Men’s lacrosse goalie skills and recruiting guidelines
Tier 1 Goalie NCSA Expert Notes:
College coaches at Division 1 schools have their eyes on goalies who fall under our tier 1 column. These athletes are ranked in the top five percent in high school lacrosse. Goalies at the tier 1 level have the ability to take over the game at any moments with strong communication skills and leadership of the defense. They make all “must” saves, even those that are extremely difficult and can create a fast-break scoring chance for the offense with their accurate clearing game.
Tier 2 Goalie NCSA Expert Notes:
Student-athletes whose experience falls under tier 2 are still Division 1 level athletes with a strong skillset. Goalies at this level are less consistent in the goal with flashes of greatness, while remaining stubborn in net. These athletes communicate and lead the defense in front of them, but they are not quite as strong when handling the ball in clearing game.
Tier 3 Goalie NCSA Expert Notes:
The top Division 2 and 3 school are led by athletes with the experience and skills at the tier 3 level. These goalies have a grasp on the fundamentals in the net and handle the ball with confidence. At this level, goalies have the ability to communicate well with the defense but lack the on-field leadership that athletes at the Division 1 level demonstrate.
Tier 4 Goalie NCSA Expert Notes:
Tier 4 outlines the experience needed to play at lower end Division 2 and 3 schools. Goalies at this level are not making exceptional saves, but rather getting all the steady saves. In the net, these athletes are still strong communicators, but lack command over the defense. These athletes handle the ball often in the clearing game, but do not create as many fast break scoring chances for the offense.
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