Boys Lacrosse - By Position

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Select 20-40 highlights from game footage, long enough for coaches to see the progression of each play, foot work and technical skills. Use highlights from your best competition (Club, US Lacrosse, competitive high school teams. Demonstrate your vision, runs with and without the ball, use of space and combinations with teammates.  

Attack

Include plays that demonstrate you are comfortable with contact, controlling and protecting the stick under pressure. Include highlights of solid defense, footwork and body contact, getting your hands free to shoot for both stationary and driven shots. Include all plays using both hands.

From John Danowski at a coaching convention about the five different ways an attackman can score a goal. The five ways included: dodging, riding, transition, assisted with time & room and assisted in tight.


Dodging/Shooting

  • Show plays where you dodge from all points on the field to create your own shot and create shots for others. Avoid plays against weak teams and running right past multiple players.
  • Include plays starting the offense with a dodge and beat your defender, draw a slide and pass the ball adjacent.   

Off-ball

  • Show your position and movement off-ball looking for seams or weakness in the defense. 

Riding/Loose Balls

  • Show hustle on loose balls.  Demonstrate your ability to ride hard.
  • Effective rides include forcing a pass, forcing a ball carrier out of bounds and stripping the ball carrier. 

 Ground Balls

  • Include GB highlights that lead to transition 
  • Show aggressive body positioning, low 2-handed scoop through the ball, protecting the stick. 
  • Demonstrate your ability to quickly get the ball to the open man
  • Don't include GB highlights of waiting then raking. 

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Midfield

Coaches want tough, fast and quick midfielders who are versatile, selfless and scrappy. Defensive middies are required to be fast up field, aggressive on ground balls, posses great stick protection in traffic and make smart decisions once the ball is over the midline.  Show highlights of scoring goals and include dodging, riding, transition, assisted with time & room and assisted in tight.  


Dodging/Shooting

  • Show plays where you dodge from all points on the field to create your own shot and create shots for others. Avoid plays against weak teams and running right past multiple players.
  • Include plays starting the offense with a dodge and beat your defender, draw a slide and pass the ball adjacent.   

Off-ball

  • Show your position and movement off-ball looking for seams or weakness in the defense. 

Riding/Loose Balls

  • Show hustle on loose balls.  Demonstrate your ability to ride hard.
  • Effective rides include forcing a pass, forcing a ball carrier out of bounds and stripping the ball carrier. 

Ground Balls

  • Include GB highlights that lead to transition. 
  • Show aggressive body positioning, low 2-handed scoop through the ball, protecting the stick. 
  • Demonstrate your ability to quickly get the ball to the open man.
  • Don't include GB highlights of waiting then raking. 

Defense

  • Plays that neutralize a dodger from the top of the restraining box.
  • Getting up field fast for fast breaks, sprinting all the way back to the crease to prevent unsettled situations.
  • Create a turnover and advance the ball to the offense.
  • Show your ability to hustle back and play defense after turnovers.
  • Boxing out on the faceoff.

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Close Defense

Coaches look for shut down defenseman first and foremost. Coaches look for aggressive preemptive defenseman that play good angles and don't throw risky checks in dangerous parts of the field. Try to find clips that demonstrate your lacrosse IQ on-ball, off-ball, stick position, loose ball scenarios, and clears. Being a great defender starts with footwork and body position. Physicality also goes a long way at the college level.


On-Ball

  • Show plays where you take away the need for a slide guy (good foot-work).
  • GLE defense on inside-rolls and taking away or decrease top-side angles (good foot-work).
  • Pressure below GLE forcing attackman to feed but not re-dodge.
  • Forearm or bottom hand lift-checks on shooters rolling-back.
  • 1v1 defense using good foot-work instead of risky checks.
  • Show highlights playing good angles, throwing take away checks on the right parts of the field, not throwing desperation checks in dangerous parts of the field..
  • Show ability to match feet with good attackmen and midfielders.

Off-Ball

  • Show your positioning before a dodge and what you do to minimize or impact the attackers dodge.
  • Show your ability to slide on time and recover to the open man in time.
  • Stick up in the passing lanes, physical play. Spatial awareness. Knowing where the ball is and your man is at all times..
  • Body and sick position on the crease-man.

Ground Ball

  • Show ability to pick up ground balls in defensive end and start the clear.
  • Include GB highlights that lead to transition or start a fast break.
  • Show aggressive body positioning, low 2-handed scoop through the ball, protecting the stick.
  • Demonstrate your ability to quickly get the ball to the open man.
  • Do not include GB highlights of waiting then raking.

Clearing/Passing

  • Show your ability to catch on the run during break-outs.
  • Controlled cross-field passes
  • Show ability to play good transition defense.

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LSM

Be sure to include highlights of close defense. The three things coaches primarily look for in an LSM is good range, great on ground balls, and good stick skills. Include clips showing wing play of faceoffs.


On-Ball/Off-Ball

  • Good on-ball and off-ball defense keeping your stick in the passing lanes.
  • Effective riding

Clearing/Passing

  • Clearing the ball with your feet and stick.
  • Show your ability to catch on break-outs.
  • Show ability to pick up ground balls in defensive end and start the clear

Ground Ball.

  • Include GB highlights that lead to transition or start a fast break.
  • Show aggressive body positioning, low 2-handed scoop through the ball, protecting the stick and passing right away
  • Demonstrate your ability to quickly get the ball to the open man.
  • Do not  include GB highlights of waiting then raking.

Turnovers/Transition 

  • Ability to cause turnovers and turn defense to offense.
  • Ability to play in transition.


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Goalie

Ball stopping ability, communication, and clearing ability. Clearing is just as important as saving the ball at the college level. Show plays that showcase a good set-position, efficient "first-step" and athleticism.  


Coaches like to see goalies play in person or complete game tapes because it is easy to compile clips of saves for goalies. When including game tape make sure there is volume so the coaches can hear your ability to communicate on settled defense, on transition defense, and on clears. Coaches want to know if you face good shooters daily. If you are a left-handed goalie, let that be known.


Saves

  • Include saves that demonstrate quick-hands from the outside, inside, high, low, stick-side, off-stick, hips.
  • Include saves on shots coming from all shooting angles, overhand, sidearm, underarm.
  • Show good ground ball play/control of rebounds

.Clearing Passes

  • Show ability to throw quick release and accurate outlets that lead to fast breaks.
  • Show ability to run a settle clear.

Out of Net

  • Show ability to move out of the net with good footwork and dodging.
  • Show ability to back up shots.