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A Lacrosse Weekend 10.13.18

Uncategorized Oct 13, 2018

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.

Loyola Practice

One of my favorite things to do is attend college lacrosse practices. I love seeing the team spirit, learn new drills, and see the over all tenor of the practice. Watching Loyola's practice yesterday was no exception. It was a day where they warmed up with basic stick work and played 4 quarters of scrimmages, mixing up the teams to get different personnel groupings. At the end of each quarter, the losing team ran across field down and back sprint for time. One thing that was really refreshing was watching Coach Toomey, Coach Van Arsdale and Coach Dwan coach and not over-coach. Coach Toomey was on the off bench sideline where I was watching and he was communicating with the players in the clearing game a bit, but in general there was not much, if any, coach orchestration going on. I never even heard...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 10.6.18

Uncategorized Oct 06, 2018

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.

 

Fall is in full swing. Finally the weather is cooling down here in Denver, the Patriots seem to be back on track per their usual October solidification, and fall lacrosse for the Munro family has a lot going on this weekend. My wife went off to Chapel Hill this weekend to watch UNC scrimmage High Point this morning, my oldest daughter and her Ducks team have practice this weekend, and I'm holding down the fort with my youngest as we have no field hockey this weekend which leaves time for a fall ball game today and more importantly a "Street Box" game on Sunday. Early reports from Chapel Hill: new face off guy / late pick up looked good, defense looks athletic and physical, goalies solid, a bunch freshmen look good, shorties look deep, a bunch of key guys didn't play, but the over all depth of the roster was...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 9.29.18

Uncategorized Sep 29, 2018
 

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.

 

Hesitation Moves

Let's talk a little bit about hesitation moves. I'm in the process of putting together instructional videos on skills in men's and women's lacrosse. I'm trying to cover every skill and every variation. There are so many amazing techniques! I am endeavoring to identify each skill variation with the intent of teaching players how to do it all!

 

Quick thoughts on hesitations: Basketball players use hesitation moves constantly and this should be studied. Whether to get a step, buy time, or looking off the basket after they beat their man freezing shot blockers, there are many different and effective techniques that are 100% applicable to lacrosse. Hesitations make defenders late; on ball defenders, sliders, and 2nd sliders... hesitations make them all late.

 

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A Lacrosse Weekend 9.22.18

Uncategorized Sep 29, 2018

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend," my weekly compilation of thought, ideas, history, stories, myths/truths about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you find it enjoyable.

 

Phi-Lacrosse-ophy Podcast with Patrick McEwen, AKA @LacrosseFilmRoom

 

Last week I did a podcast with Patrick McEwen, a self made lacrosse expert and it's worth the listen. Most of the learning I did came from the "Lab" of coaching in DI or from others in their own lab. McEwen on the other hand taught himself the game through film and analytics. There are not a lot of people with whom I talk lacrosse that regularly leave me completely perplexed, yet every time I speak with Patrick I invariably am at one point dumbfounded. if you speak with this guy, read is articles, or listen to his podcast, you will be blown away with his knowledge and understanding. He is an engineer at heart with a passion for sports analytics and the sport of lacrosse.

 

Patrick actually created an algorithm that picked the NCAA...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 9.15.18

Uncategorized Sep 15, 2018

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.

Watching Lacrosse Video

I've watched a lot of lacrosse in the last 10 days. It's that time again where I need to dive in and watch the best players in the world so I can figure out what they're doing! For men's lacrosse, my focus has been on individual skills so I've watched mostly MLL and Box Lacrosse. For women's lacrosse I'm studying both x's and o's as well as skill, so NCAA lacrosse is perfect for that. My business is Remote Coaching and online education, so collecting video examples of EVERYTHING is the task at hand.

Below are the games I've recently studied:

  • Denver - Dallas MLL Final
  • Dallas - New York MLL Semi-Final
  • Chesapeake.- Denver MLL Semi-Final
  • New York - Chesapeake MLL
  • Dallas - New York MLL
  • Atlanta - Florida MLL
  • Atlanta - Denver MLL
  • UNC - Northwestern Women's NCAA
  • Stony Brook - UPenn...
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A Lacrosse Weekend 9.8.18

Uncategorized Sep 08, 2018

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.

