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Success at the faceoff X is impossible without a strong set of wings. The best advice I can give to wingers is to understand your faceoff mid. Learn his strengths, weaknesses, moves, consistency and the location at which the ball most often ends up when that particular guy is taking a draw.

Whether you are offensively minded or defensively minded, be prepared for anything. While boxing out your opponent may be the best choice for one situation, it can also put you at a disadvantage if you have not communicated with your teammate entering battle at the X.

The three players at the midfield need to work as a unit. Since microphones in lacrosse helmets are still probably a few years off, loud, directive communication is just as important as the faceoff move itself.

The goal of a faceoff is to gain possession. Just because the enemy may have won the draw itself, the battle is not yet lost. As Yoda said to Luke:

“A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away… to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things.”

Just as face-offs must be studied, wing play must also. Face-offs are the roots of goals, possessions, stops, transitions and glory. Though difficult to see on a stats sheet, games can be won or lost at the X. Unite with the way of the Jedi.

May the force be with you,
Ben Wahler 38

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