Shooting percentage is a statistic used in lacrosse (as well as ice hockey, field hockey, soccer, water polo, and other sports with a goalie) that is used to put a player’s number of goals made in comparison with their total shots made.
It is intended to give a measurement of a player’s scoring ability.
Shooting Percentage is calculated as follows:
Shooting Percentage = goals scored / shots on goal taken.
If a player has made 78 shots on goal and in that time has scored 22 goals:
22 goals divided by 78 shots is 0.282.
Therefore, the player’s shooting percentage is 0.282, or 28.2%.
What counts as a “goal”?
A “goal” is generally considered to be a shot on goal that goes into the net.
What counts as a “shot on goal”?
A “shot” is a shot that directs the ball towards the net and is either stopped by the goaltender or goes in the net.
- FIL – Official Site
- Wikipedia – Goalkeeper (Lacrosse)
- National Lacrosse League – Player Stats
- NCAA – Individual Player Statistics – Shooting Percentage
- String King Lacrosse – The importance of shooting percentage