RC Students Present Statistics Work

by Roland Minton on September 21, 2017

David Moreau and Lexi Denning had a busy week. David is a junior Physics major from Connecticut and Lexi is a junior Mathematics major from Connecticut. Tuesday evening (9/12) David and Lexi were co-presenters at the MCSP Conversation Series. Then on Saturday they ran the registration table and presented posters at the Virginia Sports Analytics Meeting held at the Cregger Center.

The Conversation Series talk “Moneyball for Maroon Athletics” showed some of the work that the Stat Crew has done with Roanoke sports teams. Lexi discussed the data collection procedures and analytics for the soccer teams, and David presented the graphs and charts produced for basketball and lacrosse.

At VSAM, conversations at lunch followed a morning session of talks and preceded the student poster session. David and Lexi had a good conversation with Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs hockey coach Sam Ftorek, possibly laying the groundwork for future internships for Maroon student hockey fans. David’s poster outlined the work that Stat Crew does, which generated interest from participants at schools thinking of similar programs. Lexi presented 2017 graduate Linnea Kremer’s work analyzing soccer shot efficiency, which showed bad trends in shot selection.

David and Lexi made important contributions to the growing Roanoke College presence in the field of sports analytics. Well done!

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