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%.
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.