10 Mistakes High School Lacrosse Players Make
Pine Creek vs Thunder Ridge Varsity Game
1. Not Doing Enough Wall Ball
The best way to improve your game, at any level of lacrosse, is to do your wall ball! The great thing about lacrosse is you only need a stick, a ball, and a wall to train. Some kids think they can get away with doing wall ball 2-3 times a week; however, to be an elite player, you need to be doing it everyday! Have a set time you do your wall ball. If you’re worried about burning out, take one day off per week. For example, make Friday your day off so you can relax after a long week of classes. Save Friday nights for going out with friends or on a date. But just remember, everyday you don’t do wall ball, there is someone out there that is going out and putting the extra work in.
2. Doing Wall Ball, But Not Working Off Hand
A common mistake young players make while doing wall ball is to just work their dominant hand. Here’s the deal: you must work your off hand! Imagine that since you’re right handed you only do bicep curls with your right arm, but ignore doing them with your left. Now do that for 6 months, and you’ll look pretty silly. You are doing the same thing by not working your off hand! The problem with being reliant on a single hand is you will eventually run into a defenseman who forces you to your off hand. If you work your off hand, you will be fine, but if you’ve neglected it, it’s all over but the crying. The best players at all levels can use both hands. I’m not saying you have to be a god with your offhand, but you must be competent (throw an accurate 20 yard pass) at a minimum.
3. Not Moving and Shooting
I’ve noticed that when youth players practice shooting, they stand in one spot and stay there the whole time. Ask yourself this: Are you ever going to get in a situation where you can stand 6 yards from the net and calmly shoot it top left corner? The answer is no. This is most important for you midfielders! If you have a good shot on the run, especially when on a fast break, college coaches will notice you. This is the best way to become an unstoppable offensive threat. Nothing is worse for a defenseman than a guy who can sprint down the alley and shoot it opposite side of the goalie. It is extremely hard to stop those guys; therefore, being one of those guys makes you stand out for coaches. Make sure you practice shooting on the run.
4. Shooting Underhand Every Time
There’s always one kid on a high school team that thinks shooting underhand is the only way to go. Let me tell you: it’s not. Yes, there is a time for the underhand shot, but it is not as good as a simple overhand or ¾ shot. The overhand shot is more accurate and has more power. If you watch college tape, you’ll notice Duke players shoot overhand most of the time. If Coach Danowski thinks it’s the best shot to use, chances are it is. It’s better to score 10 overhand goals than have 1 super cool low-to-high underhand shot. Coaches don’t care if you can score super sick goals if you can’t do it consistently. Therefore, overhand gives you the best bang for your buck.
5. Not Changing Shot Direction
Admittedly, I had this problem in high school. It was a huge factor in my decision to switch to defense—which worked out. But to be an elite shooter, you must be able to change shot direction. If you fake high, you must shoot low. If you fake low, you must fake high. The worst is when someone fakes left, and then shoots left. When you fake somewhere and shoot there as well, you are shooting exactly where you just made the goalie move. Not changing shot direction is the biggest culprit for why guys don’t score on the crease. So remember, when you fake somewhere, shoot anywhere else on net.
6. Not Moving Back to Goalies on Clears
This one comes down to sheer laziness or being too scared to make a play. If you are a part of the clear and look back to see your goalie still holding onto the ball, you must be the guy to run back to be an outlet. You get 20 seconds to clear the ball in college and wasting 10 seconds by making your goaltender stand there with the ball adds up. Imagine if you wasted 10 seconds on a clear by not helping your goaltender. Then, with 5 seconds in the game you have the ball and need to score one goal to tie the game. If you had gone back to your goaltender earlier on that clear, you would have 15 seconds instead of 5. I understand you get tired after a long defensive stand, but you must be the guy to get open for your goalie so the ball gets down the field. Don’t make your goaltender do all the work.
7. Attempting to Dodge Through Doubles/Triples
If there’s one player that makes me want to rip my hair out, it’s this guy. Please know that if you constantly attempt to dodge through doubles/triples, you are costing your team games. There is a difference between being aggressive with the ball and acting a fool. I had a guy on my high school team senior year that always did this. One game he turned the ball over 14 times in the first half. He was averaging 28 turnovers for the whole game. Do not be that guy.
