Attack - Two Man Games

Another position specific concept for attackmen at the intermediate level is two-man games. Two-man games are moves that two attackmen can use to beat two defensemen.

The first move that two attackmen can use is a pick. To set up a pick behind the goal, attackman A first throws the ball to attackman B. Attackman A then pretends to cut towards the goal and then runs to the side of the defenseman covering attackman B. Attackman A then stops and plants himself (moving picks are illegal in lacrosse like basketball). Attackman B then does a quick split dodge and runs right past attackman A’s shoulder. The defenseman covering attackman B should run right into attackman A. However, if not run properly a good defender will react to the pick and cause a turnover. This move frees up attackman B for a move to the goal or frees his hands for a feed.

Another move for the two-man game is the flip. This move can also be used behind the goal. If attackman A has the ball in his arms extended, his hands away from his body, and his stick behind him, then this will set him up just as he is about to take a hop off his left and step with his front foot, take a small cradle, and let the defensemen behind the goal and create an opening for the offensive player.

If defenders are playing a flip well, another move that the attackmen can use off of this move is the fake flip where attackman A catches his own flip or simply fakes the flip and goes to the goal. Attackman B can sell the fake by pretending to cradle when he doesn’t even have the ball. All of these moves are much more effective behind the goal than up top which is why they should be taught mainly to the attackmen.

Some great tips to get you going:

Away From the Defense

In moving the ball around the circle, make all passes sharp, short, and to the outside, away from the defense man.

Back Up shots

Always have one, preferably two, men behind the goal to back up shots.

Give and Go

After receiving a pass, as the ball moves around the outside, look first at the man who threw you the ball to see what he is doing, then at the crease.

Cut Hard and Fast

Make full cuts - go through and out - don't cut at half speed or hang around the crease after your cut.

Dodging

Never try to dodge when men are in position to back up.

Teamwork is Key

Always remember that teamwork is the key to a good attack.

Make Passes Hard

Make feed passes hard.

Feed Passes

All feed passes must be thrown crsiply and accurately. If it's a bad pass, do your best and make a great catch to help your buddy out.

Back Each Other Up

Always be in position to back up shots and feeds. When a cut is made, or a shot is taken, the whole attack must play a part, moving to be in a position to backup a pass or a shot. Control the ball!

Ride Hard

When you lose the ball, ride it. The close attack must ride and ride hard until the ball is past midfield.

Zigs and Zags

Zig your cuts, fake left - go right, fake right - go left. Don't always run at the same speed, change of pace is a very effective method of getting open.

Hard Work

Hard work is great, but hard and efficient work is even better.

Balance the Field

Always keep your field balanced in order that you stay in better position to back up, and give your teammates space to work in.

Move the Ball

Don't dodge if there is an open man. Don't hold the ball long unless you are planning a dodge. Keep it moving with quick, short passes.

Circle Away From Pressure

Always move to meet every pass, and circle away from your defenseman.

Never Pass to a Covered Player

Never make a pass to a man who is covered just to get rid of the ball.

Never Stand Still

When you have the ball, never stand still - keep moving all the time - if necessary run backwards and forwards - but keep moving. When you are ready to make a pass, take one step back quickly and move. If you are standing still, you're wrong.

Pick a Corner

Place all shots, usually for a far corner, and shoot hard. When within five yards of the goal, the shot should be for a top corner.

Get it Off the Ground

After picking up a loose ball, turn and face the crease immediately. If nobody is open, move in fast until you are picked up.

Fake Passes

When you have the ball, be constantly faking passes - keep your defense man's stick moving. Go ahead, throw that sky-whammy.