It was in the middle of the fourth quarter Saturday night when the call was made. It took some time to sort out, but when the dust settled, Colorado’s Matt Roik was done for the night. Minnesota coach Joe Sullivan called for an equipment check on the goalie’s gloves during their National Lacrosse League game and it cost Roik a 10-minute game misconduct along with a 2-minute minor for illegal equipment. Sullivan said he thought Roik’s gloves had an “add-on” and, of course, Roik denied it. It’s an issue that pops up every now and then during lacrosse games and it begs the question: Is that a smart and strategic call for a coach to make? Or is it a bush-league call? We’re not here to pass judgement. We’re just here to poll you and see what you think.
Sullivan and the Swarm were trailing by 5 goals when he made the call. So, clearly, Sullivan was looking for any sort of edge to get his offense on track. It didn’t exactly backfire, but it didn’t quite have the desired effect as Colorado backup Dan Lewis came in and made 7 saves down the stretch in Colorado’s 15-9 win.
But if you’re coaching a team in Sullivan’s position, what would you do? Do you pull that card or do you swallow it, thinking that making a move like that could come back to haunt you down the stretch? It’s one of those issues that splits right down the middle because yeah, maybe someone is breaking or stretching the rules, but does it go against an unwritten code?
Time’s up for thinking about it, though. Because the time to cast your ballot is upon you.
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