As we did this time last year, we put our GIS skills to work, put actual work on hold, and examine the NCAA Tournament field’s make up. We took a look at the rosters of the 18 participating teams and broke them down, errors and all. We wanted to know, where were these elite players coming from? Which program had the biggest recruiting footprint? Were the traditional hotbeds still pumping out D1 caliber players? In general, who is playing in the tournament?

Just like 2013, we throw in some fun facts for the curious among you. Who is the tallest, shortest, heaviest and lightest student-athlete? Which team is the oldest and which tournament team is the most green? Will this information project who will finish atop the heap this year? Absolutely, not. We’ll take a stab at that later in the week when the field is a bit smaller.

Before we move on, it should be noted that this map is for entertainment purposes only. The information contained in the post and accompanying interactive map was harvested from each school’s website. While players are represented on the map, the symbols are geocoded to the centroid of their home town and not to the player’s homes. While every effort was made to accurately position the markers, there may be mistakes. Let us know if you find any.

Be sure to check out this interactive map or simply click the map below if you want to see in detail what areas are producing D1 tournament caliber players. Once on the map, keep the following in mind….

  • You can pan and zoom the map as you would any Google map
  • Click the individual marker symbols to see which player is represented
  • Hover or click on a Team’s name in the legend to highlight that team and bring those players to the top of the stack

Click the map to open an interactive version. Go on, click it.

Not in Kansas Anymore

  • There are 30 states, 3 Canadian provinces and the District of Columbia represented
  • 227 of the 801 athletes on tournament rosters hail from New York. Maryland checks in at the second most represented spot with 96. Rounding out the top 5 are Pennsylvania with 79, New Jersey with 76 and CT with 46. This is the exact order of representation as last year. Positions 6 through 10 are held by Massachusetts, Virginia, California, Colorado and Ontario. For the full list of states represented and number of players from each state, click here to view the chart.
  • Long Island’s Chaminade boasts more graduates on tourney rosters than any other school with 14. The Hill Academy (ONT) and Malvern Prep (PA) are second with 13 each. Calvert Hall (MD), Georgetown Prep (MD) and St. Anthony’s (NY) all claim a dozen grads among the tourney teams. Boys’ Latin, Conestoga, Deerfield Academy check in with 11 and Garden City, Gilman and Landon round out the list at 10 grads each.

Click here for a closer look at the Northeast.

Bigger?, Faster, Stronger…

  • The average player is 6 feet tall and weighs 187 lbs. This is unchanged from 2013.
  • By position, the average attackman is 5’11” and 178.5 lbs, the average midfielder is just shy of 6′ and 185.7 lbs., the average LSM is 6’1″ and 188 lbs., the average goalie is 5’11.5″ and 188 lbs., and the average defenseman stands 6’1″ and change, and tips the scales at 196 lbs. These numbers changed very little from 2013 as you might expect.
  • The heaviest player in the field is a goalie who weighs in at 262. In fact, 4 of the top 5 heaviest players are goalies
  • At just 145 lbs., JD Colarusso of Albany and Sean Cannizzaro of Denver are the tournament’s lightest players
  • Syracuse has the shortest and tallest players in the field. 5’4″ Freshman, Joe DeMarco of Syracuse, has the lowest center of gravity and at 6’7″ Freshman, Matt Lane, is the tallest.
  • On average, North Carolina has the bulkiest athletes, with the average  Tar Heel tipping the scales at 193+ lbs. Surprisingly, the Terps on average are the slightest team at 181.6 pounds, barely edging out Penn and Richmond for the distinction. *Drexel’s roster did not list weights.
  • Albany has the tallest team on average at 72.6″ and Drexel has the shortest team at 71.0″

height in inches


*Drexel players weight not available via website roster

Youth reigns…or does it?

  • There are more freshman in the tournament than any other class with 228 rostered student-athletes listed as first year students. There are 180 sophomores, 169 juniors, 166 seniors, 20 redshirt-freshman, 15 redshirt-sophomores, 11 redshirt-juniors, 9 redshirts-seniors and 3 grad students.
  • If each student athlete is given a 1 for each year in school (i.e. sophomores and redshirt-freshman = 2, seniors = 4, etc.) Siena is the most experienced squad in the tournament with an average of 2.90 and Notre Dame checks in at second most experienced with 2.65. On the flip side, Richmond is the youngest with an average of 1.56 and the Blue Jays are second youngest at 2.24.

We hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about the tournament field. Now sit back with the knowledge that you know everything there is to know about this year’s tournament teams except who will actually win and enjoy the show.

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