Pat Campbell Gives Box Goalie Tips

Pat Campbell Toronto Rock

Pat Campbell, back up goalie for the Toronto Rock, gives some tips on the basics of box lacrosse goal-tending. For anyone out there who has considered playing goalie in box, these are tips to know for sure. For anyone who plays box on offense, these are also good tips to know – so that you can somehow score on these heavily padded mad men.

Pat Campbell Head save
That's using your melon.

This winter, I’ve seen 4 or 5 different field goalies play box lacrosse for the first time. Almost ALL struggled with keeping the stick in one hand, between their legs, initially, but the majority have really seemed to pick up some of the concepts… and in only a couple of games! I bet watching this video would have helped.

My one question: Why hasn’t some washed up American hockey goalie decided to play box lacrosse? The US team could really use a new keeper (as Miller is getting older each year) and the guy would have to have a shot in the NLL. Philly would take him. He’d be American!  Ok, maybe not, but someone might take the guy.  But seriously, hockey washouts, get cracking.

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  1. Playing box goalie is far more like being a hockey goaltender than a field goalie. As a former hockey goalie and current box goalie, three major adjustments occur: 1) Adjusting to the shots coming from high or even sidearm. Ice hockey shots always start from ice level. 2) Ice hockey goalies instinctively catch with their glove hand. I’ve done this several times in box lacrosse, resulting in sprained or broken fingers. It’s a very difficult instinct to undo. 3) As a box goalie compared to a hockey goalie, you need to stay a little deeper in the net, in order to cover the shots over your shoulders, and stand more upright– i.e. less crouch.