August 10, 2009

This article appears in the "Your Edge" section of the August issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Don't get the mag? Join US Lacrosse and its 300,000-plus members today to start your subscription.

Your Game: Hey Goalies, Get a Grip

by Matt DaSilva | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff

Goalkeepers are an intense breed. They stand their ground and get pelted by dense, rubber-coated bullets coming off opponents’ sticks at speeds that -- in the case of Rob Scherr, a two-time Major League Lacrosse all-star goalie -- sometimes surpass 100 mph.

That’s why some are prone to “white knuckles,” as Scherr says, when they grip their sticks.
Scherr’s easy-come, easy-go demeanor contrasts that of teeth-gritting goalies. A former All-American keeper for Johns Hopkins who has spent six seasons in the MLL -- most recently with the Toronto Nationals -- Scherr disarms us daily with corny and self-effacing humor as the sponsorship manager for US Lacrosse.

Naturally for a tutorial on upper-body mechanics -- how goalies should position their hands and grip their stick -- we turn to one of our own.

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