Newswire: New Rule on Horns Will Speed Pace of Play
Fall Ball is shaping up to be a preview for the new face of NCAA men's lacrosse
Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:07:48 PM

As the now-infamous NCAA men's lacrosse rules committee diluted its rules proposals into a palatable medicine and PROP approved them Friday, D-I lacrosse coaches across the nation are beginning to incorporate the changes into their Fall Ball practices and games. Several blogs have reported on the effect it's looking to have on the upcoming 2013 season of men's lax.

The quicker turnaround on restarts and the elimination of substitution horns has allowed defenders to push midfielders to their limits in the offensive zone, while the rushed players attempt to exchange positions.

Mike Murphy, the head coach for Colgate, said that the result of these two adjustments has sped the game up more than even he anticipated, though he believed one had more of an effect than the other.

"The biggest fear for me is the no horns. We've run a couple practices with no horns, and the game can become frenetic in the up-and-down. We're good at playing fast, but you're going to get officials who are caught in between, and they may miss something on the back end because things are going 100 miles per hour," Murphy told Lacrosse Magazine.

Loyola coach Charley Toomey added with regard to his practices, "It was almost like we unleashed a pack of dogs with our short-sticks."

It seems that the NCAA got its wish for a faster pace of play.

There is ample confusion over the implementation of some of the other rules, namely the shot clock, simply because it isn't clear what will happen in situations where there's an injury or another out of the ordinary situation.

It's likely that in the coming months the real effects will take further shape - after all, these rules are as new to the teams as they are to us. We'll be watching every minute, though.