A zone emphasizes all your players working together to defend the lacrosse goal.

Here are 5 reasons to run a zone defense in lacrosse.

1- It covers up slower defenders and can compensate against an offense with fast, quick scorers.

2- A zone can eliminate penetration by encouraging quick double teams on the perimeter and packing the defense in. This often forces the offense to settle for outside shots.

3-  A zone allows teammates to quickly slide over to guard or double-team a scorer.

4- Zones are great against fast teams that get out in transition and have quick triggers. Many coaches like to use a zone when an offense is scoring too quickly, or if they want to give the defense a bit of a breather during the game.

5-  Switching defenses when an offense is in rhythm can slow down even the best offensive lacrosse teams.