Syracuse pulled off a rare full field hidden ball trick against Virginia on Sunday, and if I’m being totally honest here, I have never seen anything quite like it in the world of lacrosse!
Sure, I’ve seen some unreal hidden ball tricks in my day. I’ve done a couple myself, seen two brothers pull one off, and have seen a bunch in high school, college, and pro games. But I’ve never seen a hidden ball trick that started off a save in a team’s defensive end. THAT is completely new!
Watch the below video, and try to pick up on what happens!
Full Field Hidden Ball Trick
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The Syracuse goalie, Bobby Wardwell, makes a save, gives up a rebound, and the defender, Brandon Mullins, scoops up the GB and drops the ball back into the keeper’s stick… or does he? He doesn’t!
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Mullins only acts like he has dropped the ball in the Wardwell’s stick, and instead, he jogs off merrily, as the UVa attack focuses on the goalie. Wardwell does a great job of keeping the UVa riding players engaged, and while a part of me can’t believe they fell for it, another part of me also fell for it even though I knew what was coming… so I really can’t judge those guys too harshly.
All in all, it was simply a really well executed full field hidden ball trick, and it ended up in a relatively easy goal for Syracuse’s Kevin Rice on the other end. Who doesn’t love a good hidden ball trick?!?!?
Here are a couple more killer hidden ball trick videos! Make sure you subscribe to the LaxAllStars YouTube Channel for more great lacrosse video!
Maryland pulled off this gem in 2011:
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NLL style hidden ball work:
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Here is another box hidden ball from Europe:
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Japan hidden ball from 2006 Vs the Iroquois:
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Watch the Gait Brothers pull off a classic hidden ball:
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RIT beats Cortland using the hidden ball trick:
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They did it in the LXM in Seattle:
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Here is another good one from Bucknell:
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