The NY Times recently publiched an article Stalled Sport Ponders New Tactic: A Shot Clock ( By JON BRAND, Published: May 10, 2012)
The article was interesting and had some good points. But it does come back to commercializing a great sport.
Who says the sport is stalled?
- MLL set an attendance record last year
- There are hundreds of club teams throughout the university system. There are new Division 1 teams arising every year.
- Quality lacrosse is expanding West (geographically). Last year, Denver made it to the Final Four. It is just a matter of time before the California Schools start competing in D1.
- More games are getting coverage on ESPN.
So Lacrosse is having organic growth.
Adding a shot clock “may” speed things up but the game is typically not slow. The examples given in the article are the exceptions and not the rules.
From the article:
Lacrosse purists once called M.L.L. a blasphemous game, the league’s commissioner, David Gross, said. The M.L.L. also has a 2-point arc 16 yards from the goal that encourages offensive risk and stretches defenses. Many believe a 2-point arc and a shot clock go hand in hand.
“With the clock, teams will start to pack in a zone more, and that’s why the 2-point arc needs to be there,” said Boston midfielder Paul Rabil, who also plays in the National Lacrosse League, an indoor league featuring a 30-second clock.
Oh. So now we will need a shot clock and a 2-point shot. That will dramatically change the game.
Keep the rules as is. Call more stall warnings. Shrink the offensive box by 5 yards on each side of the box. This will not change the rules and it will make it more difficult to play “keep-away”. If the box is smaller and a team successfully slows down the game, they have earned it.
If you can stall with less places to hide, you are talented and good for you.
There are the places I look to get the information and statistics I like to follow:
- Men’s Division 1 Lacrosse Information
- Women’s Division 1 Lacrosse Information
- Individual NCAA Lacrosse Statistics
- Men’s Division 1 Game Calendar
- Women’s Division 1 Game Calendar
And because you need the ball to score, I personally like to see (a) who is getting the ground balls, and (b) who is winning the faceoffs:
Hofstra Opened its 2012 Men’s Lacrosse Season today versus Sacred Heart.
Hofstra scored in the first 7 seconds of the game. The game was close and could gone either way. Hofstra won 11-9…
It was good to get the first win under their belt. Hofstra needs to improve if it expects to stay a Top-20 team. They made many mistakes in the last 5 minutes and could have easily given the game away. For the first game of the season, this is not so bad. They simply need to learn how to close-out games. This will come along as the season goes on…
Lance Yapor quietly had 4 goals. I hadn’t even realized it until the game was over. (G) Andrew Gvozden got stronger as the game went on tallying some great saves!
Faceoff man, John Antoniades got stronger and tougher as the game went on. If you look at the boxscore and see he won 11 of 21 faceoffs, it’s not impressive. But what is impressive, and comforting going forward, is he had probably lost 5 of the first 7 faceoffs. So let’s say he won 10 of the final 15 faceoffs. (Of note: he won the opening faceoff of the game and tooks it down to score in the 1st 7 seconds of the game.)
Shout out to someone who was there: One of the Hofstra players had a one-on-one with the Sacread Heart Goalie. It was tough angle and he “casually” faked up and down … and had a beautiful goal. It may have been Cory Caputo. Please let me know. Thanks.
Overall, nice 1st game of the year. Next game is at Princeton.
Regardless of whether the itself movie is good or bad — A lacrosse movie is good for the sport
Yeah — Lacrosse is back.
The Ohio State Buckeyes played well enough to win last night versus Detroit. It’s early but they do need to improve if they expect to make a run for the NCAA Tournament.
Logan Schuss and Brock Sorensen had dominant games. Mr. Sorensen also contributed 5 ground balls. And Freshman Jesse King had a great game and is making his presence immediately felt! Shawn Kaplan — Keep winning those faceoffs!
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I was headed to take my dog for a run to the local dog run in Melville, NY.
I stopped at Dunkin’ Donuts for a coffee and ran into the parents of Nortwestern’s Beatrice Conley. What a great couple. They had driven down from upstate NY to go to the game at SUNY Stony Brook.
The week before, I was at the Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals at Hofstra. I happened to sit with the parents of UNC’s Women’s Coach Jenny Levy. Boy does her mom know the sport – the men’s and women’s game. The Cortland Women’s Lacrosse coach, Kathy Taylor, stopped by and say hello. (Shout out to Kathy: Congratulations on being named SUNYAC Women’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year.)
The passion and enthusiasm of people involved in lax is great. It’s still a relatively small community. Whether it’s the men’s or women’s game, there is a certain passion about the game.
While it is great the sport is increasing its popularity and geography (Denver in the Men’s Final Four ???!!!#$#$!!) there is still something special about the size and intimacy of the small community.