One potential byproduct of the new rules in men's college lacrosse this season: more disparity in offensive efficiency, a stat that looks at goals per offensive possession and adjusts for strength of schedule.
In data from Brian Coughlin, a stats expert who has done analysis for Division I programs and contributes to Inside Lacrosse, Denver has the league's highest adjusted offensive efficiency. The Pioneers score at 51 percent (numbers adjusted for strength of schedule). That's markedly higher than last season's best, Massachusetts' 42 percent.
Maryland (43 percent, No. 3), Mount St. Mary's (40 percent, No. 7) and Loyola (37percent) are also among the nation's best.
•Binghamton (4-4) has not given up more than 12 goals this season, and only three opponents have reached double figures — Cornell, Colgate and Penn State. But that's not the most interesting stat about the Bearcats' defense.
Binghamton is on an unusual streak: It enters Saturday having not been called for a penalty in 106:48 dating to the first quarter of a loss to Penn State on March 19. The Bearcats were not called for a penalty in a victory over Quinnipiac last Saturday.
There are no senior starters on the defense, either, for second-year coach Scott Nelson. The lineup is junior goalie Max Schefler, junior defensemen Greg Cove and Shawn Needham, and freshman Chris Bechle.
•Penn State's big midweek win at Bucknell was surprisinggiven how the Bison were playing leading up to it. But with Bucknell's history in midweek games, it's even more so.
Bucknell had won six midweek games in a row entering the contest against Penn State on Tuesday. Moreover, of the nine midweek losses, five were by two goals or one goal.
One reason Bucknell is tough in midweek games is it uses a 10-man ride, which can be difficult for opponents to face even with a full week to prepare, let alone only a day or two afforded by a midweek game. This is something Cornell struggled with in Bucknell's upset win; the Big Red had six failed clears and 10 turnovers in the second half.
•Shawn Carter, a sophomore attackman-midfielder from Mount St. Joseph, has committed orally to Mercer. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound recruit plays for Chesapeake Rock, attending Summer Sizzle, Rider MVP, Baltimore Summer Kickoff, Tri-State, UPLax and Loyola Shootout camps, where he was an All-Star. He also plays basketball. Carter considered UMBC, Towson, Villanova and Lehigh as well.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun