You’ve seen it before. It’s a scorching hot day as two teams get set to battle it out on the lacrosse field.
As the goalie takes the field, he’s wearing….sweatpants!
Lax goalies have one of the few jobs in the world where sweatpants are appropriate business attire.
In fact, I completely recommend every goalie wear sweatpants. And the baggier they are, the better.
So why do some lacrosse goalies always wear sweatpants in the cage? And should you start doing it?
Sweatpants provide added protection
Most lacrosse goalies don’t wear any pads on their legs. So as weird as it may sound, the extra fabric of sweatpants helps to take some of the sting out of getting hit directly in the thigh with a shot.
Make sure you’re using the heavy duty sweatpants, like these Heavy Weight Sweatpants from Champion. You don’t want the lightweight sweats as that defeats the purpose of getting extra protection on the legs.
Many lacrosse goalies pull up the sweats so they expose the shins, letting the world know you’re not committing the sin of wearing shin guards.
When pulled up to the knee the sweats also provide some nice padding for shots taken directly to the knee.
Sweatpants provide extra saves
Many lacrosse goalies swear by baggy sweatpants for the additional surface area they provide to protect the net.
This extra surface area can translate into an additional save every couple of games.
Even if the sweats don’t result in saves they definitely take up more surface area and reduce the amount of open cage an attacking player sees. This often results in them firing an errant shot which doesn’t count as a save but is better than a goal.
I remember several saves very specifically where the ball hit my sweats under the crotch or grazed the side of my sweats just enough to deflect it from going into the goal.
Lacrosse goalies are a crazy breed. We’d probably shave off our eyebrows if it meant an additional save per game!
Instead we wear sweatpants and get a few extra saves every season because of that.
Sweatpants Provide Warmth
In my example in the intro of this post, the game was on a hot day but the lacrosse season starts in February when there’s still snow on the ground in the North East.
Because goalies are not active while the ball is on the other side of the field, it tends to get a little chilly.
Therefore, most goalies will wear the sweatpants to also keep their legs warm.
It’s important to stay loose and warm while the ball is on your own offensive side so that when its time to play defense you’re reaction time doesn’t suffer one bit.
Sweatpants will keep you warmer than shorts.
Sweatpants are a Goalie’s Superstition
Many lacrosse goalies have superstitions that they follow to maintain their dominance in the cage. If they’re doing a certain thing or even eating a certain thing, they won’t switch up during a hot streak.
Some goalies like ex-Syracuse star John Galloway rub dirt on their face and re-tape their goalie stick before every game.
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About Coach Damon
About Coach Damon
Lacrosse is my passion! The game has given me so much and this blog is my way of giving back to the lax community. Specifically the most bad a$$ part of that community - the goalies! After learning to play goalie from scratch, I wanted to create a site where I could share what I learned with others so they too can become champions in the crease and in life. Learn more about Coach Damon.