Lacrosse explained

Posted on March 23, 2007 by


Ben Jarvis
Staff Writer

Many students here at CHS have heard of the emerging club sport of lacrosse. Although members of the team are very active around the school and the club is well known, many people do not understand the basic rules and history of lacrosse.

“To be honest, I have no idea what is going on when I watch lacrosse, it’s just foreign to me.” Jared Schooley (10) said.

Therefore, as the purveyor of lacrosse information for the JLab 140 website, I feel compelled to explain the rules of lacrosse before delving into the more detailed aspects of the CHS team.

To start with, each lacrosse team takes the field with 10 players per side for male lacrosse or 12 for women’s. One player serves as a goaltender, three play defensive positions in the team’s half of the field, three are midfielders that can roam the entire field, and three others are offensive players that can only be on the opposing team’s side of the field.

Much like basketball, each game starts off with a “face-off” wherein two players from competing teams struggle to gain possession of the ball. Lacrosse is a full-contact sport, meaning that striking opponents with the “crosse” is legal and very much a part of the game. The ball is passed when a player scoops it up off of the ground and throws it through the air to another player. In men’s lacrosse, the ball may be covered up as well as kicked on the ground in addition to passing.

A goal is scored when the ball goes into the opposing team’s goal. Typical games have relatively high scoring totals compared to lacrosse’s cousin sport, ice hockey. An average of 10 to 20 points is typical for any given lacrosse game.

Hopefully this new understanding of lacrosse can help the CHS community go forth with renewed vigor and appreciation for this Canadian pastime.

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