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Hofstra vs Delaware Lacrosse Photos

3/15/14 – Hempstead NY – Hofstra won 11-9

Pre-game

Timeout

Knowing the game is in-hand…
Hofstra killing the clock

Shot Clock in NCAA Lacrosse? A Better Solution

The NY Times recently publiched an article  Stalled Sport Ponders New Tactic: A Shot Clock ( By JON BRAND, Published: May 10, 2012)

Lacrosse Field

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.

Suggestion:

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.

Keeping up with Lacrosse – Statistics and more…

There are the places I look to get the information and statistics I like to follow:

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 vs Sacred Heart in Hempstead NY (NCAA Lacrosse)

Hofstra Opened its 2012 Men’s Lacrosse Season today versus Sacred Heart.

Hofstra Sacred Heart NCAA lacrosse game 2-17-12 Opening Faceoff

Hofstra v.Sacred Heart NCAA lacrosse game 2-17-12 Opening Faceoff

Hofstra scored in the first 7 seconds of the game.   The game was close and could gone either way.  Hofstra won 11-9…

Hofstra beats Sacred Heart 11-9 in NCAA Lacrosse

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…

Hofstra v. Sacred Heart in NCAA Lacrosse

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!

Hofstra v. Sacred Heart in NCAA Lacrosse

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.)

Hofstra v. Sacred Heart in NCAA Lacrosse

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.

Hofstra v. Sacred Heart in NCAA Lacrosse

Overall, nice 1st game of the year.  Next game is at Princeton.

Hofstra v. Sacred Heart in NCAA LacrosseHofstra v. Sacred Heart in NCAA Lacrosse

Crooked Arrow Trailer (Lacrosse Movie)

Regardless of whether the itself movie is good or bad — A lacrosse movie is good for the sport

The Ohio State Buckeyes Lacrosse Team Wins Opener vs Detroit

Yeah — Lacrosse is back.   lacrosse is back Woody Hayes stadium

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!

Boxscore

The Ohio State Lacrosse Team beats Detroit in Season Opener 2012

How great is that… (lacrosse, baseball)

I have no association with this company.  I just thought it was a great shirt…

(Source: http://www.cafepress.com/+men_play_lacrosse_light_tshirt,453233636)

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