In this week’s edition of All-Access, we take you to Charlottesville, Virginia for an exclusive look inside of a Virginia men’s lacrosse practice. Watch as head coach Dom Starsia runs through a variety of clearing situations with his squad and dishes out advice to players regarding movements, positioning and overall strategy.
This unique perspective gives coaches and players at every level a chance to see how a top college program works on their clearing and transition areas. Coaches can also pick up tips, approaches and overall guidance that can be used for their own practices, like how to simulate different clearing situations, from a save to a turnover or a loose ball.
In this instance, the offense works on moving the ball around the horn and implements different plays each segment. On each simulation, Starsia dictates a particular change of possession, like a loose ball, goalie save or turnover. The defense then works on clearing the ball and making a clean transition up the field in order to set up the offense on the other end.
The Cavaliers went 16-2 overall in 2010 and reached the NCAA semifinals before falling to eventual champion Duke by a score of 14-13. The squad is a title contender once again in 2011 and faces a tough schedule that features eight teams that saw postseason action last year.
This behind the scenes look is featured on the Championship Productions DVD “All-Access Virgina Lacrosse Practice with Dom Starsia.” Be sure to check out our entire All-Access catalog, which also features Duke, Bryant, Navy and Notre Dame.