Field Lacrosse

Field lacrosse, sometimes referred to as the "fastest sport on two feet," is a full contact outdoor men's sport played with ten players on each team. The sport originated among Native Americans, and the modern rules of field lacrosse were initially codified by Canadian William George Beers in 1867. Field lacrosse is one of three major versions of lacrosse played internationally. The other versions, women's lacrosse (established in the 1890s) and box lacrosse (which originated in the 1930s), are played under significantly different rules.

The object of the game is to use a long handled racket, known as a lacrosse stick or crosse, to catch, carry, and pass a solid rubber ball in an effort to score by ultimately hurling the ball into an opponent's goal. The triangular head of the lacrosse stick has a loose net strung into it that allows the player to hold the lacrosse ball. In addition to the lacrosse stick, players are required to wear a certain amount of protective equipment. Defensively the object is to keep the opposing team from scoring and to dispossess them of the ball through the use of stick checking and body contact. The rules limit the number of players in each part of the field and require the ball to be moved continuously towards the opposing goal.

Lacrosse is governed internationally by the 31-member Federation of International Lacrosse, which sponsors the World Lacrosse Championships once every four years. A former Olympic sport, attempts by the international governing body to reinstate it to the Games has been hampered by insufficient international participation and by the existence of separate governing bodies for the men's and women's versions of the sport until 2008. Field lacrosse is played professionally in North America by the Major League Lacrosse. It is also played on a high amateur level by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States, the Australian Senior Lacrosse Championship series, and the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association.

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Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association - History
... Founded in 1985, CUFLA was originally known as the Ontario University Field Lacrosse Association and, as the name suggests, was entirely Ontario based ... OUFLA changed its name to the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association to reflect the additions of McGill University and Bishop’s University, both of which are in Quebec ... This change also allows for the continued growth of CUFLA and Men's Field Lacrosse across Canada ...
Box Lacrosse - Rules - Players, Equipment and Officials - Goaltender
... Box lacrosse goaltenders equipment includes upper body gear (measuring no more than 3 inches (7.6 cm) up and 5 inches (13 cm) out off the shoulder—much larger than similar gear for field lacrosse or ice hockey ... Even as box lacrosse grows in the United States, the American goalkeeper is a rarity ... The skills required to be a successful field lacrosse goaltender and a successful box lacrosse goaltender are very different and do not lend well to one another ...
Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association
... The Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association (CUFLA) is an association of men’s field lacrosse teams connected with several universities in Ontario and Quebec ...
American Lacrosse League (1988) - Schedule and Results
... on May 21 due to graduation at Montlair State, New Jersey's home field Lacrosse Leagues Professional Indoor leagues National Lacrosse League Canadian Lacrosse League ...
Field Lacrosse - Attendance Records
... Lacrosse attendance has grown with the sport's popularity ... The 2008 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship was won by Syracuse University, beating Johns Hopkins University 13–10, in front of a title game ... The 2007 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship weekend held at M T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland was played in front of a total crowd of ...

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