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lacrosse defensive terminology

** - said by coaches
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got ball
This is communicated when you are defending the girl with the ball, this will help the goalie and other defenders locate where the ball is
Adjacents
The 2 girls on either side of the girl with the ball, one on the left and one on the right**
2 away
the girls who are 2 away from the ball, next to the adjacents**
Hot right
the adjacent girl, to the right of the ball - this is communicated to let the girl on ball know that you are there for help
hot left
the adjacent girl, to the left of the ball - this is communicated to let the girl on ball know that you are there for help
2 left
This is the girl 2 away from the ball on the left side, used to remind the girl on ball and the adjacent that you are there as a backup on the left side
2 right
This is the girl 2 away from the ball on the right side, used to remind the girl on ball and the adjacent that you are there as a backup on the right side
Ball right
for the 2 girls furthest away from the ball, they will yell this if the ball is on the right side of the 8
ball left
for the 2 girls furthest away from the ball, they will yell this if the ball is on the left side of the 8
Crash!!
attacker drives to the goal and all the defenders need to come into the 8 to protect the cage - all communicating loudly with sticks in the air, approaching aware of shooting space
Bump and Slide
in case of a double, "bumping" just means to cover the girls closest to the ball and have the unmarked girls furthest from the ball
Red
highest pressure situation - all girls are pressuring their girls to get the turn over
yellow
girl on ball and the adjacents are pressuring their girls
green
normal defensive pressure - highest pressure on the ball
sag defense
if a team is faster than us and we are not catching up, we will "sag" our defense into the 8 and stay in closer to protect - rarely used
talk!!!
we are too quiet and everyone needs to TALK!!!**
cutter
offensive player is cutting to the goal looking for a pass
ball down
anytime the ball is on the ground
slide
bring an extra man to the person with the ball
break
the goalie has the ball, so break out and look for a pass
mark up
find the girl you are guarding
"8"
GET OUT OF THE 8 METER ARC!!!