Defense in lacrosse is all about being prepared. Lacrosse defense is based on sliding and recovering after getting beat, but it also is about preventing offensive success. There are a few hard and fast rules for lacrosse defense, but it is really all about reacting. To be a great defenseman in lacrosse, you must be able to hold your own and also support your teammates. If you’re ready to make sure that the offense isn’t enjoying their day, you’re ready to play lacrosse defense and work as a unit.
Understanding Defense As A Concept
Before jumping into drills to improve footwork, stick work, agility, or strength, you must learn defensive strategy. No matter how good of a defender you may be, you can’t guard everyone at once. You’ll also get beat by someone at some point. So the first step is understanding how to play team defense and trust your teammates. All defensive players should learn this strategy, and Matt Landis is a great teacher of this concept. While he is a monster one-on-one defender, Matt also plays to the strengths of his teammates so that his team’s defense is as strong as possible. Just like a spartan phalanx, all of the defenders are helping out each other to increase the overall strength of the defense. You must support the other defenders in order to receive support, and you’re gonna need some support when you get beat.