Lacrosse fans love the thrill of the save – particularly when it includes elements not seen in everyday lacrosse games. From extreme fake-outs to silly team celebrations, the best lacrosse plays provide plenty of entertainment for players and crowd members alike. Over the years, talented athletes have impressed with thousands of truly amazing lacrosse plays and saves, but the following are easily ten of the best ever!
1. Matt Borda's 80 Yard Goal
Gonzaga High School defenseman Matt Borda scored from 80 yards out on an absolute bomb against Good Counsel in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Final in 2011. This goal was so insane, it made SportsCenter's Top 10, and gave Matt something to brag about for the rest of his life.
2. Philadelphia Barrage Use Hidden Ball Trick To Score 2
Kevin Cassese and Matt Striebel combined to fake out the Boston Cannons’ goalie Kip Turner, and score 2 with this tricky sleight-of-stick fake. You know it's a great goal when even the people working the cameras don't know where the ball is!
3. Robert Bazlen's Superman Save
Chapman University attacker Michael Marchand has nothing but net in front of him, when Whittier College's Robert Bazlen comes flying from out of nowhere to make an incredible save. This save served as the ultimate example of poetry in motion.
4. Colorado's Riley Seidel Breaks Ankles
The crowd in Denver can't help but be impressed by Buffaloes’ attacker Riley Seidel, who puts some moves on Colorado State, forcing the defender to trip over his own net before feeding teammate Greg Kelsic for the goal.
5. Tyler Richards Denies The Buzz Beater
Edmonton was definitely in a rush to score as time ticked away in the second quarter. However, Vancouver Stealth goalie Tyler Richard wasn't going to let that happen, as he robs Cory Conway of a goal from point blank range as the buzzer sounds.
6. What's Better: The Goal or The Celebration?
The 2013 Under Armour All-American Game featured Zach Currier picking his opponents pocket, then going almost coast-to-coast to score a slick behind-the-back goal. For those efforts, you deserve to show off a little bit with a synchronized team kayak celebration.
7. Richie Ford Scores "Sickest. Goal. Ever."
Stevenson University's Richie Ford not only goes between his own legs, but also through the five hole of Roanoke goalie Jake Dorsey as well. The Mustangs claim it was the "Sickest. Goal. Ever.", which is open for debate.
8. The Dragons Are On Fire: Drexel Scores 3 Times in 11 Seconds
A 6-4 deficit was quickly erased by Drexel's Jules Raucci and Nick Saputo, who combined for 3 goals in just 11.3 seconds against Penn in the NCAA tournament. Saputo's two goals came just 5.9 seconds apart.
9. Paul Rabil's Pinpoint Accuracy, As Seen By His Own GoPro
Arguably the best lacrosse player in America, Paul Rabil showed off his ridiculous accuracy and blazing shot speed by sacrificing a GoPro camera. Now you have a pretty good idea of what MLL and NLL goalies have to face when they square off against Paul Rabil.
10. John Grant Jr. Makes It Look Easy
After winning 2 MVP awards apiece in both NLL and MLL, John Grant Jr. is probably bored with scoring goals the "traditional" way. So he decides, in this instance, to casually go behind the back, from underneath, and bury it top shelf. Just another goal for John Grant Jr.
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