In the previous installment, a formula for teams with limited numbers was presented. A suggested offense was the 2-1-3 offense (counting the players from behind the lacrosse goal) due to its reliance on midfielders and its ability to stop the opponent's fast break opportunities on a quick change of possession. This month's presentation is provided to add flesh to the bare bones of the 2-1-3.
Basis for the 2-1-3 offense:
1. Stop fast break up top - at least two middies are always on top
2. Minimizes pass length between players (reduces running)
3. Takes advantage of ability to cut and to dodge among three middies
4 Allows attack men behind (which could be midfielders resting) the ability to rest, but be active "mail-men" in the offense.
M1 swings ball to A1 who passes ball to A2
As A2 is about to receive ball;
A3 back picks for M1;
M1 cuts off A3's pick toward A2;
M2 moves above restraining line anticipating Phase 2
If M1 is not open , A2 has two options:
Option 1: A2 passes ball to M3 , who passes ball to M2 who has repositioned himself about 3-5 yards above the straining line (stopping opponent's fast break and/or in a great position to dodge down left side)
M2 gets his shoulders square to the cage, catches and dodges right away to his left.
M3 replaces M2;
M1 replaces M3;
M2 dodges to his left and shoots OR
initiates Phase 1 again.
Option 2: A2 reverses ball back to A1;
M1 and A3 pick for M3 who cuts toward A1
This balances up the set - M1 replaces M3
If M3 is not open for the shot, work the ball around the perimeter (saving personnel) and restart set from either side.
This is a basic offensive set. Do not be reluctant to run set 3 man plays off this formation, like:
M2 passes right to M3;
M2 picks for M1, who cuts toward right middie for a right handed shot.
All of the above phases and options and three man plays can be utilized to both sides.
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