You spent the better part of four months meticulously dissecting the 2013 college lacrosse season. You shouldn't stop now because cold turkey is a bad way to go through life, man. College Crosse is providing decompression snapshots of all 63 teams and their 2013 campaigns, mostly because everything needs a proper burial.
I. VITAL SIGNS
Team: Marist Red Foxes
2013 Record: 10-4 (5-1, MAAC)
2013 Strength of Schedule (Efficiency Margin): -4.93 (60)
2012 Strength of Schedule (Efficiency Margin): -1.21 (43)
Winning Percentage Change from 2012: +28.57%
2013 Efficiency Margin: -0.34 (32)
Efficiency Margin Change from 2012: +2.68
II. "ATTA BOY!" FACT
- There are teams that are possession-generating animals and then there are the teams that generate possessions and decimate the opposition with a greedy attitude that makes you wonder whether they're possessed by the simple existence of a rubberized ball. Marist was one of those teams in 2013, a hawkish group that both generated possession and dispossessed the opponent of the bean as if it was written in canonical law that the Red Foxes had a right to the property:
MARIST'S "MINE! MINE! MINE!" MENTALITY METRIC VALUE RANK Opportunities per 60 Minutes Margin 3.69 8th Faceoff Percentage 53.12% 21st Clearing Percentage 90.07% 7th Riding Percentage 18.32% 4th Caused Turnovers per 100 Defensive Opportunities 27.89 8th Opponent Unforced Turnovers per 100 Defensive Opportunities 26.36 9th Opponent Turnovers per 100 Defensive Opportunities 54.25 3rd
III. "YOU'RE GROUNDED UNTIL YOU QUALIFY FOR THE AARP!" FACT
- For all the good that Marist accomplished this season -- a 10-win campaign despite only putting together performances that expected around seven victories; a MAAC regular season championship and the first overall seed in the league tournament; important wins over Towson, Stony Brook, and Siena, etc. -- the Red Foxes engaged in activity that should come with a slap upside the head: A season-ending fade that took the shine off of Marist's diamond. It's not just that Marist seemingly lost its volition at the end of April and early May; it's that the Red Foxes fell apart against two opponents it should have annihilated:
MARIST'S DUBIOUS EXIT FROM 2013 OPPONENT MARIST'S CHANCE OF VICTORY FINAL SCORE Manhattan 73.09% 12-14 (L) Detroit 63.62% 6-7 (L)
IV. MR. FIX-IT HAS A ONE-FIX ENGAGEMENT, AND IT'S . . .
- Marist is losing a ton of contributors going into 2014. The Red Foxes' roster featured 13 (!) seniors last season, and the vast majority of them were valuable to the Marist universe: Connor Rice, Jack Doherty, Jim Marks, Aedan Herman, Patrick Wall, T.J. McDermott, Ethan Fox, Mike O'Hagan, and Matt Dugan. That's a lot of starts and a lot of cogs to replace. Turnover and transition is going to be a major issue for Keegan Wilkinson entering 2014, and focus needs to be on building responsibility cores, assigning roles, and establishing deep leadership due to the large void left by the Red Foxes departing senior class. It's not quite learning how to get on and off the bus for Marist, but it is reestablishing how the program performs in a different kind of era for the program.