If you are dodging and get doubled, know that a teammate should be open. It’s simple mathematics. If they have 6 and you have 6, and 2 of them cover you, it is now a 5 v 4 for the rest of the field. This is why you want to draw the slide. Yet, when you constantly attempt to charge through the double, you hurt your team by not passing to the open man. If you have this habit, you need to break it quick. You may get away with it in high school because you are paying to play, but guys that do this at the college level won’t be at the college level for long.
8. Holding onto Ball too Long
In lacrosse, using your time efficiently is everything. Therefore, you must get the ball out of your stick quickly. Consider which offense you would rather play against: one offense passes it to the open player and he holds it for six seconds looking around before jogging down the alley, eventually passing it back. The other offense gets the ball out of their stick every 2-3 seconds, constantly cutting through the crease and setting picks. Any defenseman would rather play the first offense. An offense that moves the ball out of their stick fast is tough to play, and you get tired fast. A great offense to watch is Denver’s. You’ll notice they get the ball out of their sticks every 2-3 seconds and are constantly moving. That is what you need to strive for.
9. Trail Checks
A lot of d poles make the mistake of depending on the trail check. I cannot stand this check. Next time, instead of doing a trail check when beat, you need to sprint to at least get even with your man, then disrupt his play anyway possible (get your stick in front of him, lean into him with your hip). It is better to race him back to a good spot than to attempt a trail check that probably won’t work. A trail check is you admitting your guy beat you and the game is over. It’s a last-ditch effort. Sort of like Pickett’s Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg.
The worst trail check is when your guy hasn’t beat you but is hanging his stick. Then the defender goes for the takeaway with the trail check, only for his man to pull his stick back in and race around the d pole for any easy goal. You simply cannot do this. You must be patient. If you attempt this move, you are surrendering whatever positioning you have left. Yes, you’ll feel cool if it actually works, but the odds of you being successful with this move against a top tier player is slim to none. Much better to never make this risky move and force your guy to pass the ball, than to try and be a reckless hero.
10. Not Working the 2 Slide or 3 Slide
This one is for all my defensemen. If you are newer to the game, here is a quick run down on how these slides work. The standard slide is the man who slides to the man with the ball once he beats his defender. The second man then covers the man who the slider was covering. The third man then covers the man who the second slider was covering. That is how a 2 and 3 slide work. I’ve noticed that many young defensemen do not go through with their 2 or 3 slide and assume the game is up once the initial slide happens. It is not. In fact, the best defensemen are not the ones who can occasionally force a good turnover. The best defensemen are the ones who are always in the right place and never give up their position, making it tough for the offense to score. Being able to go through with the 2/3 slides is critical to becoming an elite defenseman that top schools will look to recruit.
5 Lacrosse Shooting Drills for Rapid Improvement – LaxWeekly
Shooting is one of the most important skills in all of lacrosse. If you can shoot the ball well, you will score more goals and get more playing time. Today I want to go over my favorite shooting drills that will help you with your shooting form, shot speed and muscle memory. If you can incorporate these drills into your lacrosse routine, you will become a much better shooter. Let’s get into it!
Quick Shots – This is one of my favorite drills that you can do by yourself or with a partner. Get a bucket of lacrosse balls and place them about 5 yards above the goal. If you’re by yourself, scoop up a lacrosse ball from the pile as quickly as possible and turn around and shoot. If you’re with a partner, have the partner feed you the balls as quickly as possible. Your goal should be to shoot all of the balls as fast as possible, almost like you’d be playing “hot potato.”
This drill will help you develop comfort with shooting and forces you to quickly get rid of the ball instead of holding onto it for too long. Repeat this 2 or 3 times for a great warmup or standalone shooting workout.
Over the Cage – If you have access to two lacrosse goals, this is one of the most effective drills you can do. Place two lacrosse goals in front of each other about 3 feet apart. Now try to shoot a ball into the back goal by shooting over the front goal. By doing this, you are forcing yourself to shoot overhand, instead of sidearm or underhand. Shooting overhand is the most effective shooting form, and doing this drill creates muscle memory.
Pick a Corner – This is my favorite lacrosse drill to help with shooting accuracy. Start by shooting the ball from a spot you normally would on the field. That means if you’re an attackman, shoot a shot from about 5 yards away from the goal. If you’re a midfielder, shoot a shot on the run down the alley further out. But this time, pick ONE corner that you’re aiming for every single time. For example, only shoot for the bottom right corner.
