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: Massachusetts Minutemen
2013 Record: 7-8 (2-4, THUNDERDOME!)
2013 Strength of Schedule (Efficiency Margin): 2.83 (7)
2012 Strength of Schedule (Efficiency Margin): 0.67 (27)
Winning Percentage Change from 2012: -47.08%
2013 Efficiency Margin: -0.31 (31)
Efficiency Margin Change from 2012: -14.50
II. "ATTA BOY!" FACT
- Massachusetts does what Massachusetts does. It doesn't matter the point in the season, the particular opponent, or the circumstances suffocating the particular game . . . the Minutemen play their game, bending the pace of play in their favor and exercising patience as its modus operandi. To wit:
MASSACHUSETTS' CONTROLS THE UNIVERSE METRIC VALUE NATIONAL RANK Pace 62.31 56 Opportunities per 60 Minutes Margin +3.33 9 Possession Ratio 52.67% 9 Faceoff Percentage 57.59% 8 Clearing Percentage 87.17% 27 Riding Percentage 15.44%) 20 MASSACHUSETTS' STYLE IN MOSTER WINS OPPONENT UMASS' CHANCE OF VICTORY TEMPO POSSESSION MARGIN FINAL SCORE North Carolina 22.29% 67 +3 12-11 Lehigh 28.21% 68 +2 6-4
III. "YOU'RE GROUNDED UNTIL YOU QUALIFY FOR THE AARP!" FACT
- The first place to start is Massachusetts' regression from 2012 to 2013, arguably Division I's most notable decrease in performance strength over that period (Navy is also in the conversation) . . .
MASSACHUSETTS' REGRESSION: 2012 TO 2013 METRIC 2012 2013 Pythagorean Win Expectation 79.34% (1) 49.19% (31) Adjusted Efficiency Margin 14.91 (1) -0.31 (31) Adjusted Offensive Efficiency 40.30(1) 30.11 (27) Adjusted Defensive Efficiency 26.11 (11) 30.42 (26)
IV. MR. FIX-IT HAS A ONE-FIX ENGAGEMENT, AND IT'S . . .
- The key (and this is really for any team) is to avoid the streakiness. Massachusetts suffered through a four-game losing streak last season and then followed it up with a three-game winless streak in the heart of their conference schedule. That's how a promising season goes sour. The Minutemen haven't been susceptible to this in the recent past, but Massachusetts will, in 2014, have a different look than they did in 2013, attempting to replace key assets -- Will Manny, Kyle Smith, Bobby Tyler, Ryan Hollenbaugh, Colin Fleming, and Jake Smith -- that helped drive their success. If Grant Whiteway and Zach Oliveri can serve as tent pole performers that can create consistency for a team that will look very unlike its 2012 incarnation, Massachusetts should remain in a decent position in the ever-difficult THUNDERDOME!