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NCAA Lacrosse: Syracuse Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach John Desko’s “2012 Wishlist” Includes “Smaller Pockets”, “Larger Goals” And “Shot Clocks” To Improve Men’s Lacrosse


“…most college lacrosse games have devolved into a boring chess match of plodding offenses trying to dent disciplined zone defenses…”

“…There are no offset heads and deep pockets in women’s lacrosse. Desko said there is talk about adjusting the dimensions of the

Syracuse Men's Lacrosse Head Coach John Desko

men’s stick to bring the stick check back into play and thus speed up the game…”

“…Goalies as a group are much better athletes than they once were, and they are being assisted by sagging zone defenses in which defenders seem to form a wall in front of them… If the goal is bigger can you shoot from farther out, so now you can stretch zones? It’s a thought.”

 John Desko  is a proponent of a shot clock, which he feels is a “nice, clean” way to address the issue. But the veteran SU coach has a few other ideas, too. One has been contemplated for some time now. The other one is novel.

The first involves stick technology. The evolution of the offset head and the narrowing of the width of the head without a corresponding adjustment to the pocket have pretty much eliminated the stick check from the sport. Offensive players are much more comfortable strolling around with the ball secure in the knowledge that they will have to be mugged by two or three defenders before the ball is finally jarred loose.

“At the coaches’ convention they showed highlights of the end of games when people were stalling and defensemen and the goalie were coming out and double-teaming the ball and checking their sticks and checking their sticks and the ball wouldn’t come out,” Desko said. “So there was a fair amount of discussion about the heads and the pockets. They showed earlier games where somebody checked the stick and the ball would come out literally with a poke check. Now you double-team and you check the stick and it doesn’t come out.”

The coach’s other idea was intriguing.

“I’ve never heard anybody else talk about this, but what happens if we make the goal bigger?” he said. “There probably would be more scoring. If the goal is bigger can you shoot from farther out, so now you can stretch zones? It’s a thought.”

Anyone who has watched a lot of hockey and then goes to an outdoor lacrosse game for the first time would consider it a crazy thought considering the size of a lacrosse goal. But consider this: Goalies as a group are much better athletes than they once were, and they are being assisted by sagging zone defenses in which defenders seem to form a wall in front of them.

Something has to be done to break down that wall or the game’s descent toward soccer-type scores will continue.

For more:  http://blog.syracuse.com/orangelacrosse/2012/01/syracuse_university_lacrosse_c_6.html

NCAA Men’s And Women’s Lacrosse: Goals Scored In Men’s Lacrosse Levels Out At 20 Goals Per Game (GPG) While Women’s Lacrosse Declines To 24 GPG


 

Overall scoring changed little this past spring compared to a year ago across the three NCAA men's divisions. However, a 1.2 goal per game increase in Division I was offset by a similar drop in Division II. In fact, the average – about 20 goals per game – was almost identical in all three divisions for the first time since this analysis has been done. But that level of scoring in Division I lacrosse hasn't been seen since the 2001 season.

After a four-year rise in scoring in the women's lacrosse, the average declined slightly (0.4 goals per game). There was little change in any of the three divisions, and scoring in Division II continued to be the most prolific at 25.4 goals per game. Women's matches continued to result in about 4 goals per game more than in men's matches.

Video: Duke’s Matt Danowski’s behind-the-back dive goal off a Zack Greer feed


Danowski on how it went down:
“I was running to get behind the goal, to X and set up the offense, when Greer threw a hard pass that I didn’t see coming. He led me a bit with the pass and the ball got out in front of me, so I pushed forward to get it.
I had the stick in my right hand so, as I dove, I ended up with the ball in my stick cross-handed. I really had nothing to do but try an around-the-world shot and it went in. I try that all the time in practice and never get it anywhere near the goal, so I think I was the most surprised that it actually went in.”