March 15, 2012

Facing Off With Chris Eck: What You Need to Know

by staff

As a pair of six-on-six drills unfolded between the U.S. men's national team and Notre Dame on opposite ends of a field at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in January, Team USA and Boston Cannons faceoff guru Chris Eck worked with a small group of Irish faceoff takers near midfield.

The friendly combined practice setting at Champion Challenge allowed for instruction, and for Eck – the former Colgate star who ranks third all-time Division I history in faceoff wins and who with the Boston Cannons last season led Major League Lacrosse in win percentage – to kindly pass along tricks of the trade. What he demonstrated that day in January looks a lot like what is included in this two-part video instructional.

In the first video, Eck explains the fundamentals of taking a faceoff and what he describes as the two most prominent moves, the clamp and the plunger. In the second video, Eck turns the tables and demonstrates the jam move that can counteract the clamp.

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For more tips from Chris Eck and a look at his personality off the field, check out the February issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Don't get the mag? Join US Lacrosse and its 400,000-plus members today to start your subscription.

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