Follow along with distinguished Navy women’s lacrosse coach Cindy Timchal as she breaks down the highly effective Triangle Offense. Timchal first provides an overview of the offensive system that includes whiteboard discussion before demonstrating player movements and strategies on the practice field. With Timchal as your guide, see how you can implement the offense with your own team. If you already use the Triangle Offense, learn some new tips from the legendary coach to ensure your system is as effective as it can be. The system can be used at any level of girls lacrosse.
The fundamental goal of the Triangle Offense is to attack both sides of the cage. It’s key that players drive hard to the cage and look for open space. Meanwhile, it’s crucial that players within the offense always go hard to the net, have “the drive” to be aggressive and score, and work hard off-ball.
The system begins with one player behind the net with the ball. This player is quarterbacking the entire set-up and should be an elite passer, dodger, and decision-maker. Next, we’ve got two players up top and two players across from each other on the wings, and then one player should be posting up on the inside.
The player behind the goal (player 1) looks to drive to goal from the backside. The nearside wing player (player 2) will then look to clear through to the opposite side or go backdoor. If player 1 can’t get a good look on net, she will then throw up high to player 3. Player 3 then goes hard to the goal with a left-handed dodge as 1 clears through to the other side. If there’s nothing available, it’s time to get the ball behind the goal again and then run the play again but from the opposite side.
Within the offense, it’s key to work one side at a time when attacking the goal. It’s okay if nothing is there the first few chances you get, even Timchal’s powerhouse teams run this play over and over again. Eventually, an opportunity will develop as defenders will have to keep sliding, rotating and playing help defense. This should leave your players free inside for a high percentage chance on goal.
Remember, give the ball up if the opposition implements hard double teams. Be strong with the ball, but look for the open player to take advantage.
The previous offensive system overview can be seen in its entirety on Championship Productions’ DVD “Triangle and Motion Offense.” To check out more offensive videos in our extensive catalog, click here.