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Preston: Stall warning lacks teeth

There needs to be a change as far as the stalling rule or warnings in NCAA men's lacrosse.

Numerous times this season, teams were repeatedly warned for stalling, but they were given more and more warnings throughout the game. Coaches whose teams built early leads used this to their advantage as they consumed time with a deliberate offense.

If I were a coach in the same situation, I would have done the same thing. I suggest NCAA officials award the ball to the other team every time a team has been hit with a warning call after three previous warnings during the game. It would be like NBA officials calling a technical after a team has been called several times for playing an illegal zone defense.

This past season, we saw a lot of boring games because teams slowed the pace of the game.  This is not how the game was meant to be played, and this strategy wasn't being used when someone dubbed lacrosse "the fastest game on two feet."

--Mike Preston

Posted by Edward Lee at 10:19 AM | | Comments (3)


Better yet is a 30 second shot clock goes into effect when the stall warning is called and stays active until either a goal is scored or possession is changed.


You are exactly right. The stall warning does not lead to less stalls and is ineffective leading to boring lacrosse.

Stalls also happen at the end of every quarter so teams can take the last shot.

Lacrosse rules committee-are u paying attention?

Why wait for a stall warning, just install the clock and have it run for 60 seconds once you enter the attack zone. If this game is to continue growing at its current rate, the clock is essential.

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