September 4, 2008

Sept. 4, 2008

Note: This article appeared in the "Lacrosse Classroom" section of the December 2007 issue of Lacrosse Magazine, a US Lacrosse publication available exclusively to its members. Join today to start your monthly subscription.

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by Matt DaSilva, Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff

In the October 2007 issue of Lacrosse Magazine, the "Lacrosse Classroom" featured an article on feeding ("Feed Bag," page 82) that emphasized a 1-3-2 offense.

Los Angeles Riptide feeder extraordinaire Spencer Ford, who set a Major League Lacrosse record with 47 assists during the 2007 season, agrees.

"The 1-3-2, that's my go-to," he says.

But what if your team does not run a 1-3-2? What if you, the quarterback, do not get free reign behind the cage? Many coaches at high school level or younger prefer the more simplistic 2-2-2, or circle, offense.

Not to worry.

As illustrated here, Ford has found a feeder's seam by exploiting the two-man game behind the cage.

1. Set up with another attackman 20 yards apart behind the cage.

2. A midfielder (not pictured here) should dodge with the ball from up top to draw the defense in, and then swing it to your wingman behind.

3. You're next in the rotation. Call for the ball, but keep your wingman in sight. As you isolate your defenseman, draw him to your top side.

4. Change directions with a face, roll or split dodge, moving towards your wingman on the opposite side behind.

5. Since he's more concerned with playing you one-on-one, your defenseman does not realize that your wingman has set a pick on his blind side directly on the crease, 45 degrees behind the opposite pipe. (In most instances of picking, the picker plays the active part before the ball carrier makes his move. This makes it easier for the defense to communicate through it. As a feeder and ball carrier, however, you can preempt the pick as your partner camps just below the crease.)

6. Drive your defenseman directly into the pick.

7. Because of the pick's location, you take one step out of it, and you're in a prime feeding spot: on the crease and at 45 degrees from goal line extended.

8. Have your stick in feeding position to take advantage of your newfound seam.

Alternate Option

What if your defender fights through the pick to stay with you, or if his defensive wingman calls for a switch? There's a split second of exposure during which you can find your wingman (formerly the picker) for a lay-up.

Take the same approach as above, but this time roll back to the outside as your wingman slips between you and your defenseman. Find him cross-crease with a lob and an open opportunity on the opposite pipe.

It's a classic pick-and-roll, but requires communication beforehand.

Indecision could draw two defensemen at once, and no one wants to feed out of a double-team.
Spencer Ford is the team sales manager for Athletic Wear Direct, which manufactures high-end lacrosse apparel and is an exclusive supplier of Towson University athletic apparel.
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