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Pros Meg Douty, Molly Hendrick and Michele Tumolo Demonstrate Backyard Lacrosse Drills
Not only are Meg Douty, Molly Hendrick and Michelle Tumolo tearing it up on the field, but they’re pulling double duty as coaches and trainers for All Lax All Day (Douty), Dublin Jerome's high school team (Hendrick) and the Wagner Seahawks (Tumolo).
So, how do they stay at the top of their game and keep their players competitive?
It’s all about the basics. Check out their go-to backyard drills by position below.
Defenders: Shuffle, Pivot and Backpedal
Team USA defender and Tewaaraton award finalist Meg Douty believes footwork skills are critical for a strong defender to stay on their opponent and send the ball back down the field. Here’s one of Douty’s go-to box exercises to practice shuffling, pivoting and backpedaling:
Get Douty’s set-up here.
Midfielders: Split & Dodge
Former University of North Carolina Tar Heels team captain and 2017 ACC Attacker of the Year Molly Hendrick knows that as a midfielder, maintaining absolute control of your stick is key. When you're in the center of the play, there's no room for mistakes.
This drill is all about improving hand-eye-stick coordination to boost your confidence when you're in possession of the ball.
Stay controlled and confident on the field with Hendrick’s weapon of choice — the Exult 600 head and handle.
Attackers: Bounce Back Crease Drills
Fierce. Fiesty. Dynamic. These are the three words Team USA attacker and Syracuse alum Michelle Tumolo uses to describe her playing style. And it gets results — Tumolo finished her collegiate career with 141 goals and 137 assists, ranking in Syracuse’s career top 10 for points.
Here are two simple drills Tumolo uses for herself and her team to improve shooting technique in the crease:
Here's Tumolo's go-to stick, whether she's suiting up for the WPLL Command or representing Team USA.
What five things are a must for Tumolo when she's gearing up for practice or hitting the field for a game? Check out My Five Gear Essentials with Michelle Tumolo here.