The mind-blowing stats behind one men's college lacrosse team's 52-0 game

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Colorado Mesa's men's lacrosse team scored an average of one goal every minute in a record-setting game this week. (Getty Images)
Colorado Mesa's men's lacrosse team scored an average of one goal every minute in a record-setting game this week. (Getty Images)

There comes a point where controlling the game is no longer fun and the Colorado Mesa Mavericks men’s lacrosse team hit that threshold against Johnson and Wales- Denver.

The Mavericks won, 52-0, in a shortened Division II game Tuesday that set the record for most goals in a game by nearly 20 scores. The previous Division II record for goals in a game was 35, set by Florida Southern earlier this season.

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It broke the mark of 33 goals set last year by Colorado Mesa against Johnson and Wales. It’s the only two games the two programs have played against each other.

It beat even the overall NCAA record of 40 goals by a single team in a game, which Roanoke hit in a 1993 win over Virginia Wesleyan as a Division III competition.

For comparison sake, Limestone, the highest-scoring Division II men’s team this year, is averaging 18.77 goals per game. Colorado Mesa is now averaging 16.36, seventh in the nation.

The Mavericks led, 29-0, at the half. Harrison Evans scored the 52nd goal with 7:37 remaining and was hit by a JWU player. He left in a neck brace and was taken to the hospital, according to The Daily Sentinel, and the game was stopped.

A 52-0 drubbing results in quite a few new marks and notable statistics. Here are some of the craziest stats, taken from the official box score:

  • At 52 goals over 52:23 of playing time, the Mavericks averaged approximately a goal a minute. With 81 total shots, they averaged 1.55 shots per minute. And with 68 total shots on goal, they averaged about 1.3 shot attempts on goal per minute of play.

  • Colorado Mesa dominated ground balls (74-9) and face offs (53-3). The team was perfect (15-for-15) on clears. The Mavericks also won the turnover battle, 24-8.

  • Johnson and Wales had zero registered shots. Their goalies had 16 saves. And the defense was only able to clear six of 17 times.

  • There were 21 Mavericks who scored goals out of 47 total players listed on the team’s roster. Four of those players are goalies and 15 are defense.

  • Jason Kauo led the team with six goals and a total nine players had at least three: Jack Griffin (5), Beau Lansdown (5), Brandon Wilson (4), Carson Schwark (4), Ethan Gant (4), Johnny Cary (3), Blake Amiatu (3), Chase Overton (3).

  • Six players had at least three assists. Kauo, Wilson and Cary each had four. Lansdown, Tanner Watson and Schwark each had three.

  • The team’s total 31 assists places them second on the NCAA single-game leader list. Roanoke had 36 in the 1993 game over Virginia Wesleyan. Aurora had 28 in 2013.

  • Kauo had 10 points, followed by eight points from Wilson and Lansdown.

Colorado Mesa initially posted a recap to its athletic website, as all collegiate teams do after games, but later pulled it. Johnson and Wales is currently a Year 1 provisional Division III member in the midst of transitioning from an NAIA school. The Wildcats have 18 players on the roster and lost the majority of their games by at least 20 goals.

(H/T Sports Illustrated)


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