Oregon Vs 503 LC Scrimmage Video

Should MCLA teams scrimmage other MCLA teams or men’s club teams? Which scrimmage type prepares a program best for the upcoming season?
Oregon vs Dominican

The Oregon Ducks take on the 503 men’s club team from Portland, Oregon in their final preseason scrimmage, before their MCLA games start. By playing a men’s team, Oregon puts themselves in a situation where they really can’t scout their opponents that much, aside from some Duck alums playing for 503.

My question is, do you think it’s better for MCLA teams to scrimmage other college club teams, men’s teams, or a mix of the two?

Is it different for every program?

What are the benefits of playing a men’s team? Are there any drawbacks? Does that hold true for a college club team? Or an NCAA squad?

  1. I’m part of a men’s club team that regularly plays both MCLA  and NCAA teams (Our fall schedule this year was: UNH, Northeastern, SNHU, Saint Anselm’s, Franklin Pierce, and Keene State).  The advantage for the college teams is that they get to play against a team that has a very high lacrosse IQ paired with diminishing athletic ability.  Because most of the fall and early spring is spent on conditioning, I think it can be helpful for a college team to switch focus to the the mental aspect of lacrosse since they match up very well athletically.  The disadvantage is that you will not be facing anything resembling the slow down, controlled offense you typically see in the college game.  Club teams are all about Dodge, Re-Dodge, pass to the slide or shoot.  Not much more complicated than that, but you will be punished for defensive mistakes 9/10 times. 

    The teams that did well against us were adept at taking the air out of the ball with long possesions on their offensive end.  Teams that did not fair so well seemed like they were expecting us to cycle the ball around the outside 4 or 5 times, and were shocked when the mid bringing the ball over would simply step-in and rip if nobody closed him down.  I think we provided the teams we played a benefit, but I definitely think they should play other collegiate teams as well.

  2. Personally, I have never liked the idea of scrimmaging a men’s club. My
    prior reasoning is that, in my mind, men’s club does not take it
    seriously enough and I didn’t want the lack of intensity to trickle over
    to our side of the ball. Also, I didn’t want our guys getting hurt as a
    result of bonehead play by some guy trying to re-live his glory days.

    After joining the program at Sonoma State, my tone has changed. While I
    still prefer to scrimmage collegiate opponents, there are several
    benefits to scrimmaging the men’s clubs.

    1) Some of these
    rosters are filled with extremely talented and competitive players from
    top NCAA and even some pro leagues around the country. Nothing like
    pitting your athletes against the best.

    2) You can try new things and your league opponents won’t get tipped off to what you are planning for the season.

    3) I was very wrong about the intensity of the game… A competitor is a
    competitor! When between the lines, the men’s club play as hard, if
    not harder, than our collegiate programs. Cheap shots have not been an

    Countless other reasons for or against, this is simply my $.02.

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