Great Lakes Analytics in Sports Conference

Jesse McNulty

Director of Analytics | Atlanta Blaze

Opposition Analytics in Major League Lacrosse 

The use of statistical analysis in the game of lacrosse is very much in its infancy. The Atlanta Blaze of Major League Lacrosse, have been working to develop a system to quantify both team and player contributions for in-game tactics, opposition scouting, player development, and collegiate draft analysis for professional field lacrosse. Throughout this presentation, we hope to illustrate specific models presently used for analyzing data that our staff institute to promote a competitive advantage, and to also provide insights into future lacrosse sports analytics developments. 

Jesse McNulty enters his second season as director of analytics for the Atlanta Blaze of Major League Lacrosse. Prior to his time with the Blaze, Jesse was assistant coach for the University of Delaware ACHA Division 1 men’s hockey team from 2010-2014, as well as working in scouting, statistical analysis, and consulting for a number of teams in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and for Team Switzerland during the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship Tournament.

Jesse earned his bachelors of science in civil engineering from the University of Delaware in 2005, and is currently a candidate for two master’s degrees in educational technology and analytics from Boise State University and Northwestern University respectively.  His research interest include statistics of sport, Bayesian statistics, and machine learning.

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