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How to Play Lacrosse: Defensive Positioning

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Oct 26, 2018 10:00:00 AM

With strong defense, the New York Lizards would never have won three Major League Lacrosse championships. New York’s long sticks don’t get beat often because of stellar defensive positioning. If you want to elevate your game, learn how to play lacrosse defense like a ‘Zard.

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Topics: Player Development, Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching

When is the Right Time for Boys to Start Weight Training?

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Oct 12, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Since lacrosse is a very physical sport, there can be some pressure to “get big” even at an early age. Although strength does improve athletic performance, youth weight training is best approached with caution.

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Topics: Player Development, Off Season

How Off-Season Indoor Lacrosse gives you an On-Field Edge

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Sep 21, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Champions are made during the off-season. They put in the work all-year-round to gain an edge on game day. Champions are the ones who hit the wall after school and play indoor lacrosse in the winter. This dedication to the sport can be what makes the difference between first and second place.

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Topics: Player Development

2018 MLL Lacrosse Season in Review

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Sep 7, 2018 10:00:00 AM

The New York Lizards gave fans a wild ride during the 2018 MLL lacrosse season. From opening night at Hofstra University to the playoff semi-finals in Dallas, the ‘Zards left it all on the field this year.

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Topics: Games

A Parent's Checklist for Starting a Youth Lacrosse Team

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Aug 31, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in America. It is a high-octane game of skill that teaches young athletes the value of hard-work and sportsmanship. As a result, parents across the country are starting new lacrosse teams. If you are thinking of joining this emerging trend, our checklist will help you reach your goal.

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Topics: Coaching

The Basics of Man-to-Man and Zone Defense in Lacrosse

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Aug 24, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Lacrosse defense is about way more than the over-the-head check. To shut down your opponent, you need to be well-versed in fundamental formations, like the man-to-man and zone defenses. By learning these two basic strategies, you will have a better shot at winning more games.

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Topics: Player Development, Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching

How to use (and Defend) the Pick and Roll in Lacrosse

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Aug 17, 2018 10:00:00 AM

The pick and roll, which is one of the more popular and effective basketball plays, is also a great way to create more scoring chances for your lacrosse team.

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Topics: Player Development, Lacrosse Techniques

Pannell, Manny among Finalists for 2018 Major League Lacrosse Awards

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Aug 10, 2018 10:00:00 AM

The New York Lizards playoff berth wasn’t the only big news this week. After breaking his own single-season scoring record, Rob Pannell is in the running for two 2018 Major League Lacrosse awards. Will Manny is also a finalist for sportsmanship of the year at the Second Annual MLL Honors ceremony to be held on championship weekend.

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Topics: Insider, Player Profiles

The Lizards Lacrosse Game every Fan must Catch

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jul 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM

The New York Lizards last home game of 2018 is the can’t-miss Long Island lacrosse event of the season. It has a little something for everyone. Before the first face-off, kids can learn the game directly from Lizards lacrosse all-stars. Then, at 7 p.m. on August 4, the ‘Zards will take on the Chesapeake Bayhawks as they battle for a playoff berth.

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Topics: Games

Lacrosse Flow: The Top Hair Styles in the Game

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jul 20, 2018 10:00:00 AM

In lacrosse, it’s important to look good both on and off the field. However, some players’ hairstyles take that ethos to the extreme. While it may look strange to outsiders, lacrosse flow is as much a part of the game as ground balls.

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Topics: Insider