By picking one corner, you can actually see if you are shooting the ball accurately. Many lacrosse players practice shooting with no specific target in mind. This is a bad idea because you don’t actually know if you are shooting at the spot you aimed at. Once you feel like you mastered one corner, pick another corner and do the same thing. Your ultimate goal should be to hit any corner you want.
Slow Reps – Like most things in life, it’s better to start off slow and steady instead of rushing into things. The same goes with lacrosse shooting. I see beginners try to shoot as hard as possible with no regard for form, and this will only make your shot form worse.
Every shooting session, start by practicing your shot form in slow motion. Get your hands far back, step through and shoot in a fluid motion. Over time you can build it up until you’re actually shooting full speed. Slow reps make you focus on form instead of power, and I would recommend every lacrosse player give them a try.
Eyes Up, Shoot Down – I saved the most complex drill for last. For this drill, set up a pile of lacrosse balls at the island, or about 5 yards up and 5 yards out from the goal. When shooting, pretend you’re looking right into the goalie’s eyes, or in the top middle of the goal. While not looking down, shoot the ball into a bottom corner of the goal. Repeat until you can pick a bottom corner of the goal without looking.
Most goalies are taught to focus on a shooter’s eyes, so if you’re looking at the top of the goal and shooting there, it will be easy to save your shot. If you can look to the top and shoot to the bottom, you will score more goals and be a deceptive shooter.
These are my all-time favorite lacrosse drills. Please let me know down in the comments what your favorite drills are and any questions you might have. Happy laxing!
What Does Bar Down Mean in Lacrosse? – Lacrosse Pack
There is a ton of lacrosse lingo out there that fly over the heads of people that are unfamiliar with the sport. If you have ever been in close proximity to a lacrosse team for an extended period of time, you probably heard the term ‘bar down’ thrown around once or twice.
Bar down is a slang lacrosse phrase to describe a shot that pings off of the bottom of the top cross bar and ricochets on a steep angle toward the ground into the goal. Players marvel at a successful bar down shot because there is a large margin for error associated with this kind of a shot attempt.
There is no doubt that a perfectly executed bar down shot is a feat to be commended on the lacrosse field. Now that you know the basic gist of what a bar down shot is, you probably want to see it in action! Stick around until the end to see live examples of bar down shots along with the do’s and don’ts behind how to shoot a successful bar down shot.
The Meaning Behind Bar Down in Lacrosse
If you think about it, bar down is a rather self explanatory term. It refers to the ball hitting the top cross bar and angling down toward the ground. When you learn it like that, it is not that challenging of a concept to grasp.
The bar down shot is an extremely high difficulty shot in lacrosse. This is because shooters have to nick the top crossbar in one precise location in order to get the ball to angle sharply downward.
Even if the shot is just an inch off, the ball will not go bar down. If the shot is an inch too high, the ball will hit the crossbar square on and ricochet back in front of the goal. If the shot is an inch too low, the ball will not even hit the cross bar at all. The shot needs to hit the little section right underneath the top beam in order for this shot to work.
To put it simply, most lacrosse players that flawlessly execute a bar down shot do so because of pure luck. They may be aiming in the general area of the crossbar, but it is nearly impossible to hit the bar down shot consistently.
For this reason, the bar down shot is a rare occasion on the lacrosse field, particularly during games. Not only does a shooter have to strike that teeny tiny section of pipe, they also have to generate enough velocity behind their shot to sneak the ball past the goalkeeper.
Many goalkeepers have an easy time of making saves on shots that are aimed high. This is because their goalie stick already lies in that position naturally. They barely have to move their stick at all to make the save on these kinds of shots. Unfortunately, it is necessary to shoot high to go bar down.
For the most part, players are only able to hit this high difficulty shot during a team practice or a casual shoot around when the stakes are not so high. Attempting to go bar down is ill-advised in serious game situations because it has such a high likelihood of failure.
Some lacrosse coaches are so against the concept that they will bench players that even attempt to go bar down. Needless to say, that is something that most lacrosse players want to avoid.
Still, you can always count on at least one or two players to go for the ooh’s and the aah’s that accompany the bar down shot. You can bet that they miss 99 out of 100 shot attempts. But boy oh boy, does that 100th shot look pretty!
