Katie: Hi, I'm Katie Chrest Erbe, assistant lacrosse coach at Columbia University. I'm here with Liz Kittleman Jackson, head coach at Columbia, and Caitlin Jackson of Gameday Lacrosse. We're here to give you our top three tips on shooting.
The first and most important thing is we want to really use our hands. As much as we can also use our body, we want to use that as well, but our hands are really going to be important. We want to use both of them. We want to use our bottom hand to really pull, our top hand to really push and snap at the last minute to direct the ball. Placement is very important, but power is also important, and so using both of your hands gives you the ability to get that nice zip on the ball and put that ball past the goalie.
The second tip actually seems very basic, but you want to see the cage before you take your shot. So, if you receive the ball off of a pass, I would want to get my eyes to the cage and see where the goalie is so that I know exactly where to put the ball.
So again, hands, use your hands and your body. See the cage, and also, add a fake in there before you shoot. That will make your chances of scoring a lot better.