Welcome to “A Lacrosse Weekend,” my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, history, stories, myths/truths about the great game of lacrosse! I hope you find it enjoyable.
Girls Box Lacrosse
I write to you today from the shotgun seat of a rental car on the QEW headed up to Six Nations for a girl’s box tourney. It’s going to be a great experience playing in the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (ILA) home of the Sr A Chiefs and the Jr A Arrows. This is our last week in Canada of box games, shoot arounds on box goalies, and playing pick up games until we come back for Provincials in August.
MLL Lacrosse at Mile High
July 4th at Mile High Stadium to watch the Outlaws game and see some fireworks is my kind of holiday! Just under 30,000 fans came out for the game on a beautiful Colorado summer evening.The game was a blow out with the final score Outlaws 25 Cannons 12.
Denver is a FUN team to watch.They play a brilliant team offense with a combination of traditional midfield dodge-pass-pass-dodge looks, combined with Canadian 2-man game with their awesome lefties, and a great version of the University of Denver ball movement with Eric Law at X hanging his guy up.
Denver’s Chris Cloutier, North Carolina ’18, is the next John Grant Jr! He has 24 and 11 in 5 games! Cloutier’s size and strength allow him to push his way into shooting angles; he is a lot quicker than you think, especially when you’re taking away his left and he splits to his right. His vision and decision making are as good as his hands! Lastly, he’s a shot maker who can get on a roll!
Some might ask why wasn’t Cloutier this productive in college? The answer is, two-fold. First, at times he was. If we go back to the 2016 final four or the 2017 ACC Tourney. He scored 14 goals in the Final Four! Second, the pro game is different than the college game. With very little practice time there’s not as much team defense. Not to mention the offensive depth in the pros is ridiculous. Remember Brendan Mundorf? Was a dangerous player at UMBC, but you could slide to him…. In the pros he became the best player in the league.
Earlier this week I did my first game breakdown of a DI Women’s Lacrosse game. It was a blast and I plan to do a lot more! Northwestern Assistant Coach Scott Hiller joined me in an analysis of the James Madison-Boston College NCAA Championship game. Scotty and I go way back: he played at UMASS when I played at Brown, he was an assistant at Harvard when I was an assistant at Yale. Like me, Scotty is a student of the game and has great insights. Here’s a link to the replay: https://vimeo.com/278825916
Boys using girls sticks
In previous blogs, I’ve written about the value of girls training with boy’s sticks because it expedites their development of learning how to play with the ball on the shooting strings. In the same vein, I also believe there are serious benefits to be gained by boys training with girl’s sticks. In an effort to shoot harder and never get stripped, most boy’s lacrosse players have sacrificed accuracy and quick release for too much hold and whip. Therefore, they have actually sacrificed passing and shooting.
A Grand Experiment
In the fall of 1995 I conducted an experiment. As the Assistant at Yale, I had to strap on the equipment at practice most days because we were a little light on attackmen. The experiment was to play with a women’s stick (a Brine World Cup) in men’s lacrosse practice environments to see how it changed the way I played.
Here’s what I learned:
As a result of training with the World Cup, I gained a deep appreciation for accuracy and quick release that has never left me. I recommend all men’s players conduct a similar experiment. The environment that a women’s stick creates will teach critical habits and high level skills.
His Stick Throws Like a Girl’s
Last summer I was Dave Huntley’s assistant coach for the Atlanta Blaze and before our season finale at Harvard Stadium, I asked Randy Staats, one of the best box lacrosse players (and a pretty damn sick field player) on the planet if I could check out his stick. Randy is a power player, a great dodger, an amazing scorer as well as a great feeder. I grabbed his stick and threw a pass to Mark Matthews who was 10 yards away… except I threw way over his head. Randy plays with a stick that throws straight up! Another example of quick release and accuracy.
I had to re-name this segment from Sports Analogies to Lacrosse Analogies because there are too many great analogies out there that aren’t necessarily sports analogies. Here are a few animal analogies
The Phi-Lacrosse-ophy Podcast with Kevin Corrigan
I thoroughly enjoyed interviewing Notre Dame Head Coach Kevin Corrigan for my podcast this week.This interview gives you a glimpse into the mind of one of the most thoughtful, well read, and interesting coaches you could meet. Among many other things, we chatted about his influences, ND defense, and the world of college lacrosse recruiting. Here’s the link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/phi-lacrosse-ophy-podcast/id1386328369mt=2#episodeGuid=tag%3Asoundcloud%2C2010%3Atracks%2F468323529
How to Get Recruited
Coach Corrigan and I talked a lot about recruiting, the new rules, and what parents/players should really focus on. Here’s a re-cap:
A Great Recruiting Video
If you want more info on the most important things to know about college lacrosse recruiting, watch this video www.JM3GetRecruited.com
One thing Coach Corrigan talked about was a need for more individual video work with his ND players.Whether you play for a top 5 Division I program or you’re in high school, having expert coaches break down your individual performance with film is paramount.
If you are the parent of a serious lacrosse player, you’ve invested a ton of time and money helping your son become the best they can be.The reality is, it’s almost impossible to maximize athletic potential without film. Think about how critical video has become in other sports! Lacrosse is no different.
Find an expert coach who will breakdown your son’s film and he can discover:
For more information watch this video: https://vimeo.com/272801272
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