Model Examples of Bar Down Shots
As promised, I included a couple of bar down shots to illustrate for you guys what this lacrosse gem really looks like. Without further ado, enjoy the following videos of Greg from East Coast Dyes tearing up the cross bar!
Zed’s Underhand Twister
All Canadians shoot Twisters or Curve Balls to create misdirection and deception of their shot. If you’re wondering how it works, think of your Sidearm shot where the swing angle sells far side and that when you pull it nearside it often times gets the goalie stepping to the wrong side. Watch Chrome’s Jordan McIntosh deceive a goalie on a sidearm pull shot.
Overhand Twisters, also called Curveball’s deceive goalies with an inside out swing angle isas opposed to the side arm outside in swing angle. Check out Cockerton’s Curveball below.
In box lacrosse you will see Underhand Twisters executed more often than in field lacrosse, in fact, this may be the first one I’ve seen! Notice how Zed’s swing angle is inside out and gives the goalie the feeling of nearside as he releases it far side. If you watch the Atlas goalie closely, you will see him reading the shot as nearside low.
Zed Draws a Quintuple
When Zed swam a slide and literally drew five players, all I could think of was the line from Pulp Fiction below:
Canadian / Native Box Shooters vs American Field Shooters
I’ve written about this before. Over the past 10 plus years in NCAA lacrosse, Box players have shot 34% while Americans have shot at 28%. This is over a 20% difference year after year. Americans are taught the mechanics of shooting with accuracy and getting shots off quickly whereas box players learn how to shoot in the context of defenders and goalies that have to be manipulated. Watch Zed execute a beautiful Mulit Hitch shot that makes the defenders get out of the way and simultaneously freeze the goalie!
Easy As Possible
The best dodgers in the PLL don’t necessarily break ankles and blow by their man with massive separation. In fact, the best players barely beat their man, which makes it very difficult to slide to! Watch the series of videos below illustrating the use of fakes, hesitations, and hitches to get great shots off and to hold off sliders.
I love the way Jesse King uses hesitations down the wing to his weak hand to set up his strong hand roll back. I really love the subtle hitch coming out of his rollback that draws the check and opens the window for his shot!
McIntosh makes it look pretty easy here. Many times when dodgers operate in a grey area in terms of where the defense wants to pressure or not and the wings are particularly good for making it hard on a defender to know where he is. Here McIntosh jogs along in that greay area. He knows he’s going to be in shooting range, and uses a little underhand hitch to draw a cross check, opening the window for his shot!
Here, Rambo knows when he gets a short stick and he initiates contact, it’s a signal to the defense to slide. He also knows that when he initiates contact its virtually impossible for the on ball defender to stop his spin move roll back. This is smart dodging that creates great offense!
Grant Ament is super fast and his change of direction is excellent. That said, for Grant Ament of anyone else, the use of Hesitations is what actually gets the job done. Watch the video below and you will see a perfect example.
- Right to Right V Cut
The Very Rare Backup Pick
Watch this video closely and you will see Atlas attackman Erik Law spring Ryan Brown wide open with a Backup Pick. In this Hang up situation, the defense is usually content to wait it out, cover their men in front and switch picks. The reason why Back up Picks work so well is because the defender guarding the picker doesn’t recognize a pick is being set and therefore doesn’t switch. Erik Law has been doing this for years and learned from DU Offensive Coordinator Matt Brown who used to set back up picks when I coached him at DU in the early 2000’s.
Here watch Grill get under a pick and D up Wolf on the Island! This is a play that not many defenders in the PLL have the quickness to do!
I have gotten to know BJ over the past few years and as good of a player as he is, he is an even better person! And what a coach!
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Lacrosse Shooting Tips to Improve Accuracy
(Source): If your child plays golf, tennis, baseball or softball, he uses some of the same fundamentals needed for making lacrosse shots. Breaking down the lacrosse shooting skill into easy-to-follow parts before putting the whole skill together will help your child improve in each area and develop the best combination of speed and accuracy.
1. Use the graduated length method
When teaching youngsters any new sport skill, it’s a good idea to start close to the net, goal or basket and move farther back as they learn to control a shot. Begin your shooting lessons near the goal so that their initial shots go into the net, giving them success and preventing you from having to chase balls after misses.
