Once the first men’s lacrosse game of the season kicks off this February, the clock will be ticking.
The new 80-second shot clock, that is, which is a rule change being implemented by the NCAA this season, starting on the men’s side of the docket.
With 62 percent of coaches supporting a shot clock via an annual rules survey, the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Committee voted last September to approve a visible 80-second shot clock on every possession, including a 20-second clearing count for teams to advance past the midfield line.
If a team is unable to reach their offensive half of the field when the shot clock hits 60 seconds, it will be a violation. There also is an over-and-back provision in place.