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Men’s lacrosse is a contact game played by ten players: a goalie, three defensemen, three midfielders, and three attackmen. The object of the game is to shoot the ball into the opponent’s goal. The team with the most goals wins.

To Start

Men’s lacrosse begins with a face-off. The ball is placed between the sticks of two squatting players at the center of the field. The official blows the whistle to begin play. Each face-off player tries to control the ball. The players in the wing areas can run after the ball when the whistle sounds. the other players must wait until one player has gained possession of the ball, or the ball has crossed a goal area line before they can be released.

Length of Game

Collegiate Game – 60 minutes in four 15-minute quarters

High School Game – 48 minutes in four 12-minute quarters

The Positions


The attackman’s responsibility is to score goals. The attackman generally restricts his play to the offensive end of the field. Each team should have three attackmen on the field during play.


The midfielder’s responsibility is to cover the entire field, playing both offense and defense. The midfielder is key to the transition game and is often called upon to clear the ball from defense to offense. Each team should have three midfielders on the field during play.


The defenseman’s responsibility is to defend the goal. The defenseman general restricts his play to the defensive end of the field.

Each team should have three defensemen on the field during play.


The goalie’s responsibility is to protect the goal and stop the opposing team from scoring. Each team has one goalie in the goal during play.

Men’s Lacrosse Field of Play

Passing & Catching

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