2. Experiment with hand placement
Lacrosse players spread their hands apart for catching, but this isn’t good for shooting because you can’t accelerate the stick. Placing both hands together at the bottom of the stick increases stick speed, but creates a loss of control. Have your child experiment with different hand placements to learn where he gets the best combination of placement and control.
Many lacrosse players put one hand near the bottom of the stick and one toward the middle. You can measure where to place the higher hand by holding the stick one-handed with the higher hand. Straighten the arm and the butt of the stick should rest in the middle of your elbow. Put the second hand toward the bottom, then have your player decide if she wants to move the top hand up or down a bit.
Practice catching balls with hands far apart, with the upper hand near the pocket, then quickly sliding the hands closer together to the shooting position. Once you have your hand placement decided, teach your players to keep their elbows away from their body to start swings.
3. Practice different backswings
The farther back you take a golf club, baseball bat, tennis racquet or lacrosse stick, the more acceleration and speed you can generate on the forward swing. You won’t need as much speed if you’re closer to the goal, where accuracy is a premium. Practice longer and shorter backswings so your child sees the difference in the results. You can take long swings when you’re close to the opponent’s goal if you have time, but if you’re being rushed, a short, quick swing might be all you have time for.
4. Accelerate the hips
For golf, tennis, baseball and lacrosse swings, the movement starts in the lower legs, with the thighs, hips and torso accelerating the smaller arms. Trying to shoot only with the arms decreases most of a player’s potential power and stick speed. To generate a more whip-like motion, have your child practice opening the hips slightly before the upper body and arms. This will help collapse the elbows in somewhat and speed up the arms.
5. Practice footwork
Teach your player to plant the front foot to get weight on the front leg before moving the hips forward. The toe of the back foot should be pointing at the ground with the heel up after a shot, or the back foot might even whip around in front of the front leg if the hip accelerates fast enough. If you shoot without this type of dynamic balance (flat-footed or off your back foot), you won’t be able to use as much lower body and core to accelerate the upper body arms. Shooting off the back foot results in a weaker, arms-only shot.
Have your child also practice “baby steps” or adjusting steps to the left, right, backward and forward, which she will have to do when in traffic. After making a few adjusting steps to the left, right or backward, your player will need to take the last step forward to accelerate the hips properly.
6. Practice off both sides
If a child can only shoot from one side, defenders will pick up on that and have an advantage trying to block shots. Teach your child to shoot off both sides. Don’t forget to start with the correct footwork for left- and right-handed shooting.
7. Teach overhand, sidearm & underhand techniques
Lacrosse players will need all three of these shooting techniques to help them make shots after picking up ground balls, catching balls at different heights and to avoid defenders.
8. Practice with different sticks
Even if your child knows his stick size, practicing with different length sticks forces him to practice different levels of control and power.
9. Practice on the run
Once your child has developed her fundamentals of hand placement, backswing, footwork and hip acceleration, have her practice these skill while running. Start slowly at first, at a jog, and then raise the speed as she gains control. Practice catching on the run and quickly shooting while still moving.
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Lacrosse Slang explained: • ATW… – Falmouth Youth Lacrosse
Lacrosse Slang explained:
• ATW – Around the World: similar to BTB except the stick is
wrapped around the opposite direction and the shot comes
from over the shoulder of the shooting hand. Scored a goal on
a sick ATW last game.
•Backbreaker: a trick shot where the stick is held by both hands
above the head and the ball is shot underhand and behind the back AND between the legs.
• Bag / Sack: the lacrosse stick pocket, usually a very deep one. How do you throw with that bag?
• Ball Hunt / Egg Hunt / Pill Hunt / any slang word for ball + Hunt: a practice ritual where players search for lost balls in the grass, woods, bushes, etc.
• Black Hole: a ball hog. Don’t throw it to him, he’s a black hole.
• Brave Heart: Where two players from each team take the field, a goalkeeper and a middie. The two middies face off and go one on one full field until one scores.
• BTB – Behind the Back: any shot or pass that you throw over the opposite shoulder of the shooting/passing hand
• Bucket: Helmet. Also used to refer to the old style of lacrosse helmets with the laces in the back.
• Buddy Pass / Hospital Pass / Murder pass / Star pass: a pass that is lobbed high and/or slowly through the air such that the recipient is crushed by defenders as he receives it
• Cage / Rack: the goal
• Cannon / Crank / Frozen Rope / Rope / Lazer / Howie (howitzer): a hard shot. That dude has got a cannon.