 

Mann Cup

 

Last night I was home alone with only the dog as company so I decided to watch the Mann Cup, which is the Canadian Box Lacrosse National Championship for men. The rosters are full of "who's who" of NLL teams. The Peterborough Lakers representing the East are hosting the Maple Ridge Burrards representing the West in a 7 game series. Game 1 last night was a 2OT thriller with Adam Jones scoring the game winner. Watching that level of play is fascinating to me. I love trying to figure out the nuances of dodging, faking, shooting, feeding etc.

 

Shawn Evans

 

With all the stars in that game, the one I enjoyed watching the most was Shawn Evans. This guy is magical when he gets the ball. What Evans does and is common with the best box lacrosse players, is he gets into a dodging...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 9.1.18

Uncategorized Sep 01, 2018

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.

Minto Cup

The Coquitlam Adanacs won the 2018 Minto Cup. The drama of the week in many ways over shadowed an amazing series between Coquitlam and the Brampton Excelsiors. For those of you who don't know, here's what happened. At the conclusion of Game 1, in which Coquitlam beat Brampton 10-8, Jeff Teat, the best player in Junior A lacrosse and his dad Dan Teat, the Brampton Head Coach were written up for Match Penalties for threatening the officials, which carried a non-appealable 3 game suspension. The next day, 90 minutes before Game 2 face off, ad hoc appeals committee was formed, the non appealable suspension was appealed and Jeff Teat was reinstated 5 minutes before game time. The referees then refused to take the floor and Game 2 was cancelled. All three provincial referee associations stood in...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 8.25.18

Uncategorized Aug 25, 2018

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.

This morning I am in Calgary at the last lacrosse event of the summer. Honestly, it’s been a great summer, but I’m ready for the academic year to be in full swing! I can’t wait for a consistent schedule, NFL Football, field hockey games (yes I really just wrote that!), and an “early to bed, early to rise” lifestyle.

August Achievement Month

In the summer of ’92 I was not impressed with myself. I was 25 years old, the Head Assistant at Yale making like $10K per year, having a good time, but not doing enough. So I started the first annual August Achievement Month. I made a list of different categories: financial, health, training, car, coaching etc. Then I made a list of all the goals I was going to to try and achieve within those categories.…basically a to do...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 8.18.18

Uncategorized Aug 18, 2018

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.

This was the first full week of school in Highlands Ranch, CO and fall sports have kicked in. Today my wife and I will be watching our youngest in a field hockey “play day” and then our oldest in a massive final game of the round robin portion of the Minto Cup. Also on the slate will be tuning into the MLL Championship Game which is on at exactly the same time as Coquitlam vs Brampton.

Minto Cup

Tonight at 4:30pm on albertalacrossetv.com is the match up we’ve all been waiting for - The Coquitlam Adanacs vs the Brampton Excelsiors in the third and final game of the round robin portion of the Minto Cup. Both teams are 2-0 with wins over the Alberta teams and the winner tonight will have a bye into the best of five championship series. The loser tonight will play the winner of the Calgary...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 8.11.18

Uncategorized Aug 11, 2018

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.

It’s hard to believe, and it’s sad to say, but school started yesterday here in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Our schools get out around Memorial Day Friday, which is a solid 4 weeks earlier than schools in Connecticut or Massachusetts where they start back up after Labor day. It’s a tough call to figure out which summer schedule is better. On the one hand, not having August as a part of summer, as maybe the best part of summer where there is nothing to do except get ready for preseason sports, is criminal! On the other hand, getting out of school within a week of July 4th because of snow days would be excruciating! If you have a spare 30K-50K you could send your kids to private school and have June, July and August!

Minto Cup 2018

The teams are set: the Brampton Excelsiors will represent...

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