Player Impact Ratings for D1-D3 for the 2012 Lacrosse Season

Who's the best player at attack in the men's or women's college ranks? In more seasons than not, questions like that generate considerable debate. Assessments of players - including those involved in the selection of All-Americans - tend to be quite subjective. On the other hand, looking at traditional individual player statistics in isolation can be misleading.

Larry Feldman, who started and still maintains the computer ratings program, began working on statistics-based ratings of players earlier this year. His latest effort, which covers the 2012 season for all three men's and women's divisions in the NCAA, is Player Impact Ratings, which to our eye do a better job at taking teams' schedule strength into account. Therefore, a player on a top team facing a tough group of opponents isn't disadvantaged relative to a player on a lesser team whose opponents are on average much weaker.

The player ratings for the 2012 season can be accessed at the link below. Simply use the Division and Position selectors to view the area(s) of interest to you.

2012 Player Impact Ratings

Ratings/rankings are available for the four primary positions for each of the three men's and three women's NCAA divisions. To see the full sets of rankings and explanations for what goes into them, head to the link at the top of the listings. The site also has a wealth of other data that you may find of interest.

Weekly updates sometime after the 2013 season is underway are planned. More information will be posted then, and a box with the link above will be added to the home page, so you can check the player ratings/rankings whenever you wish.


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