When arguing a point -- the best this, the greatest that -- no doubt you've used the persuasive power of numbers to bolster your argument. Opinions fall into three categories: lies, damned lies and statistics. Here are the nation's best, presented without editorial comment, from a statistics standpoint:

GOALS PER GAME RK NAME, SCHOOL GPG
1 Demmianne Cook, Stony Brook 5.20
2 Lindsay Toppe, Cornell 4.50
3 Addie Godfrey, Lafayette 4.14
T4 Nikki Boltja, Louisville 4.00
T4 Kyra Ochwat, Quinnipiac 4.00
*T6 Alex Aust, Maryland 3.86
Complete list *Vanderbilt's Carly Linthicum also averages 3.86 goals per game.

 

SCORING DEFENSE RK SCHOOL GAPG
1 Saint Joseph's 5.00
T2 Rutgers  5.50
T2 Navy  5.50
4 Stony Brook  6.00
5 North Carolina 6.33
6 Florida 6.67
Complete list

 

TOTAL ASSISTS RK NAME, SCHOOL AST.
1 Jill Remenapp, Denver 25
2 Alex Aust, Maryland 24
T3 Jessica Mills, Wagner 21
T3 Caroline de Lyra, USC 21
4 Claire Petersen Stony Brook 20
5 Jackie Cifarelli, Ohio State 19
Complete list