<-- Cycling and Breakaways How to Execute in a Two-on-Two Situation -->
Stolen from a piece written by Kendall Banks, with additions from Missy Kehoe.
The basic play is this: one player swims with the puck to a certain point and then passes to the other who scores. Sounds simple. But what is the best way to go about it and how do you increase your chances of scoring? There is no one answer but here are some ideas that might help.
Is it best to pass around the Defender's Swat Zone (the area in which a defender can knock down your pass, or DSZ) or through it?
You might have the opportunity to go around the DSZ early or with a really wide pass, but either of these options will mainly buy time for the defenders help to arrive. If it really is a two on one let's take our chances on going to the goal, not just maintaining possession until the numbers even back up. In a two on one against the last man the most productive play is generally through the DSZ.
Given that you have decided to attempt going through the DSZ then you want the puck to travel as short a distance through that volume as possible and at as high a speed as possible. Work together to accomplish this in the following ways:
The defender will usually want to move their stick backwards once the puck is released. The positioning of the receiver's body can prevent the defender from doing so. Don't "go out for a pass". Coming down from mid-water, position your body as close to the defender's stick as possible to take away a large part of their DSZ with your body. Also, have your stick ready to battle for the puck in the event that the defender does connect when they swat at it. Use your body to seal off the defender’s access to the puck. If the puck goes by the defender’s stick by an inch or by ten feet, it is your puck. If the puck hits the defender’s stick and drops straight down you still have a good chance of retrieving it (if you are in good position). If the defender hits it a little bit in front you still have a shot at it. If it just gets past the wall of your body, it's yours. Then maintain with your body and legs your relative positional advantage while kicking to the goal.
Another trick defenders use is the fake. The defender will fake an attack trying to draw a flick they can anticipate by having their hand moving backwards already. Again, don't bite and don't slow down. The receiver can help if they can move with the defender on the fake to occupy any space the defender momentarily gives up. Play the player, not the anticipated length of your teammate's pass.
In review, to complete a successful 2 on 1:
Other Do's and Don'ts: