYER T.O.V. RANK P.S.I. RANK
Loyola E. Lusby 9.8093 30 3.19 12 Notre Dame J. Marlatt 6.7342 122 1.69 91
Loyola M. Sawyer 9.6485 34 3.23 11 Notre Dame S. Rogers 6.5097 134 2.05 88
Loyola J. Ward 6.5931 127 2.63 43
Loyola D. Butts 5.3067 184 2.28 43

T.O.V. = Total Offensive Value (individual points per 100 offensive possessions). This is updated through all games played by May 20, 2012.
Rank = National T.O.V. rank. This is updated through all games played by May 20, 2012.

So, that's your overview. Who are you taking to win on Saturday afternoon?

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