By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/30/11
Greg Cattrano made the third of his yearly trips to Philly Friday to preach his style of aggressiveness to young boys’ and girls’ goalies.
The former Major League Lacrosse champion from Long Island, who won a 2004 Major League Lacrosse championships with the Philadelphia Barrage, gave his popular Greg Cattrano Goalie Clinic to a group of over 20 goalies from youth to high school ages at Shipley School’s Farm Fields in Gladwyne.
His message is always the same.
“The one thing I always want to emphasize is being as aggressive as possible,” Cattrano said. “In every station we focused on what I call controlled aggressiveness. We take stepping to the ball to another level.”
Cattrano, a scholastic state champion from Long Island power Ward Melville High, also was an MLL standout for many years with the Long Island Lizards and Baltimore Bayhawks. Cattrano, a three-time MLL Goalie of the Year, also was a member of the US World Cup team in 1999 and was the NCAA Goalie of the Year in 1997 at Brown University.
Cattrano gave demonstrations and had several talks on the psychological side of goaltending before putting the goalies through four stations of drills during the four-hour clinic.
“We had four stations and two sets of stations,” he said. “We had some demos and some talks. I like to see the goalies get a mix of everything; They get to apply what they learned in the the demonstrations.
“We also emphasize having goalies be good sportsmen. We don’t want them to get down when they let up goals. They are inspirational leaders and they are a leader to their team whether they think it or not. They are respected. It’s important they keep their head up.”
“This was a great group with a lot of good goalies. We had a lot of fun today.”
The next Greg Cattrano Clinic is expected to be held in October.