My column this month is dedicated to the netminders, the brick walls, the guys who stand on their heads to keep their team alive — the goalies. We spend a lot of time training the guys in front of the cage, but we can’t forget the most important position on the field.
My brother always told me that hockey goalies should be the best skaters on the team, which makes a lot of sense when you consider how efficient goalkeepers have to be with their movement. By that rationale, lacrosse goalies should have the best footwork on their team. Bundle quick feet with some stick skills and communication, and you significantly increase your ability to prevent the other team from scoring.
Goalies in our game typically head to the field early on game day with the sharpest shooting assistant coach to get warmed up. Every keeper has his/her own routines and preferences as to how they prepare for a game.