WHAT IS LACROSSE?
WHAT IS LACROSSE?
Lacrosse is a contact team sport played between two teams using a small rubber ball (slightly smaller than a tennis ball) and a long-handled stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick. The game contains elements from many other sports, but is most similar to basketball and hockey. The goal of the game is to score by shooting the ball into an opponent's goal, using the lacrosse stick to catch, cradle, pass, and shoot the ball. Men's and Women's lacrosse have very different rules. In men's lacrosse, defensive players can use their stick and body to check the offensive player and make him lose the ball or keep from scoring. In women's lacrosse stick checks are kept to a minimum.
Both Men and Women play lacrosse at the youth, high school, collegiate, adult, and professional levels.
Men's field lacrosse is played on a pitch about the size of soccer field. 10 players are on the field from each team at the same time with 1 Goalie, 3 Defensemen, 3 Midfielders (Middies), and 3 Attackmen. Field lacrosse incorporates both lightning quick ball movement as players attack the goal and react on defense, but also necessitates extraordinary endurance as players sprint up and down the field multiple times before substitutions.
Box Lacrosse is played on a much shorter field, about the size an ice hockey rink. There are 6 players on the field the entire time including 1 Goalie and 5 other players who play both offense and defense. The goal is smaller in box lacrosse and goalies wear large ice hockey goalie pads. The back and forth action is fast and goals from everywhere from outside shots to diving in front of the goal.
Women's Lacrosse is played on a pitch similar to men's field lacrosse, but women play with 12 players from each team on the field at a time, including 1 Goalie, 3 Defenders, 3 Attacker, and 5 Midfielders (Middies). Speed and stamina dominate this game, and women play far better body positioning than men as they cannot rely on stick and body checks to take the ball away from an attacker.