To throw the lift check, follow these steps:
- Work to get the head of your stick under the attacker’s gloves
- Push forward and up to lift their bottom hand
This lift can dislodge the ball as the attacker drives toward the goal. You can also throw a lift check as an offensive player steps away to shoot or pass the ball. If you succeed, you can throw the pass off course and create a higher chance for a turnover.
While the lift check isn’t flashy, it can be one of the most effective checks to throw during a lacrosse game and is a vital skill for beginner defensemen to learn.