• Cheap it (Cheap the ball) / Gilman: Slang for clearing the ball from the defensive end with a long random pass into the offensive end.
• Crispy with the Rock: describes a player with precise feeding/shooting ability
• Cup Check: teammates tapping on a protective cup to prove that it is there. Also slang for a shot that hits a defender or goalie right in the groin.
• Dirty / Baller: Used to describe a very good player. That attackman is dirty.
• Door Step: Area right on the crease
• Dust / Dusty: unskilled defensive player
• Egg in the spoon- Player does not cradle, and carries ball in stick like its and egg on a spoon.
• Fish / NARP (Non-Athletic Regular Person) / Scrub: Unskilled player
• FOGO – Face Off / Get Off: Slang for the speciality position that faces off and then substitutes out.
• Golfing It: making a shot like a golf ball
• Goon Squad: guys on the bench that never play and always screw around
• Goose (Goose it): slang for a flipping the ball (ice hockey style) from the ground to a teammate.
• Grandma Goal: When the ball hits the outside of the net and no one but your grandma yells “NICE GOAL!”
• Hatty: Hat Trick: 3 goal game. Double Hatty: 6 goal game. Trip Hatty: 9 goal game.
• Hold: like whip but from the sides
• Hole: “get to the hole” the area in front of the goal.
• Hoover: A ground ball machine. A player adept at winning possession on loose balls.
• Ice pick: A check thrown “stabbing” downward with the butt of your stick
• Indian Pick-up / Baltimore Crab: a method of picking up a ball by rolling the top inside of the scoop over the ball, starting it moving in that direction, while turning the head under the ball quickly to collect it in one motion. Native Americans used this style of pickup given that their sticks had no scoops.
• Kayak: One of the harder and less useful checks to throw. Wrap your stick, butt end first around a guy for the check.
• Lax: Lacrosse
• Lax Rat: Player who eats, breaths, and sleeps lacrosse.
• Lettuce / Cabbage / Flow: long hair out the back of the helmet
• Lumber (Lay some lumber): slang for a strong defensive check and the impact of that check.
• Naked: Wide open. He was naked on the door step.
• Peanut Butter: Goal on the top shelf, cause that’s where mom keeps the peanut butter.
• Pearls / Cupcakes / Dougie Fresh / Fresh Rocks: brand new white lacrosse balls
• Phantom Check / Ghost Check: the mysterious loss of ball control
• Pillow / Popcorn / Egg / Gumball / Marshmallow: A soft shot that’s an easy save for the goalie
• Possession Shot: A shot way over the goal “on purpose,” to ensure possession to the team.
• Rake: trying to pick up a ground ball by putting your pocket over the ball and pulling backwards quickly
• Ride the Pine: To be on the bench.
• Rip Twine: A goal
• Rip: Shoot
• Rocks / Pills / Bullets / Cookies / Nut / Nuggets / Rock – lacrosse balls
• Rusty gate: a check that involved spinning a full 360 degrees and checking them with your back turned
• Sauerkraut – Ugly flow
• Shiners / Greasers / Slick Ricks / Butterballs / Marbles / Dusty Rocks: an old used lacrosse balls that has been warm down so much its greasy and shines
• Sick: Good, nice
• Stick Ninja: Player who is good at stringing sticks.
• Stick Doctor: Player that fixes bad pockets.
• Stuff: Close range save by the goalie
• Tennis Racket: A pocket that is shallow, or not broken in enough and doesn’t have much hold or depth.
• Tilt: wearing your helmet so that it is angled down towards the ground
• Top Cheddar (aka Top Ched) / Rip Top Swiss / Rip a Duck / Top Shelf: Shot that scores in the top part of the goal
• Turf Monster: The unseen beast that causes players to trip and fall by themselves when playing on turf
• Walk the Dog / Pizza Oven / Carry the Pizza: when a player runs down the field carrying the ball in their stick way out in front of them in one hand with their arm extended, and holding the bottom of the shaft. This keeps the ball in the head of the stick without needing to cradle and to avoid checks from behind.
• Wand / Spoon / Twig: Lacrosse Stick
• Whip: the pockets ability to “pull” the ball down
• Wizard / Dangler: Player who has good stick skills.
• Worm Burner / Carpet Burner / Toe Jammer: Underhand low to low shot that skims above the ground.
