February 17, 2009

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Jen Adams: Where's the BEEF?

by Matt DaSilva | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff


Jen Adams wonders why the outside plant shot is so uncommon in women’s lacrosse. Perhaps it’s the power-versus-grace dynamic.

“It’s all about technique,” says the Loyola College head coach and former University of Maryland standout, “but it could lead to opportunities all across the field.”

Adams broke down her technique into four simple elements: balance, eyes, elbows and follow through. Think before you shoot, “BEEF.”


Says Adams:

“You want to be sidearm to the goal, hips perpendicular to the goal. Move your feet just shoulder width apart. Be on the balls of your toes, knees slightly bent and set in a ready position.

“Balance so your center of gravity is on your hips and through your lower legs. Just like a baseball pitcher would line up.”


“As opposed to seeing the goalkeeper, you want to make sure you’re seeing a space around the goalkeeper. If you were lining up to hit a golf ball, and you were thinking about the water ahead of you, chances are you’re going to hit it to the water. But if you forget about the water and look straight for the hole, hole in one.

“You don’t want to line up and see your keeper, because if that’s the last thought in your mind, chances are you’re going to hit her. See spaces around the goalkeeper and spots you want to hit on net.”


“The third step of the outside plant shot is probably the most important part with the women’s game — open up the space in between your elbows. We almost want to kiss our biceps. Your stick is in a triple-threat position, almost parallel to the ground. That lines up the ball and helps you get it in your sweet spot, so you have a quick release when you go to shoot.”

Follow Through

“It’s really important in the women’s game that when we step into it and generate all that power through our hips, we’re driving our hands across our body. You should end up planted on the opposite foot, with your hands finishing on your opposite hip. Same idea when baseball pitchers pitch — they don’t follow through under their arm. Lacrosse is 99 percent about looking cool. We follow through across our body. That way, we’re pulling our hips through, but using our whole body in it when we shoot, as opposed to just using our arms.”

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And if you were wondering about her golf game: “I’m the water person that says, ‘Don’t hit it in the water; don’t hit it in the water; don’t hit it in the water,’ and kerplunk.” LM

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