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In a recent post, we illustrated how the Two-Down Ride can generate extra possessions for your offense. Now we will show you how to counter it with the Deuces Clear.
This clear forces the riding team to change its strategy. Opponents no longer can cover three players with two riders in an east-west progression. Now, they must cover four with three in a north-south progression--a much more difficult riding scheme.
The Deuces Clear is designed to open up the middle of the field, creating space for players to move and allowing you to overload on one side. Additionally, you can exploit 1-on-1 matchups and create fast-paced transition offense out of this set. A clear turns into a 5-on-4 or 5-on-3 fast-break scoring opportunity.
Should the riding team choose to not play the goalie, he can run down the middle of the field uncontested.
There are numerous adjustments you can make from the Deuces Clear. Experiment with picks, substitutions patterns and repositioning players in practice to find out what works best for your team. You never know what the opponent will do to counter this on game day, so prepare several options to have ready as needed.
TJ Buchanan is the coaching education content manager at US Lacrosse. Suggest topics for future coaching blog posts in the comments section.
An edited version of this story appeared in the January 2014 edition of Lacrosse Magazine, the flagship publication of US Lacrosse. To start your subscription, become a member of US Lacrosse today.
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