• Yard Sale / Yahztee / Detwigged: when a player gets their stick checked out of their hands
• Zebra / Stripes: Referee
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The atmosphere in the dressing room was tense, the air seemed to be electrified by the overwhelming adrenaline.These minutes before the coach says his parting words and we finally enter the field are terrible and at the same time they are the best. Any outcome seems possible: victory and defeat, pride and shame, triumph and disappointment. At this time, the team spirit is strongest and the motivation is higher.
Outside, one can hear the chants of classmates, as well as of the enemy’s fans. It’s hard to believe now that just five years ago no one was interested in lacrosse at Maxton Hall. It was then a sport for losers.Those who did not excel in rugby or football were sent to the lacrosse team, so it was very weak. A crowd of skinny teenagers with pimply faces and long limbs that they didn’t know what to do with.
I thought then: it would be fun to sign up there. First of all, I hoped to bring my father to white heat. And I never expected that I might like it. Or that within a few weeks, out of vanity, you will want to do something from this team. I convinced my friends to join us, thoroughly intimidated the rector of Lexington with the wrath of his parents if he did not get us a good coach, and ordered the development of a sports uniform from our best designer.
For the first time in my life, I was so passionate. And my efforts paid off. Now, five years later, after many hours of weekly training, blood, sweat, tears, broken bones and three championships won, we are finally worthy of the front sign of our fucking school.
We went out of our way to achieve all this. And I am filled with pride whenever I see the determined faces of the team before the game.
This is how it is now.
True, today another feeling resonates within.Dark and painful, which made it difficult for me to put protective gear on my head for the first time in all these years.
This will be the first game of my last school year.
When the season is over, it will be over for me too. Lacrosse is just going to be part of a slow countdown that I can’t stop. No matter how hard I try, it’s all in vain.
– So what? Ren pushed his shoulder.
I barely dropped my thoughts. There is still time – there is a whole year ahead, during which I can do what I want.With a strained smile, I turned to him:
– We’ll show them, those Eastview assholes.
– Chur, McCormack is mine, – Alistair reacted quickly, as if he was just waiting for a prearranged signal. – I have to get even with him.
– Alistair, – began Kesh. He was rubbing the bridge of his nose, in the very spot that had been broken last year. – Fuck him. – Alistair’s intonation and meaningful look left no doubt that it was not the first time they had spoken about this.
“No,” he replied succinctly.
McCormack, who, unfortunately, had the same name as me, deliberately punched Kesha in the face with the stick last game as soon as he took off his helmet. I still remember the shock when Kesh fell to the ground. His nose was bleeding onto his tights. And I remember those minutes when he lay unconscious in front of us.
Although McCormack was suspended for the next three games, the thought of his friend’s shattered face raised anger in me – just as, obviously, Alistair, who was still looking resolutely at Kesh.
“Just don’t do anything rash,” Kesh said, pulling on his blue tights.Then he tied his hair in a high, casual bun and closed the cabinet.
“You know him,” Ren said, leaning his elbows on the locker room with a grin.
– I don’t care if I get banned from the game for the rest of the season. McCormack will be responsible for everything. – Alistair patted Kesh on the shoulder.
– Say thank you that I will stand up for your honor.
Before he could remove his hand, Kesh grabbed it and held it for a moment:
– I’m telling you seriously.
Alistair narrowed his amber eyes:
– Me too.
They stared at each other for too long, and the atmosphere intensified even more. But time intervened.
“Save your strength for the game,” I said in such a tone that it immediately became clear that I was addressing them not as a friend, but as a captain. Two pairs of angry eyes rushed at me, but before the guys could reply, I clapped my hands loudly.
The team immediately gathered in the middle of the dressing room. I pulled the number “17” leotard over my head. The fabric was so familiar that it was part of me.That dark feeling came back to me, but I suppressed it and tried to focus on Coach Freeman, who came out of his dressing room and headed towards us. He was a tall, lanky man who, because of his long limbs, was mistaken for a distance runner or athlete rather than a lacrosse player. He put a cap on his thinning blond hair, adjusted his visor and put his arms around the shoulders of me – the captain, and Cyril – the deputy.
He glanced around at the team.
– For some of you this is the first season, for some it will be the last.The overall goal remains the championship, he growled. Everything else is secondary. So look, do not disappoint.
