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:

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!

After the Pass

If you receive a pass after cutting and haven't got a good shot, hold onto the ball.

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.

Circle Away From Pressure

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

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.

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.

Never Pass to a Covered Player

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

Dodging

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

Try Some Dodges

Every man on the attack should try at least two dodges every game. Learn at least three different types of dodges.

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.

Make Passes Hard

Make feed passes hard.

Don’t Force it

Never try to force in, with the ball or by a pass, if the defense is drawn in. Pull them out first.

Back Up shots

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

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!

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 Good Passes

Take pains to make every pass a good pass.

Crease Play

On every screen shot the crease man should check-up on the defense man's stick, and immediately face the goalie, so that he is ready to bat in a rebound.

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.