NCAA Lacrosse: College Lacrosse Needs a Shot Clock

Shea Haney@SheaH4Correspondent IIIMarch 2, 2012

As I wrote this article, I was watching Princeton play Johns Hopkins. 

The second quarter was a noticeably slow-moving affair.

Why is this? 

Johns Hopkins was possessing the ball and not giving it up. 

In addition to that, they were going to the goal very few times, thus creating little action.  The stall warning that the NCAA implements did very little to push the action.  What fans were left with was watching lacrosse players walking around playing catch.

On a nationally televised game, this is an embarrassment to the sport. 

If a fan tuned into lacrosse and noticed this slow-moving affair, it wouldn’t catch the fan's interest.  The NCAA needs to package the game to show its strong points, including speed and the action of a fast-moving sport.

I understand slowing a game down is a strategy for some field teams, but the NCAA needs to control it.  The professional leagues—Major League Lacrosse and the National Lacrosse League— have shot clocks.  This adds excitement, movement, and a new element to their product. 

Why can’t the NCAA do this? 

This has been a topic of discussion for several years in the college game with no change to the sport.  In several of the major sports in America, the college game is extremely important in showcasing the sport. 

If the sport of lacrosse wants to move into the next level of sports, steps at the college level need to be taken to speed up the game.

What do you think? 

Should the NCAA add a shot clock? 

If they did, should it be a 30-second, one-minute, or two-minute limit?