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Denver's NCAA Title Validates New-Wave Thinking
Matt DaSilva | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter
PHILADELPHIA — The Canadians are winning.
They won 10 months
ago in Denver, and they won again Monday in Philadelphia.
Wesley Berg, a member of the Canadian national team that dismantled Team USA in the FIL World Championship, scored five goals to lead top-seeded Denver to a surgical 10-5 victory over sixth-seeded
Maryland in the NCAA Division I men's lacrosse championship game at Lincoln Financial Field.
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Published December 2, 2014
Wilson in Box, Featured
Box lacrosse is booming in the US.
I’m not arguing that everyone everywhere is
playing it, or that field lacrosse is fading to a secondary status, but box lacrosse is definitely moving on up in the world of United States lacrosse, and these last couple of years of action
are only the beginning.
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The first major hint that box lacrosse was set
for a mini boom was the success that Canadian players were seeing at the D1 level. Initially, the focus was on the top scorers in D1 lacrosse, and for a couple of seasons this trend rolled on
unabated. When you look at the 2008, 2009, and 2010 seasons, you see box guys all over the place. Although there was a slight dip in 2011, in the 2012 and 2013 seasons, at least 40% of the
players in the top ten for goals per game still had a box background.
Fast forward to 2014 and 4 of the top 10 scorers
are heavy box background guys, and when you look at the 11-20 spots on the goals per game list, 5 out of 10 of the players are still heavy box background guys. 9 out of 20 is still a lot of
scoring talent to come from the box.
There used to be a debate as to whether box
prepared you for field success. That debate is now settled. Box makes you a better field scorer.
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“American field players would really
help themselves if they were exposed to a steady stream of box experience.” – University of Virginia Head
Coach, Dom Starsia
Even though field lacrosse purists continue to try, there’s no
denying the impact of box lacrosse on the landscape of the sport as a whole. Box lacrosse players are consistently being recruited to play at the highest levels of collegiate field lacrosse, and with
good reason. Box players bring a different skill set to the field game with superior stick skills, scoring ability and toughness.
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