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Professional Lacrosse Tips: Mastering Midfield Play

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jan 18, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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Midfielders are the heart and soul of any lacrosse team. These versatile players cover more territory and see more action than anyone else. In their quest to win championships, professional lacrosse middies master several skills, including scooping, shooting and dodging, which you too can learn today.

How to Play Ball like a Professional Lacrosse Midfielder

In the fastest game on two feet, midfielders have their work cut out for them. They are the jack-of-all trades of the game of lacrosse. For anyone on a quest to become the next Paul Rabil, these New York Lizards approved tips will give you a head start.

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Ground balls

It’s always the middies who have the most opportunity to scoop ground balls.

Those who can master this fundamental lacrosse skill usually earn more playing time.

  • Aim for the scoop to touch the ground about two inches behind the ball.
  • Bend your knees.
  • Keep your bottom hand below your knees.  
  • Slightly angle your stick towards the ground.
  • Scoop through the ball in one, fluid motion.
  • Bring the head of the stick to your face.
  • Explode upwards toward open space.

Our recent blog “How to Master Scooping a Lacrosse Ground Ball” offers many more tips that every midfielder could use.


Professional lacrosse middies perform numerous dodges to outmaneuver defenders. They may switch directions, change hands or simply blow past the opposition. But before these athletes could wow the crowd at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium, they mastered the basics of lacrosse dodges, like the face, split, roll and more.

Whichever dodge you choose, approach it with these three steps.

  • Initiate a primary dodge.
  • Read the game situation.
  • Set up a re-dodge.

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During the course of a game, middies have many opportunities to take shots on goal. However, outfoxing a skilled goalie is rarely easy. Top scorers, like Paul Rabil or Rob Pannell, use proper techniques to create a deadly combination of velocity and accuracy.

Non-professional lacrosse players should focus on shooting overhand, practice shooting on-the-run and concentrate on shooting in the dirt.

Our recent blog “7 Lacrosse Shooting Drills to Practice on Your Own” offers many ways middies can improve their skills before next season’s tryouts.

With these tips and a winning combination of endurance, quickness and toughness, a spot on the New York Lizards roster could be within reach.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching, Player Development