General

A Coach’s Guide to Goalie Management

A Coach’s Guide to Goalie Management

Deciding who will be your starter is a challenge in itself. What happens though after you’ve made your decision and there is a clear starter? How do you handle that throughout the season? What happens when things aren’t going well?

What about when you have two great goalies? Some coaches would consider it a dream to have two great goalies on their roster, as we know they are hard to come by. Others, however, that have been in the predicament know what a challenge this can be. Maybe one goalie is better at clearing and possessing, while another is good at making hard saves. Maybe one gets in her head and goes downhill quickly, but on her good days, she’s phenomenal. 

How do you handle all of these decisions? Keep reading and I’ll walk you through how to best navigate managing your goalies to make sure they’re all able to play at their best.

Virginia Tech Video -- Where To Go From Here

In case you’ve been living under a rock, or just not on Twitter, a video surfaced this weekend of the Virginia Tech women’s lacrosse team singing along to a song that included the n-word. 

My celebratory haze of Stanford beating USC had come to an unfortunate end as I was immediately struck by sadness upon seeing this video. Yet again, here we are, in the same position we were a month or so ago when a similar situation occurred. 

We talk about solutions, like helping more organizations grow the game, so that the game starts to resemble what our world looks like, but is that really the problem here though? I believe that’s a piece of the puzzle.

The Transition: High School to College Lacrosse

In this blog post, University of Florida senior goalie Olivia Cole was kind enough to share her story. Many of us, including myself, faced the hardship that comes with being the star in high school and coming to college and suddenly realizing it's not exactly the same. For many of us, you work hard and you trust improvement and playing time will come. However, sometimes that is not always the case. Sometimes, that's just not meant to be your role. It doesn't mean you aren't good, as Olivia says, but it changes your role on the team. This happens to a lot of players, but mainly to goalies, since only one can play at a time. If you're in this position and find yourself not playing despite your best efforts, please keep read.

When Light Follows Darkness: My Mental Health Journey

This one is heavy. Very heavy. Today marks the beginning of #SuicideAwareness month, and on this day, I’m sharing my story. This is the most vulnerable I’ve ever felt in my life putting this out there. I hope that it can help someone out there in some way, that someone knows they aren’t alone and as much as you might not think things can get better - they can! I am living proof of that. 

Coming Out – Not About the Cage.

Coming Out – Not About the Cage.

One of the things that I miss about my time at Stanford is that in every class I was in, we had the most amazing discussions about some pretty heavy topics ranging from religion, sexuality, gender identity and expression, race and ethnicity, the list goes on. In my life now, I don’t have those too often. Many times, I think this is because these types of “triggering” topics as we’d call them now are confusing, hard and many times personal and deeply felt. I believe that when you come to a place of mutual respect and understanding you can and should be able to communicate, through understanding someone else’s viewpoint. What I’m about to discuss is one of those topics – coming out.