Clearing the ball up the lacrosse field is one of the most important jobs for any defensive unit. Really it is their whole purpose.
When your team is in a settled clearing situation, it is important for you to take an active role in the clear.
Here are 3 steps to becoming a better clearing goalie when you don’t start with the ball:
Use the Crease
When your team is setup for a settled clear, the goal is use your extra man advantage. This means that you as the goalie have to work to create separation. One easy way is to position the ball, the attack men covering you, the goal, and yourself all in a line. Now you can play off the crease like a pick and cut toward your teammate for the pass.
Start just milling around the crease like you’re not really sure what is going on. Try to bait the attack men into paying more attention to the ball handler than to you. As the whistle blows and the attack men looks way, make your break to an open passing lane.
As the seventh man in your clearing squad, it is so important for you to be working for the ball. If an attack men is covering you close, work him by continuing to v-cut for the feed. This will a) help create separation for a pass or b) occupy your defender, allowing the defense to continue the clear with a man advantage.
Remember, always be a threat. You’re always working!