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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Never Pass to a Covered Player

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

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.

Make Him Play You

Make your defenseman play you and you alone every second you are in the game. Keep moving all the time so that he must center his attention on you an not be in position to help out his fellow defensemen.

Back Up shots

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

Keep Proper Spacing

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

Time Your Cuts

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

Take Quality Shots

Shoot plenty, but only if you feel you have a good shot. Shoot to get hot, shoot to stay hot.

Hard Work

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

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!

Fake Passes

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

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.

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.

Make Passes Hard

Make feed passes hard.