Team USA coach Ricky Fried and the U.S. women's national team presented on Saturday., focusing on Team USA's man-up and man-down units.
One tip from the U.S. women's national team's live demo: In an up situation, the ball carrier should always at least look to shoot. It's a lot easier to downshift from a shot mentality to a pass mentality than it is to gear up for a shot when you were thinking pass.
Former Johns Hopkins All-American Kyle Harrison was joined by LXM Pro players Sam Bradman (Salisbury), Max Ritz (Maryland) and Tim Desko (Syracuse), along with goalie Matt Russell (Navy), for a highly interactive hour-long session at the Live Field. Harrison, who was introduced by his father, Dr. Miles Harrison, and Bradman showed off their time-and-room shooting skills, as well as shooting on the run. Ritz and Desko discussed finishing in tight.
An hour-long recruiting session included a panel of high school and college coaches from many levels (men's and women's Division I, III and club). A pair of common themes emerged: Coaches prefer frequent and specific contact from recruits themselves rather than parents, and everyone loves multi-sport athletes.
Wheelchair lacrosse games are played on roller hockey rinks, with players strapped into modified wheelchairs welded specifically for their bodies. Most of the equipment mirrors that which you'll find in able-bodied lacrosse, with the exception of carpenter-style kneepads that protect against downward stick checks and long poles that are 50 inches (like a goalie shaft) rather than 60.
A wheelchair lacrosse demonstration, led by 40-year-old Ryan Baker of San Diego, featured 5-on-5 action and players from all corners of the country. Baker co-founded a wheelchair lacrosse group in San Diego several years ago and has helped recruit players that have since established teams in Atlanta, Richmond and Denver.
A group of 10 wheelchair lacrosse players demonstrated their relatively new version of our very old sport in front of about 100 spectators.
In an up situation, the ball carrier should always at least look to shoot. It's a lot easier to downshift from a shot mentality to a pass mentality than it is to gear up for a shot when you were thinking pass.
2011 Tewaaraton Award winner at Northwestern and first-year Hofstra women's coach Shannon Smith is serious about stickwork and what it can do for a team. The Pride starts practice working through various stickwork routines, which Smith displayed Saturday.