Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/28/20 – Staff Report
With COVID-19 restrictions at their highest levels, many elite Philly college women’s players are finding innovative ways to train.
Each Monday in the outdoor stadium at Steelyard Sports in King of Prussia, coaches Bob Mongeluzzi and Tom Dwyer host free Dodging & Shooting Clinics for college players. Normally 15 to 20 will attend to work on shooting, dodging, and many box-related skills.
“It’s just a chance for them to get out and compete,” said Mongeluzzi who has been organizing the free 90-minute sessions for more than a year inside and now outside at Steelyard. “The talent is incredible and they have all become much better at dodging and shooting and playing in tight spaces.’
Last week the women worked on 5v4 and 4v3 skills in a box-like setting Mongeluzzi calls “West Genny” skills, based on the powerful West Genesee (N.Y.) programs. He has players also work on dodging inside coned markers and confined space to further work on passing and catching in small spaces with precise movement.
Also, the women shoot on live goalies. Mongeluzzi said the players that regularly attend represent at least 12 of the top 16 to 20 programs in the regular rankings.
Mongeluzzi and Dwyer also run high school sessions, but they are currently shut down due to the pandemic. These college sessions will continue until the women head back to their schools and programs next month.