Coach Freeman is not particularly eloquent here, but a couple of his words are enough to cause loud, approving cries in our ranks.
“This season should be the best in the history of Maxton Hall,” I added a little louder than the coach. – Do you agree?
The guys shouted back in unison, but Cyril considered their answer not loud enough. He put his hand to his ear:
The roar this time was such that it rang in my ears – perfect.
After that we put on our helmets and grabbed the sticks. The way out of the locker room through a narrow tunnel was like diving under water – the noise outside came in muffled, as if it were pressing on my ears. I tightened my grip on the club and led the team onto the field.
The stands were crowded. People cheered as we ran out onto the field and the cheerleaders danced. Music thundered loudly from the speakers, and the earth trembled underfoot. I was letting fresh air through my lungs, and for the first time in weeks I felt so alive.
As the substitutes and the coach made their way to the edge of the court, we lined up in the center of the field, face to face with the opposing team, which looked equally enthusiastic.
“This will be the right game,” Cyril, standing next to me, said, voicing my thoughts.
While we waited for the judge, I looked around the stands. From here I could see very few people, except perhaps Lydia. She, as always, sat with her friends at the very top and acted as if she was not interested in this sight. I looked at the edge of the pitch, studying the other team’s substitutes, then at their coach, who was just on his way to greet Freeman.
Then my attention was attracted by a girl who approached the trainers. After exchanging a few words with them, she showed them something in her hands. The wind blew and I could see her face behind her hair.
I cannot afford to be seen next to you.
This memory was like a blow in the stomach. Nobody has ever told me that.
As a rule, the opposite is true. People strive to be noticed next to me at any cost. From the first day I came to this school, classmates followed my heels and tried to get attention.You can’t get away from this if your name is Beaufort. Ever since mom’s relatives founded a fashion house for traditional menswear one hundred and fifty years ago and created a multibillion-dollar business as it developed, there has not been a single person in the country who did not know our last name. Beaufort is associated with wealth. With influence. Power. And there are enough people in Maxton Hall who think that I could give them all of this – or even a small part – if they flatter them properly.
I don’t have enough fingers to count all the cases when, after a stormy party, they slipped me sketches of costumes.How many times have they talked to me under some pretext, so that during the conversation they casually clarify the contact details of the parents. How often they tried to get into the circle of my friends, so that later they could pass on inside information about me and Lydia to the press. The snapshot from Ren’s sixteenth birthday two years ago, in which I sniff drugs, is just one example of many. Not to mention what Lydia had to endure.
So I choose my friends carefully. Ren, Alistair, Cyril and Kesh do not need my money – they already have enough of this stuff.Alistair and Cyril come from the Old English aristocracy, Ren’s father made a fortune in stock companies, and Kesh’s dad is a successful film producer.
People are looking for our attention.
All except …
My gaze settled on Ruby. Her dark, wind-blown hair gleamed in the sun. She struggled with her bangs, smoothing it down with her hand, although it was useless: after a few seconds, her hair was blown back in the wind. I’m pretty sure I had never seen her before this incident with Lydia.I wonder why.
I really can’t afford to be seen next to you.
Everything about her aroused disbelief in me — especially her piercing green eyes. I just wanted to approach her in order to understand: does she look at other people the same way as at me, with fire and contempt in her eyes?
This girl saw my sister cuddling with the teacher. I wonder what her intentions are. Waiting for the right moment to detonate the bomb? This would not be the first screaming headline about my family.
Mortimer Beaufort has an affair with a twenty-year-old!
Cornelia Beaufort is depressed!
Will addiction kill him? James Beaufort is an addict!
After dinner with an employee, my father was credited with an affair, and after a quarrel between the parents, my mother was diagnosed with severe depression. They made me a junkie on the verge of an overdose, who needs to be saved. It’s hard to even imagine what the journalists will learn if they sniff out about Lydia and Mr. Sutton.
I kept looking at Ruby.She took a camera out of her backpack and filmed the coaches shaking hands. My gloves creaked as I gripped the club so tightly. I misjudged Ruby. I don’t know if she told me the truth and if there is a cold calculation behind this.
Maybe I should have offered her more money. Or she needs something else, and she is biding her time to demand …
The fact that the fate of my family – in particular Lydia – is in the hands of this girl, I did not like at all.
I cannot afford to be seen next to you.