Lacrosse has been around for thousands of years and still evolving. The lacrosse attack can be a never ending topic for players, coaches and enthusiasts to discuss. Creativity, imagination have been the leading factors in the growth of lacrosse and also the style of play. It’s those factors and hard work that will help you in a game. This section will say a few words on both field and box attacks.
Lacrosse Attack – Field Lacrosse
The field lacrosse attack is split into two schools of thought. The first one being take every opportunity to the cage, attack as much as you can. The second one is an attack based around possession, controlling the ball and striking at the right moment. Let me say a bit about the two before jumping to any conclusion.
Lacrosse Attack – Run and Gun
What team doesn’t like scoring right? So every time you have a chance, why not try and get a goal? That’s what the first school of thought says. It is true yes but cannot be the case for all teams. What if the goalie makes a save or someone messes up?….Fast break the other way. What if things just aren’t clicking that game….fast break the other way. Sometimes when things don’t click on an offense it could fall apart. You would need to make sure everyone is on the same page for every play and also know the counter-attack encase the play doesn’t work. So there is good and bad in this first school of thought.
Lacrosse Attack – Possession
Good things come in time, control the ball, the possession and therefore the game. Patience is the key, partnered with a well thought out and executed attack. That is where the second school of thought is coming from. What if you don’t score? What if someone doesn’t back up the shot? There’s for sure a loss of possession and maybe even a fast break. If you are controlling the ball for 5 minutes plus then don’t get a goal or one gets scored on you it can bring a team down.
Then on the other hand if you do score, win the next face-off and get another possession. One can hold it again for five minutes and shoot at the right time. That will tire the defense out and just completely stun an offense. Next time the opposing offense gets the ball, they will force the play and have a high chance of error. Some good and bad in this one too.
So there’s good and bad in both field lacrosse attacks, depending on the team you have it could be better one or the other. I am a firm believer that any good team is a perfect blend between these two schools of thought. A team that has patience’s and knows when to strike but also takes the opportunity when it’s presented. Having those two styles played at different times of the game can really messed up a defense making them tired and discouraged.
Lacrosse Attack – Box Lacrosse
Box lacrosse is a beast within itself, you have to fight for every inch on the floor. A box lacrosse offense is going to get beat up during a game no doubt. They have to be quick, tough and willing to pay the price in order to score.
In box, you want to have a lot of ball movement so that you tire out the defensemen and get the goalie moving. If you don’t tire out the defensemen they will be in full strength to cross-check until you give them the ball. If a goalie isn’t moving an easy save can be made. So it is crucial that the ball stays in a players stick only three seconds max…catch, look, pass. When the ball is passed around fast enough someone of the defense is going to be out of place. That’s when you get a shot, dodge or a player without the ball cuts into the middle for an opportunity.
Box Lacrosse Attack 101
It box it’s crucial for every player to know that just because you are dodging doesn’t mean you are looking to shoot on the net. Good box teams have a couple of passes and dodges going to later to feed someone cutting down the middle. This is the beauty of box lacrosse, there are so many different possibilities with the little space given.
It’s best to start the ball low at the crease at the beginning of an offensive set. Once that player runs into contact the other players should be setting picks for each other, cutting to the net or be the support pass. It sounds pretty simple but on the floor when you are getting cross-checked every couple of seconds, that will change everything.
A good box attack should have every player on the floor doing something and be on the same page. They should have picks and cuts timed right, ball should be moving quickly and shooters ready. In box there’s a thirty second shot clock so holding on to the ball to long will result in a loss of possession… so shoot! Get the goalie and defense moving, set the right picks, do the right cuts, shot and score. Sounds easy but it’s just a matter of a team practicing with one another and getting used to each others styles.