By Coach Damon on November 13, 2017
When we think about the basics of making a save in lacrosse, the first element I teach is – top hand straight to the ball. You recognize where the shot is going and then move your hands (which controls the stick) to get there. There are a lot of variables involved in making a saveContinue Reading Post
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By Coach Damon on July 31, 2017
I think every lax goalie rat out there has had a practice where they simply didn’t feel like playing. It’s not a good feeling. It leads to a bad practice and if you have enough bad practices, your game performance suffers. While many goalies have no problems getting hyped and motivated for the games, lotsContinue Reading Post
By Coach Damon on February 20, 2017
I recently received a question from a high school goalie regarding weight gain and lacrosse goalies that I thought was very important to share with the Lax Goalie Rat community. Since many other large goalies might be in the same situation this young goalie finds himself in I wanted to write up the answer andContinue Reading Post
By Coach Damon on October 10, 2016
Lacrosse goalie’s have one of the most difficult tasks in sports. Not only do we have to prevent a high velocity shot from entering the goal but we also have to control the rebound and lead the clear so we can get our team back on offense. Every rebound you give up is another opportunityContinue Reading Post
By Coach Damon on July 25, 2016
Scott Rodgers is a beast. At 6’4″ 250+lbs he’s built more like a middle linebacker in the NFL than a lacrosse goalie. But he’s dominate in the cage. His Twitter profile pic is this and I’m pretty sure it’s drawn to scale. At Notre Dame he led the Fighting Irish to an improbable run toContinue Reading Post
By Coach Damon on June 19, 2016
Shane Doss is the current starting lacrosse goalie for Notre Dame and in case you haven’t heard of him, he’s one of the top lax goalies in the NCAA right now. As a sophomore in 2015 he helped lead Notre Dame to the semifinals of the NCAA national championship where they were eliminated by eventualContinue Reading Post
By Coach Damon on April 18, 2016
The “five-hole” is a nickname for the space between a lacrosse goalie’s legs and for some goalies making consistent saves on five hole shots is the biggest challenge they face. As I’ve discussed my simple way to think about saves, the strategy for making saves to any part of the goal is the same. HoweverContinue Reading Post
By Coach Damon on April 14, 2016
When we play in goal there are 2 equally important elements of our game – 1.) making the save 2.) leading the defense. The better you do the 2nd element, the easier the 1st becomes. One of the most important parts of leading a defense is being a great communicator. Your personal knowledge is notContinue Reading Post
By Coach Damon on March 14, 2016
An inside roll, also called a crease roll, is a move from an attackman where they drive from behind the goal to a point about 5 yards above GLE and 5 yards away from the goal. They then roll back towards the goal and attempt to score. Here is a montage of offensive players performing the crease roll:Continue Reading Post
By Coach Damon on December 14, 2015
When I first started playing lacrosse goalie in college, I sucked. I had no idea how to play goalie. Nor did I possess the courage to face a 90mph rubber bullet coming my way. But by my junior year, I was the starting goalie for our university. And by my senior year I was team captainContinue Reading Post