The Biggest Hits of Dominique Alexander’s Career
Dominique Alexander -- one of the most dominant defenders of the past decade -- has announced his retirement.
The 2019 George Boiardi SSDM Hard Hat Award winner played on some of the best defenses in pro lacrosse. From the Ohio Machine to Archers LC, Alexander's on-ball dominance and off-ball IQ allowed his teams to play fast and aggressive schemes.
Alexander went pound-for-pound with the most physical dodgers and step-for-step with the shiftiest dodgers. Both the Machine and Archers utilized a "switch everything" scheme. Any pick above GLE -- even if it meant putting a short-stick on the opponent's top attackman -- was an automatic switch. That's where Alexander thrived. There was never a mismatch when he was on-ball.
Here are four of the biggest hits from Alexander's 10-year career:
4. Extending to midfield
The Machine defense crowded dodgers way beyond conventional comfort zones. This area of the field doesn't even exist anymore. Those 10 yards are gone! Alexander challenged his man early. He often landed a check that redirected the dodge -- and occasionally landed one that flattened the dodger and ended the possession.
This area of the field barely exists anymore! That’s how comfortable Dominique felt extending. pic.twitter.com/2huW153WmV— Joe (BC WLAX 6-2) Keegan (@joekeegs) March 16, 2023
3. Against the invert
Notice how hard the Charlotte Hounds offense works for this switch. They think the switch is their advantage. But they fail to generate a shot or a slide, because Alexander pushes his man out of bounds before the dodge begins.
“We got a switch! Let’s invert!”— Joe (BC WLAX 6-2) Keegan (@joekeegs) March 16, 2023
Good idea until Dominique pushes his man out of bounds pic.twitter.com/qmqKDpeVkL
1. Switching on the wing
Another pick. Another switch. And another dodge against Dominique Alexander that fails to generate any offense.
This is what made him so special. Step-for-step with the shiftiest dodgers. Pound-for-pound with physical dodgers. Dominique allowed the Machine and Archers defenses to switch everything. pic.twitter.com/njg5DSlQeG— Joe (BC WLAX 6-2) Keegan (@joekeegs) March 16, 2023