The assist has long been the benchmark for ranking passers in lacrosse; a legacy stat that has its faults. The metric ignores the opportunities passers create that do not result in a goal. Shooters in the PLL missed 992 assisted shots last season; historically the passer who set up these shots had not been credited.
The advanced stat, assist opportunities, aims to shine light on those who create offense. AOs are a better indicator of playmaking ability than traditional assists.
10 . Joe Walters
Teammates converted on 11 of Walters’ 36 assist opportunities (29%).
9 (Tied). Paul Rabil
The Bulls netted 13 of Rabil’s 38 assist opportunities (34%).
9 (Tied) . Justin Guterding
Guterding had 16 assists on 38 assist opportunities (42%).
7 (tied). Kieran McArdle
McArdle’s teammates finished 14 of his 41 assist opportunities (34%).
4. Jordan Wolf
Wolf created 55 assist opportunities, Chrome shooters finished 16 (29%).
3. Connor Fields
We can expect Fields’ assist numbers (13) to go up in 2020. Teammates only finished 23% of his 56 assist opportunities.
2. Matt Rambo
Rambo had the luxury of teammates who finished more often than most. Whipsnake teammates converted on 26 of Rambo’s 59 assist opportunities (44%).
1. Tom Schreiber
Schreiber led the league with 61 assist opportunities. The Archers scored 20 goals on those passes (33%).