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:

Make Passes Hard

Make feed passes hard.

Possessing the Ball

When in possession of ball, make the defense man play your stick - watch his stick - the position of it will determine the direction of your feed and the type of dodge you might try.

Dodging

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

Circle Away From Pressure

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

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.

Outside Shooting

On all long shots, a man must be on the crease.

Move to Meet the Pass

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

Be an Outlet

If an attack man is being ridden hard and can't dodge or get away - the nearest man on each side goes to help him.

After the Clear

After the ball has been cleared, if you have a wide open opportunity to dodge, do it. If you are sure a man is open, pass to him, otherwise settle the ball down and let your attack get set up. Remember, after a clear the midfielders will need time to catch their breath. Middies rest on offense, not defense, Control The Ball!

Don’t Rush at Him

Don't rush at a man when riding - particularly behind the goal. Force him to pass - force him in the direction where there is help. Talk all the time and run hard. The success of an attack depends on their riding ability and their desire to have the ball.

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.

Ride Hard

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

Time Your Cuts

Time your cuts, don't cut if the man with the ball is not watching or not in position to pass.

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.

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.

Keep Proper Spacing

Never stand so close together that one defense can cover two offense.

Loose Ball on the Ground

When there is a loose ball on the ground, go after it fast and hard, you must have the ball!

Back Up shots

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

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.