Scott Rodgers on the “Goalie Island”

A 2 time All American, Notre Dame alum Scott Rodgers is currently playing professionally for the Ohio Machine of Major League Lacrosse, as well as coaching goalies for Marquette University. In this video Rodgers runs through a few hand-eye and footwork drills.  While I usually prefer to highlight a drill or set of drills that…

Let’s Play Some Cards.

The Playing Card Drill is a great drill for building a lot of different skills beneficial to developing into a great goaltender.  It’s great for building hand-eye coordination, patience, economy of motion, ball tracking, and can even have a balance component. Like the Top Hand Drill, it is also a great drill once the weather…

Caylee Waters Highlights

Happy Holidays to all. I try to devote equal time to girls goalies, but often I fail.  Just a quick post to give some recognition to Caylee Waters of the the University of North Carolina, and reigning National Goalie of the Year.  She stands all of 5’4″, but takes up the whole cage:  

The Top Hand Drill

The Top Hand Drill is a great drill for reinforcing the importance of the top hand in attacking the shot and leading the rest of the body into the save.  It’s also a great drill once the weather gets colder, as it doesn’t take up a lot of space and can be done easily indoors….

The Goalie Arc

For this post, I’m going to turn the pen over to Coach Jeff Natter.  A native of Long Island, New York, Coach Natter played at CW Post College and at Northeastern University, where he graduated in 2011.  After graduation Coach Natter stayed on at Northeastern as the goalie coach, while spending his days as an…

Goalie Stance Revisted (Video)

We devoted a ton of time in previous posts to breaking down the components of a goalie’s Ready Position, my worry was that it was a lot of information, and too many words. There are some great resources out on the web.  Unfortunately it can be a crapshoot; sometimes the information is great, sometimes the…

Drill Baby, Drill…

Why is lacrosse enjoying explosive growth at the youth level?  Probably a lot of reasons, but most of all because it’s fun to play.  Everyone is moving, everyone gets to touch the ball.  And you don’t have to wait for the ball, either.  Want the ball? Go get it. Even lacrosse practices are fun.  When…

The Shot Menu

Understanding the Shot Menu is important, not only for the goalie, but for all players on the field.  The Shot Menu, quite simply, is all the spots around a goalie where the offense can try to shoot. For a goalie, it forms the foundation of the mechanics they must learn in order to make the…

Harlem Lacrosse & Leadership

Just a quick post to recognize the exceptional work being done by Harlem Lacrosse & Leadership.  Harlem Lacrosse & Leadership is a school based non-profit that provides academic intervention, leadership training and lacrosse to at-risk youth.  Back in the late 90’s to early 00’s, I coached for a program in Brooklyn with similar goals; these…

Anatomy of a Save

The last two posts were about how to set up your body to make an athletic move to save the ball, and how to set up your hands to initiate an explosive move towards the shot.  This post is (hopefully) going to tie those two together into actually making a save. First I think its…