This weeks coaches corner is going to talk about one of the most used offenses in lacrosse, the 1-4-1. This is an offense used at various levels. It is often used as a type of Zone Buster, since there are two players inside on the crease. It is also used because it forces defenses to alter their slide packages due to the players on the perimeter and having to cover the inside.
The 1-4-1 offense is used to create scoring opportunities by spreading out the offensive players and moving the ball quickly around the perimeter of the offensive zone. The formation consists of one player behind the goal, four players across the top of the offensive zone, and one player in front of the goal.
Dissecting the 1-4-1 – Who Does What
- X Attack: The X Attack player is positioned behind the goal and is responsible for setting up plays and feeding the ball to teammates in scoring positions. The X Attack player is typically a skilled dodger and passer who can draw defenders and create space for his teammates.
- Point Player: The Point Offensive player is positioned at the top of the offensive zone. They are responsible for initiating the offense and moving the ball quickly around the perimeter. The Point player is typically a skilled passer who can make accurate and timely passes to his teammates.
- Wings : The Wing Attack players are positioned on either side of the Point Attack player and are responsible for cutting and creating scoring opportunities. The Wing Attack players are typically skilled shooters who can finish scoring opportunities.
- Midfielders: The Midfielders are positioned at the top of the offensive zone. They are responsible for supporting the offense by cutting, setting screens, and creating scoring opportunities. The Midfielders are typically skilled at both offense and defense. They must be able to quickly transition from offense to defense when necessary.
- Crease Attack: The Crease Attack player is positioned in front of the goal and is responsible for creating scoring opportunities by cutting and finishing scoring opportunities. The Crease Attack player is typically a skilled shooter who can finish scoring opportunities in close proximity to the goal.
Dissecting the 1-4-1
The 1-4-1 offense relies on quick ball movement, good spacing, and intelligent cutting to create scoring opportunities. By spreading out the offensive players and moving the ball quickly, the offense can create mismatches and draw defenders out of position. The 1-4-1 offense can be effective against both man-to-man and zone defenses, as it can create confusion and force defenders to make quick decisions.
Often Times you will hear the 1-4-1 referred to as the “Mumbo” offense. This was made famous by Coach Dave Cottle during his time at Loyola. This offense has taken on a life of its own and been common place for teams ever since.
The Mumbo –
This is one of the more common place versions of the 1-4-1 that you usually see in 6v6 set. In this, you often see the ball carrier dodge from Up top or at X. The wings then crash into the crease setting picks for the inside players to roll off.
- Single Mumbo – One side Crashes in setting pick on crease
- Double Mumbo – Both Sides Crash in setting picks – (pictured below)
Although it can be a more advanced offense, you can still teach your youth team to use this play. Practice makes perfect and it can make this an effective look for teams. Players with strong IQ often thrive in this set. This allows players to create more if the first look isn’t there.
The 1-4-1 Formation is a great way to create space outside around the perimeter. This creates more room for dodgers. It also creates confusion for the Defense, with players moving and setting Picks on the Crease.
Below you see a great video from Lacrosse Film Room that explains the Georgetown Mumbo Pop