The Disputed Fight/Goal Warriors vs Titans – Video

Posted: July 17, 2011 by Paul Rai in Alberta Lacrosse, Box Lacrosse, Fights, Junior B Lacrosse, The Lacrosse Program
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Before I get into this post let me make it perfectly clear I am on the coaching staff of the Titans.  Am I biased? – definitely.  Okay with that on the table let’s proceed.  In the game last night which we lost 11-9 a goal was scored in the third period after a fight had started.  The referees allowed the goal stating that the fight had not been started until after the goal.  I don’t know the definition of what a fight is, but when two combatants have their gloves off and are walking to each other a fight is on.  The problem with this play is our player walks off the crease and his man buries a goal.  In the video clip you watch the Warriors player’s gloves hit the ground at the 12 second mark and the goal is scored off camera at about the 16 second mark.  I would say between three or four seconds transpire between the drop of the gloves and the goal.  In real-time this is very short, but watching the video clip you see the back referee in good position to be watching the entire play.  His eyes, however, are fixed on the ball and he does not see the fight start.  He even points to the goal being scored.  Only after he points does he recognize there is a fight.  I don’t understand how a fight can give one team a distinct advantage to score a goal.  It is one of those things where you have to shake your head.  At least we get the upper hand in the fight.

Does it make difference in the game?  Maybe, maybe not.  The Warriors played harder and they won the game.  It is our job to play the calls and not lose composure.  We did not do a good job at that.  We need to be better.  We don’t have much more room for error now as we need two straight to continue our series.  Alberta lacrosse – there is always something you never thought could happen.


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