For decades, box lacrosse and field lacrosse were seen as twoseparateentities. Teams either trained for indoor box play, or on the field with scarcely any crossover between the two.
But in recent years, lacrosse has seen a shift toward a harmonious combination of box and field training, which gives players an obvious advantage over their competitors. The collaboration of these two types of play allows the players to extract the best qualities of each style, and initiate an unfamiliar strategy.
The lacrosse program at IMG Academy is one of the only organizations in the country to offer this combination of disciplines.IMG AcademyDirector of Lacrosse Bill Shatz argues that the collaboration between box and field will change the future of lacrosse worldwide.
"The teams that have builtfield into box lacrosse have risen to another level," said Shatz.
Teams like Canada and the Iroquois National have both adopted this style of play, whichultimatelyled to the first two defeats in program history for Team USA in international competition.
"Although the loss was unprecedented, it helps initialize the emergence and importance of box and field training for the future of lacrosse," said Shatz.
Both Canada and the Iroquois National have implemented this combination of box and field into their training to create an unmatched style of play.
According to Lacrosse Magazine:
"It's pretty amazing," Iroquois coach Freeman "Boss" Bucktooth said. "The guys came out to play and showed what they could do. We threw a different style at them, different than what they're probably used to. ... We've got a lot of talent on the team and a great coaching staff. We put everything together."