Man-down defense covers so many concepts that we believe here at Army are huge keys to our success. Dialing in on small concepts like footwork, stickwork, and communication have a major impact on our defense's success on the field in games. This clinic will take you through several man-down defensive drills that highlight these concepts, and will help to take your defensive unit to the next level!
Carly O'Connell
Former Assistant Coach, Army West Point Lacrosse
Army West Point: 2018 - 2021
5-Year Coaching Veteran

In just two years at West Point, O’Connell has developed the Black Knights’ defense into one of the best units in the Patriot League and in all of Division I. Across two seasons, the Army defense has held 15 of its opponents to single-digit goals.

O’Connell arrived at West Point after a two-year stint as an assistant coach at UMass-Lowell.

A four-year starter at Oregon, she helped lead the Ducks to three consecutive MPSF Tournaments from 2014-16. She compiled some of the best numbers in program history and still holds several top marks.

After wrapping up her collegiate playing career in Eugene, Ore., O’Connell was drafted by the Philadelphia Force of the United Women’s Lacrosse League.

She also has experience working at the club level, having coached the Revolution Lacrosse Club as well as the 3D Lacrosse Club.
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