Ever wonder what happens when you take a group of skilled and experienced 11- and 12-year old players and have them play both cross-field and full-field lacrosse games? We did. So we reached out to the Lutherville-Timonium (Md.) Recreation Council lacrosse program and invited them out to our new headquarters to test out two versions of the game.
The results? Some interesting statistical observations:
Using 20-minute running clock games on the same night, in the boys' event the biggest difference came in shots and goals, with 27 shots and 10 goals in the cross-field game versus 17 shots and five goals in the full-field game. There also were considerably more dodging opportunities (33 to 21).There were a similar number of touches in the games (106 in the full-field and 102 in the cross-field), although the better players tended to dominate a little more in the full-field game. Of 27 players that recorded stats, 14 had more touches in the cross-field game, 10 had more in the full-field game and three had the same number of touches.
In the cross-field game, 84 percent of passes connected as compared to 68 percent in the full-field game, a number largely driven by desperation passes trying to clear the ball against the ride in the full-field games.
The girls' games also saw more shots (19 to 16), goals (13 to 9) and dodges (34 to 28) for the cross-field game, but the differences were not as pronounced as the boys' games.
One big difference in the girls' games was a higher percentage of passes connected (86 percent to 78) for the full-field game, and slightly more touches (91 to 81). A big reason for this was the teams going into their standard offenses and passing the ball back-and-forth up top with little defensive pressure. The tighter confines of the cross-field game did not allow the teams to run the offenses they were used to running.
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