University of Virginia associate head coach and offensive coordinator Marc Van Arsdale presents the “Two and Three Man Drill” that works on coming from behind the net to score goals. Drills like this one have made the Virginia lacrosse team a consistent national title contender.
Drill Summary: For the Two Man Drill, players form a line ten yards behind the goal and ten yards off the goal on the goal line extended. The line on the goal line extended starts with balls. On the whistle, the first player in the line with balls passes to the first player in the other line. After receiving the ball, the player behind the net receives a screen from the player who just passed them the ball before sprinting to the front of the net and taking a shot. Players should switch lines after each rep. In the Three Man drill, keep both lines from the Two Man drill, but add another line ten yards in front of the goal. The drill begins the same way as the Two Man Drill, but instead of taking a shot on goal, the player from the line behind the goal comes up and feeds a cutter from the line in front of the goal for a shot.
Keys to the Drill:
2) Set a game-like screen.
3) Crisp passes.
Marc Van Arsdale was part of Dominic Starsia’s coaching staff for the 2011 NCAA Championship at the University of Virginia, and here Coach Van Arsdale provides you with a passing and catching drill that works on catching the ball over the shoulder. This is an excellent way to work on midfielders breaking out for a pass over their shoulder.
Drill Summary: All the players begin in a line. The first player in line runs out to make a cut and the second player in line throws a pass to the space over the shoulder of the first player. The first player makes the catch on the run and immediately turns up field and passes to a coach or another player that is another 10-15 yards up the field. That coach will then throw it back to the first player who, after passing the ball, has turned around and begins running back to where he began. He finishes by passing back to the spot of the next passer.
This drill mimics a key component of executing the fast break. Players should work on using both hands for this drill and use their teammates names as a way to strengthen team communication and to ensure that they pass to the correct player.
University of Virginia Assistant Coach, Marc Van Arsdale, walks through a drill that is good to get a defender to rush out at the shooter with a pump fake, then roll into the middle of the field for a shot on goal.
Athlete Movement: The passer that starts the drill can be a player or a coach at GLE and ten yards outside the pipe. He passes the ball to the player who will catch the ball about 12-15 yards above GLE and at the other set of hash marks. The player takes a step or two and pump fakes a shot, which would be used to draw out or freeze a defender. He then takes a couple more steps into the open area and takes a shot on the run.
University of Virginia Head Coach, Dominic Starsia, and Assistant Coach, Marc Van Arsdale, discuss a line drill for passing and catching. The Line Drill will reinforce your passing and catching technique; the essential skills that are worked on every day. This drill also contains great conditioning work because the players are always in motion, especially if there are only a few players in each line.
Begin with two or three players about 15-20 yards across from another two or three players. One player begins by running towards the opposite teammate and passes the ball. After the catch, that player now runs toward the opposite teammate and passes the ball.
Some key points taught are:
The next progression would be a catch left-handed, switch hands, and pass with the right hand.
University of Virginia Assistant Coach, Marc Van Arsdale, presents a shooting drill that works on practical patterns that would be used in a game. This is an excellent drill that will provide your team with game-like situations and show how the defense will react to your movement.
The players begin about 20 yards above the cage and about 10-15 yards outside the cage pipe. The player begins with a ball, runs forward, and makes a split dodge, then runs towards the middle of the field and across the front of the goal. It is then that they take a shot across their body with a hard overhand shot.
This drill is an excellent opportunity for coaches to teach the players about running across the goal so that the entire cage is available to them. The players can then understand how a goalie is moving as they are running across the front of the goal and you can reinforce where the players could be aiming.