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Practice Alley Dodges with a Drill from John Desko!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Five time National Championship head coach at Syracuse University, John Desko, teaches his players how to shoot off alley dodges in this fun exercise. Your goalies will also get the opportunity to improve their positioning while defending against long-distance shots during this drill.

Alley Dodges

Drill Summary: Set up with a goalie in the net and a line of shooters 25 yards in front of the goal. Each player in the line should have a ball. One at a time, players run forward, dodge to the left or right, and fire a shot on goal after dodging. Shots should come from about 10 yards in front of the goal at an angle. As players are shooting, goalies should be working on their saving technique.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Shoot from outside the goal posts extended.
2) Goalies shouldn’t rush to the post.
3) Goalies should hold on the back side for a split second.
4) Goalie should think about what the shooter sees.

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This video came from Championship Productions’ video “All Access Syracuse Lacrosse Practice.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Learn to Attack Inside for the 2-2-2 Offense!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

James Stagnitta, University of Pennsylvania assistant coach, uses the “Survivor Drill” to help his athletes work on getting the ball into the crease on offense. As the interior offense adjusts to ball movement on the perimeter, defenders will improve their coverage and communication skills to prevent easy goals.

Survivor Drill

Drill Summary: Set up with a goalie in the net, two offensive and two defensive players in the crease, and four offensive players in a box formation surrounding the crease (about 5-7 yards outside the goal on either side and 15 yards up the field from there). The ball starts with the offensive players on the outside, who move the ball around until one of the offensive players in the crease can get open. The goal of the drill is to get the ball to one of the offensive players on the inside and score.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Inside offensive players react and adjust to the perimeter.
2) Movement is based on where the ball is.
3) Work on entry passes.
4) Reset properly.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Progressive Drills for Building the 2-2-2 Offense.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Stop More Shots Using These Goalie Techniques!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Two key components that go into championship-level goalkeeping are hand movement and footwork. In this clip, Syracuse University assistant coach, Kevin Donahue, explains how keeping hands comfortable and relaxed while conditioning the lead and trail leg of the goalie can help them become a more consistent presence in the net.

Save Technique

Drill Summary: When defending shots, make sure the goalie’s top hand is soft on the stick and they’re holding the stick away from their body (this prevents rebounds). As the goalie moves the stick around to defend shots, it’s important that both hands work together. The feet should follow wherever the hands move first. Remember to move the trail leg after moving the lead leg, otherwise the goalie will allow a large hole between their legs for shooters to take advantage of.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Soft top hand.
2) Hands out and away from body.
3) Move the stick in arcs.
4) Feet follow hands.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Building a Championship Goalie.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Improve Your Ability to Redirect Ground Balls!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Salisbury University head coach, Jim Berkman, has won 10 National Championships at the DIII level. In this drill, you’ll see an exercise that Coach Berkman uses in practice to teach players how to re-direct ground balls they’re unable to scoop a ball up immediately during a game.

Hockey Drill

Drill Summary: Set up a line of five cones with each cone about 1-2 yards apart. One by one, players take turns using their sticks to guide a ball between the cones in a zig-zag formation. Once a player has successfully navigated their ball through the cones, they scoop it up and toss it back to a coach standing near the start of the drill.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Use the stick like a hockey stick.
2) Keep your body low.
3) Be quick and efficient with movements.
4) Scoop up the ball quickly.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “30 Essential Practice Drills for Lacrosse.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!






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