Save percentage is the percentage of saves a goaltender makes to the number of shots made on the goal.
A higher save percentage is a sign of a goaltender that allows few shots into the net. A lower save percentage is the sign of a goaltender that allows a lot of goals into the net.
Save Percentage = Saves ÷ Shots on Goal
- A “save” is a shot on the goal that the goaltender stops. Do not include saves from a shootout.
- A “shot” is a shot that directs the puck towards the net and is either stopped by the goaltender or goes in the net. The shot total does not include shots blocked by a non-goalie player (blocked shots) or shots that miss the net or hit the goalpost (missed shots). Do not include shots from a shootout.
- Do not include empty net shots or goals to calculate a goaltender’s statistics as they are not on the field of play. Include empty net shots and goals to calculate a team’s statistics.
A goalie faces 219 shots and makes 155 saves.
155 saves ÷ 219 shots = 0.708.
This goalie’s save percentage is 0.708, or 70.8%.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is “SV%” in Lacrosse?
Sv% stands for save percentage. It is the number of shots on goal that the goalkeeper stops.
How do you calculate save percentage?
Save percentage is the number of saves divided by the number of shots. Shots blocked by other players (blocked shots) and shots that miss the net or hit the goalpost (missed shots) are not counted. Shots and goals from a shootout are not counted.
What counts as a shot?
A “shot” is counted as an action that moves the ball towards the net that either goes in the goal or is stopped by the goalkeeper. A shot that is blocked by another player is not counted (it counts as a blocked shot). A shot that misses the net or hits a post is not counted (it counts as a missed shot).
Sources and more resources
- Wikipedia –Save Percentage and Goalkeeper (Lacrosse) – Wikipedia’s information on GAA and the Goalkeeper position in lacrosse.
- Player statistics from World Lacrosse, National Lacrosse League, and the NCAA Men’s & Women’s leagues.
- Rules of lacrosse from the National Lacrosse League.
- US Lacrosse has a guide for Lacrosse statistics.
- HomeTeam Online has a glossary for Lacrosse terms.