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Lacrosse the Internet: January 20, 2014

Richmond readies, more countdowns, and other stuff.

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Richmond lacrosse readies for inaugural season
The hardest thing to do is to start. That applies to lacrosse and lots of other things. In the context of Division I ball, though, the deck is heavily stacked against neophyte programs in their first efforts on the field:

  • The average LaxPower ranking of new programs since 2011 is 57.75. (For context, there were 61 teams that played at the Division I level in 2011 and 2012; 2013 saw 63 participating teams.)
  • The average Pythagorean win expectation for new programs since 2011 was just 19.19 percent. The high watermark among new programs in this metric is 27.69 percent, the value that Marquette achieved last year.
  • The average record for new programs since 2011 was 3-11. That's in lockstep with these teams' Pythagorean win expectation based on a 14-game schedule (which means that new programs were neither overachieving or underachieving).

It doesn't sound like much, but winning three games would be huge for the Spiders. Playing in the Atlantic Sun will help the team's overall win-loss record, but getting three wins in the program's first tour would be right in line with where peer start-ups were.


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