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December 9, 2008 - Zach Baker
In the middle of my conversation with Tiffin University women's lacrosse coach Mark Schreiber, I told him I'd have to study the sport in preparation for the spring of 2010, when the program begins play.
Schreiber told me I already knew a lot about it.
It was news to me.
Schreiber explained that the sport was like one I was very familiar with -- basketball.
"It's a great way to explain it, everybody understands basketball," he said. "Same lines on the field, different dimensions, but it's almost identical.
"It's amazingly similar, but we play with a much faster pace," he said. "When you see these girls play, it's like watching ballet on steroids."
Of course, the women use sticks, which would seem to make moving down the field more difficult.
Not so, Schreiber said.
“Imagine running down the field with a badminton racket, bouncing a baseball," he said, before telling me a team is able to get from one side of the field to the other, doing essentially that, and score in five to 10 seconds.
Schreiber said he wants his players to know the game so well, they will essentially be coaches on the field.
“I want them to be able to make sense out of the chaos, because when they graduate, they'll live in the chaos like everyone else," Schreiber said. "It's just a question of getting the mind to think on both sides, creatively and analytically, and having the discipline to do so.”
Suddenly, I found myself looking forward to the spring of 2010.
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