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Five moves that changed lacrosse forever

Like other sports, lacrosse has seen its share of iconic and innovative moves.

You ever say to yourself, “What the Sports was that?” after seeing someone make a move, or dodge? (A dodge is any kind of move that lacrosse players use to gain separation from defenders, for those of you who aren’t very familiar with the lax bro lingo.) Well, lacrosse has had its share of jaw-dropping moves that have changed the game forever as a result.

Gary Gait – Air Gait

If you get a move named after yourself, it has to be pretty dope. Gary Gait’s “Air Gait” is no exception.

Although not used too often, the beauty of the “Air Gait” is timeless. While players in the MLL have had more recent success replicating the soaring wonder from behind the goal with fewer diving restrictions, it will never be the same as the original.

Mikey Powell – The Finalizer

Although Mikey Powell is more known for other antics like the infamous front flip or this diving goal during his lacrosse career, The Finalizer remains the most influential of them all. Unlike Gait, there were players that pulled The Finalizer move before Powell like his older brother Ryan. Yet, Mikey was simply the best at it.

His speed and clinical finishing sets him apart from the rest, and all X attackman have tried to emulate him ever since. (Skip to 2:02 in the video below to see just one of his many filthy Finalizers.)

Kyle Harrison – Jump Shot

The 2005 Tewaaraton Award winner made the jump shot on the run popular with lots of success. No matter if his split dodge goes right or left, the goalie usually can do nothing but pick the ball out of the back of the net.

Ah, the sweet highlight throwbacks of college lacrosse.

Paul Rabil – Swim Move

When you’re bigger than the majority of the defenders like Paul Rabil was, the swim move might be for you. Not only does it efficiently create space for open shots on the run, but the swim move also emphatically embarrasses defenders.

Rabil’s swim move gave rise to his fame as one of, if not the best lacrosse player ever. Despite his game evolving away from the swim and seemingly not a lot of others willing to utilize it instead of the split dodge, the swim move remains perhaps the swaggiest dodge in lacrosse when executed right. If you want to know how it’s done, watch Rabil explain here.

Lyle Thompson – Backhand Shots

The craftiness that Lyle Thompson continues to show every time he steps on a lacrosse field is mind-boggling. Perhaps not the originator of the backhanded, wrap-around shot coming around the goal, Lyle has certainly popularized it. Not all of them go in, but they always look pretty.

The all-time points leader in college lacrosse doesn’t only shoot with his backhand when he gets the chance, but also passes with his backhand for an absurd amount of assists. The world may never an attack trio as exciting as the Thompsons of 2014.

3 comments on “Five moves that changed lacrosse forever

  1. Ryan wade was doing the jump shot in the early 90’s. He was the guy who maked it famous. But Kyle was the man!

    Just sayin.


  2. attentionspanmedia

    These are very solid. However, I would like to offer up one more: the behind-the-back check known as the Rusty Gate, pioneered by UVA’s Garth Appelt. It captured the imagination of a generation of players, and once or twice a season still rears its savage head in NCAA lax broadcasts.


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