In any sport, let alone one with a niche like lacrosse, it’s only natural for athletes to want to gain a competitive advantage in any way, shape or form that they can. Yes, many kids do things, like go to camps, take lessons from more experienced players, and practice the game routinely that will help a young lacrosse player to grow and improve their skill set. But there’s also a variety of other things that a lacrosse player can do and several other venues that players can go to for information to gain a competitive advantage.
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Joe Bannon, goaltender for the Chesapeake Bayhawks and Trilogy goalie instructor, breaks down the necessity of having proper footwork in the crease.
The privileges and responsibilities of the goalie are very specific and unique for lacrosse. These athletes are dedicating their life to the craft of goaltending, we must stay up on the rule and game changes to be confident that we are calling the best game that we can. Goalies count on us to get the little things right, if a player of the opposite team steps in the crease, no matter what, a flag or whistle must be blown.
After a brief hiatus from Music Monday I’m back with a treat for you! Desmond Bailey aka Baer C00n The Ewokk’s Goon Hand 2. You may remember us mentioning Des in an October edition of End Caps. For those of you just hearing of Baer Coon for the first time, Bailey is a goalie for the Chicago Outlaws, a semi-pro box team which plays in the CILL. Des’ colorful and eccentric nature makes for a great character in the cage and on the mic.
Goal Guardian board member Ted Glynn, a three-time starter and MVP at Kean University, former Owner/General Manager of the Reading Rockets in the Professional Lacrosse League (PLL) and a goaltending instructor in northern New Jersey, sat down with us to answer a few questions for our second installment of the Guardian Goaltending Interview Series.
Guardian board member Hunter Francis, the Director of Operations for the Baltimore Bayhawks from 01-06 and also the Owner/GM of the Baltimore Bombers in 2013, took some time out of his busy day to sit down and answer a few questions on goaltending for this first installment of the Guardian Goaltending Interview Series.
Pat Johnston picked up his fourth win of the season in goal for the RIT Tigers, making eight saves in net. Pat also got on the scoreboard and notched his first goal of the year about half way through the first half against WNEU. His goal gave RIT a 4-2 lead, and RIT would go on to win the game 18-6.
As a goalie, there is nothing worse than a crank shot from 5 yards away… the second least favorite shot for most keepers has to be the long pole bomb. You never know where it’s going, the angles are different, and half the time the poles don’t even know where the ball is going. It makes for exciting lacrosse, and can be a momentum changing play.
Goalies are incredibly important in lacrosse, and sometimes they just don’t get the love they deserve. As an attackman, I know that I’ve given out a few stingers and shots and rides. As long as it’s not a penalty, that’s just good hard play, but when it’s your own goalie, you need to give him props. In the end, you can’t play without a goalie, he’s your last line defense, and game after game he takes a beating.
The Guardian National Championship is a brand new “championship style” goalie combine, and it is the brain child of Ginny Capicchioni. The idea behind the combine is that “the best of the best, both domestically and internationally, are invited to compete against each other for the chance to be crowned the Guardian of their age group”. We had to learn more!
Matt Russell was back in goal for Team STX after suffering a broken thumb a few weeks earlier, and before the game in Cocoa Beach, FL had seen a full quarter, Russell took another shot off the thumb, and had to leave the game. One had to wonder who would step in goal if Matt were unable to return? We got our answer only a few minutes later, as Maxx Davis gave up the short stick and stepped in between the pipes. The Lacrosse Performance of the Year ensued!
Can you guess who this goalie is? We’ll give you a hint. He’s a professional field goalie, and this was his very first time trying his hand at box. My honest assessment is that he didn’t flinch, even when coaches were rifling balls at him, and he took to it easily.
Caelahn Bullen isn’t the biggest goalie in the world. but he definitely impressed me with his positioning, as well as his ability to react to shots from in close. I’ll let you decide if you think his game is on point or not (I think it is), but there are a couple of other points about this young prospect that make me think of him as a winner…
When a goalie decides to take the ball up the field themselves, you always figure they’re going to pass it. Unless I’m playing against Brett Queener or Marty Dunn, that’s what I would expect, at least. In the clip below, I’d be thinking the same thing… this kid is going to pass it, but he doesn’t.
Tommy Gilligan is helping out at a yard sale today in New York, and he came across a true gem… an old plastic Brine goalie stick from Geneseo State!