The regular season is in the books, the conference championships have been won, and now it’s time for the final stand — the NCAA tournament.

Starting Saturday, 16 teams will fight for the 47th lacrosse national championship. Only 13 teams have ever won it, and just eight have hoisted the trophy more than once. Will UNC become back-to-back champions for the second time in school history (and the first time since Duke won in 2013 and 2014)? Or will a new challenger carve their names into the history books?

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Before the tournament gets underway, let’s take a look at some of the key stats that tell the story of the 2017 NCAA tournament field.

To do this, we looked at eight different statistics:

• Goals per game
• Goals allowed
• Goal differential
• Shot percentage
• Turnovers
• Face-Off wins
• Man-Up offense
• Man-Down defense

Here’s what we found out about the 16 tournament teams:

All but one team in the field is currently ranked in Inside Lacrosse’s poll. All teams ranked 1-12 received bids, as did No. 14 (Yale), No. 16 (Marquette), and No. 17 (Air Force). Bryant — which faces off against 1-seed Maryland on Sunday — is the lone unranked team in the tournament.

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So what happened to the ranked teams that didn’t make the field? No. 13 Army, No. 15 Rutgers, No. 18 Hofstra, and No. 20 Richmond all lost in their conference tournaments, while No. 19 Monmouth made the Opening Round game of the NCAA tournament, but lost to Bryant.

Among teams that did make the tournament, none have a better resume on paper than Albany.

The Great Danes are in the top 5 of four separate categories, more than any other team in the tournament — Goals per game (15.81 – 1st), Man-Down defense (83.3 – 1st), Face-Off win percentage (69.5 – 2nd), Shot percentage (34.6 – 5th). But while Albany is ranked No. 4 in the country and finished with a 14-2 record, two of the three times they faced another tournament team — Syracuse in February, and Maryland in April — they fell by one goal. Their lone win over a tournament team came in a 13-12 win over Yale on May 5.

The Great Danes will be facing North Carolina in the first round of the tournament, and while the Tar Heels are only 8-7 on the year, they own wins against Denver, Syracuse, and Notre Dame. UNC doesn't rank in the top 10 of any of the above categories, but happens to be the reigning national champions and current ACC champions. In other words — they know how to play come tournament time.

Last year, North Carolina averaged 13.75 goals per game while allowing only 11 en route to a 14-13 overtime win in the national title game vs. Maryland. In total for last year’s tournament, the average margin of victory was 4.35 goals (13.59-9.24). Heading into this year’s tournament, only four teams average a better margin of victory — Albany has won its games by a whopping 7 goals per contest, Duke – 4.75, Loyola Maryland – 4.47, and Denver – 4.43.

Only two teams average more than last year's winning number of 13.59 goals per game — Albany with 15.81 (which leads the country), and Penn State with 13.67 (No. 5 in the country). No tournament teams average fewer than last year's losing mark of 9.24, but Towson comes awfully close with just 9.29 goals per game (No. 49 in the country).

It should also be no surprise that some of the most efficient teams in the country round out the NCAA tournament field. For Man-Up offense, Johns Hopkins leads the nation with a 60.5 percent conversion rate, while Syracuse (56.4) and Bryant (52.3) come in at two and three. For Man-down defense, Albany again comes in at No. 1 in the country, only allowing a power play goal on 16.7 percent of man-down situations, and Loyola Maryland’s 21.2 percentage is good for fifth in the nation there as well.

Perennial powerhouse Denver happens to be the most productive team in the tournament. The Pioneers have won a staggering 72.1 percent of all face-offs — the best percentage in Division I. They also have the seventh-best shot percentage, connecting on 34.1 percent of attempts, the seventh-best turnover average (just 11.57 per game), and their 46.2 percent conversion rate on man-ups is the ninth-best in the nation.

Loyola Maryland is also pretty strong across the board. Other than Man-Up offense (where they rank No. 24 in the country), the Greyhounds don’t rank outside of the top 16 in any category we looked at. Loyola Maryland has the fifth-best Man-Down defense (stopping 78.8 percent of power plays) and the ninth-most goals per game at 12.93. Their 4.47 goal differential is also the third-best in the field.

Check out the rest of the stats for all 16 tournament teams below:

Division I Men's Lacrosse 2017 NCAA tournament stats
Team Goals per game (rank) Goals allowed per game (rank) Goal differential Shot%(rank) TO (rank) Face-Off win % (rank) Man-Up offense (rank) Man-Down defense (rank)
Maryland 12.53 (11) 8.93 (16) 3.6 .348 (4) 12.20 (17) .493 (36) .414 (17) .714 (17)
Syracuse 12.50 (13) 10.07 (28) 2.43 .324 (10) 11.36 (6) .550 (17) .564 (2) .659 (33)
Ohio State 11.65 (17) 8.35 (10) 3.3 .332 (8) 13.24 (29) .637 (4) .490 (6) .696 (22)
Albany 15.81 (1) 8.81 (14) 7 .346 (5) 13.25 (30) .695 (2) .375 (25) .833 (1)
Denver 13.43 (6) 9.00 (18) 4.43 .341 (7) 11.57 (7) .721 (1) .462 (9) .500 (64)
Duke 12.81 (10) 8.06 (7) 4.75 .345 (6) 12.38 (20) .551 (16) .463 (8) .696 (23)
Notre Dame 10.69 (28) 9.38 (22) 1.31 .313 (20) 12.54 (24) .474 (48) .302 (54) .500 (64)
Penn State 13.67 (5) 10.60 (35) 3.07 .353 (2) 12.93 (25) .591 (8) .412 (18) .552 (59)
North Carolina 11.47 (19) 10.13 (29) 1.34 .290 (33) 13.47 (34) .544 (19) .395 (23) .592 (50)
Loyola (MD) 12.93 (9) 8.47 (12) 4.47 .316 (16) 11.93 (13) .568 (13) .385 (24) .788 (5)
Johns Hopkins 12.00 (13) 10.93 (43) 1.07 .313 (21) 10.00 (1) .476 (47) .605 (1) .583 (53)
Towson 9.29 (48) 7.43 (3) 1.86 .252 (61) 11.86 (12) .597 (6) .290 (57) .641 (37)
Yale 13.13 (7) 10.27 (31) 2.86 .319 (13) 12.40 (21) .594 (7) .188 (69) .524 (63)
Marquette 9.60 (44) 8.93 (16) 0.67 .275 (43) 11.33 (5) .482 (42) .326 (43) .750 (9)
Air Force 11.00 (23) 7.50 (5) 3.5 .282 (39) 12.29 (18) .568 (12) .396 (22) .622 (43)
Bryant 10.06 (36) 7.89 (6) 2.17 .286 (36) 15.17 (57) .570 (11) .523 (3) .590 (51)