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Hot Pot Of Lax: Penalty Or Ejection?

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I love lacrosse because it’s fast and physical, and because the sport requires skill and toughness.  I also recognize that there are rules out there designed to protect players, and keep the games from getting out of hand.

When I saw the hit below last weekend in the UVA – Hopkins game, I definitely thought that the UVA player would get assessed at least two unreleasable minutes.  Instead it was a one-minute unreleasable penalty.  The Lacrosse Network captured the hit and it’s gotten over 6,000 views on Youtube.  Let’s dig in!

Arguing over whether or not something should be 1 or 2 minutes, or 2 or 3 minutes is kind of pointless because that is really within the ref’s discretion.  We won’t bandy about in that manner.  But we will ask, “should this have been a Penalty… or an Ejection?” because we want to see what our readers have to say on the matter!

Here are some quick observations:

-The hit was head to head and the Hop player lost his helmet.

-The Hopkins player had lost the ball when he was hit but was still within 5 yards of it.

-The UVA player seems to leave his feet, and hits the JHU player with an upward motion.

-The UVA player also approaches the hit ready to crosscheck the Hopkins player.

Watch the hit above and drop us a quick note in the comments with your thoughts!  Is this a run of the mill penalty?  Is this an ejection?  Or should offensive players just pay better attention?

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About the author

Connor Wilson

Connor is the Publisher of LacrosseAllStars.com. He lives in Brooklyn with his better half, continues to play and coach both box and field lacrosse in NYC as much as possible, and covers the great game that is lacrosse full-time. He spends his spare time stringing sticks and watching Futurama.