POULTNEY - Control, control, control. Coaches often
can be heard preaching this advice to their players on the field
during practice, games or in a chalk talk. In women's lacrosse, the
meaning of the word goes beyond what players do to control their
actions or emotions; it's literally part of the game.
At the beginning of each half and after virtually every goal is
scored, two women meet inside the draw circle to compete for who
will maintain possession of the ball. The scenario is similar
to a jump ball in basketball. The referee places a lacrosse
ball between each player's crosse and the two opposing players vie
for control of the ball.
The terminology used when the draw is won is "draw control".
In 12 contests last season, Green Mountain outdrew its opponents
by a 165-106 margin, which translates to a 61 percent success
rate. The Eagles' key to this dominance was their junior draw
control artist, Johanna Douglas.
Of the 165 draw controls won by the Eagles last season, Douglas
was responsible for 129 or 78 percent of them. That number put
her into the upper echelon of all NCAA players. Douglas was so
proficient at controlling draws she was recognized by the NCAA as
the number one player in all of Division III in draw controls per
contest with 10.75. In fact, her performance in the circle last
year put her at the top of all NCAA players, regardless of
For being the best draw control artist in the nation, Douglas
received a plaque highlighting the feat and when the
administration, coaching staff and student-athletes met on Monday,
Oct. 8. As a side note, Douglas also ranked sixth in all of
Division III in ground balls per contest (5.42) last year as
Douglas' accomplishment is unrivaled in the history of Green
Mountain College women's lacrosse. In fact, she is the only female
student-athlete from any sport to receive such an award by the