2017 Ranking System Details



WHY DO WE USE THIS RANKING SYSTEM?

The purpose of instituting a new ranking system in Fall 2013 was to have a system that more accurately ranks teams against other teams in the league. In previous seasons, if a team wins a game, they get 2 points towards their record – regardless of what team they play. There is no consideration for the strength of the opponent. This new system rewards teams who win or tie against the teams with stronger records. With this system we want to motivate teams to grow within the sport, and reward teams for playing above their level within a challenging schedule.

“A” vs. “B” TEAMS

All teams (new and returning) are categorized as either an “A” team or a “B” team. A full team can be an “A” or “B” team and an Honorary team can be an “A” or a “B” team. The A/B split is only used for ranking purposes.

▪ “A” Teams: > 1.25 average game points per game from the previous fall season

▪ “B” Teams: ≤ 1.25 average game points per game from the previous fall season

OR a team that played less than 5 games in the previous fall season

OR a new team to the league

The purpose of categorizing teams is so that we can assign different game points (for a win/loss/tie) based on the type of opponent you play. If you play and win/tie against an “A” team will earn you more game points (towards your current fall season ranking) than if you play and win/tie against a “B” team. Instead of the traditional 2 points for a win and 1 point for a tie, your team will be awarded a certain number of game points toward winning percentage according to whether you played and won/tied against an “A” or “B” team. Losses are always zero no matter which team you play.

HOW WE CATEGORIZED TEAMS

▪ Using the historical data from the previous year’s fall scores, all teams are ranked and their average game points per game are calculated.

▪ Only teams that played 5 or more games in the previous season were analyzed when determining the split between A/B divisions. We did this because we felt we couldn’t accurately “rank” a team that played 4 or fewer games.

▪ All new teams are categorized as a “B” team because we have no past scores for them.

GAME POINTS AWARDED

Teams are ranked by their average game points per game. Average game points per game is derived by taking the total number of points and dividing that by the total number of games played. Points are assigned as follows:

▪ Teams will receive 3 game points if they beat an “A” team and 2 game points if they tie an “A” team.

▪ Teams will receive 2 game points if they beat a “B” team and 1 game point if they tie a “B” team.

▪ Losses are always zero no matter which team you play.

▪ Forfeit wins are 2 points regardless of your opponent. Forfeit losses are 0 points.

▪ All points would be divided by the number of games played.

▪ All tie-breakers remain the same.

OLD SYSTEM - GAME POINTS AWARDED TO YOUR TEAM

NEW SYSTEM - GAME POINTS AWARDED TO YOUR TEAM

OPPONENT

W

T

L

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FL

OPPONENT

W

T

L

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Any Team

2

1

0

2

0

“A” TEAM

3

2

0

2

0

“B” TEAM

2

1

0

2

0

1st place goes to the team with the highest average game points per game. Average game points per game is derived by taking the total number of game points and dividing that by the total number of games played.

If there is a tie between teams, then the following is applied until the tie is broken:

  • Average Goal Differential – average goals scored for the season minus average goals allowed for the season
  • o Average Goals Scored for the season – total number of goals scored divided by the total number of games played.
  • o Average Goals Allowed for the season – total number of goals allowed divided by the total number of games played.
  • Head to Head – the two teams who are in a tie will have their games viewed for the season. Whichever team has the highest number of points in that outcome wins. For example, if Team A beats Team B during the season, in the event of a tie between Team A and Team B, Team A would advance.
  • Average Goals Scored for the season – total number of goals scored divided by the total number of games played.
  • Average Goals Allowed for the season – total number of goals allowed divided by the total number of games played.

The top 16 teams in the league will advance to the Fall Championship.



2017 "A" Teams



Boston College

College of the Holy Cross

Duke University

East Carolina University

George Washington University

Georgetown University

High Point University

James Madison University

Messiah College

Northeastern University

Ohio State University

Penn State University

Rutgers University

Saint Josephs University

Temple University

United States Naval Academy

University of Connecticut

University of Delaware

University of Maryland

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh

University of Vermont

University of Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Tech




2017 "B" Teams



American University

Brown University

Bucknell University

Christopher Newport University

Clemson University

Coastal Carolina University

College of William and Mary

Connecticut College

Dartmouth College

Drexel University

Elon University

Emmanuel College

Emory University

Fairfield University

Florida State University

George Mason University

Grove City College

Harvard University

Indiana University

Johns Hopkins University

Lafayette College

Lehigh University

Longwood University

Loyola University Maryland

Lynchburg College

Miami University

Monmouth University

Montclair State University

Mount St. Marys University

Old Dominion University

Philadelphia University

Rowan University

Sacred Heart University

Saint Anselm College

Salisbury University

Stevenson University

Stony Brook University

The College of New Jersey

The University of Alabama

Towson University

University of Florida

University of Maine

University of Mary Washington

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Lowell

University of New Haven

University of North Carolina - Charlotte

University of North Carolina Wilmington

University of Notre Dame

University of Rhode Island

University of Richmond

University of Tampa

University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Villanova University

Wake Forest University

Washington College

Washington University in St. Louis

West Chester University

West Virginia University

Xavier University



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