college lacrosse 3 1 2 sweep dodge offense play

College 3-1-2 Sweep Dodge

This is a simple Dodging play we've seen from some of the top NCAA teams already this season. Sweep Dodges are a great way to get your players into the middle of the field for great shooting positions!

Shooting on the run from the Alley can actually be quite difficult for beginning players. The shooting angle (ie how much goal you can see/hit) decreases with every step.

Dodge to the Middle! Get to the "Slot"! Sweep Dodges, on the other hand, increase the Dodger's shooting angle, putting your players right in front of the goal, preferably shooting with their strong hand on the run!

We like using the 3-1-2 or "3-3" Formation with our youth players better than the 2-3-1. It removes some of the complicated Triangle rotations of the classic 2-3-1  Motion Offense that can confuse younger and beginning players. Plus, it helps keep all six of your players in front of the goal in shooting position.

The 3-1-2 Formation also gives your players plenty of room to Dodge! This simple 4-Man Rotation is just one of probably a handful of Sweep Dodge Plays you can use. It incorporates some of the fundamentals of traditional Motion Offense. Your players have the whole top of the box to Dodge, with plenty of space to run past their Defenders.


We usually run this play on the right side of the field (when looking out from the Goal or Goalie) so that most of the Dodges, passes and shot opportunities are right-handed, since most of our players are right-handed.

college lacrosse 3 1 2 sweep dodge offense play

Figure 1.) First look is always to the GOAL! Blue 1 should use a left-to-right Split Dodge to beat his Defender and get to the middle of the field, in front of the goal where he can get good shooting positions with his dominant hand.

  • Defense: Don't give up the middle. "No Top Side!"

Blue 2, 3 and 4 must create space for Blue 1 Dodging! All three Attackers must move out of the way for Blue 1 carrying the ball, dragging their Defenders out of the way, and confusing the Slides from the Defense. We will cover each of these simple movements step-by-step below.

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