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Fun Lacrosse Facts

Lacrosse is the fastest growing youth sport in the United States.


  • May have originated as early as 1100 AD, and was well established in Canada by the 17th century
  • The traditional aboriginal Canadian version had teams ranging from 100 to 1000 players on a field nearly two miles long. The game was played from sun up to sundown for two to three days
  • In 1856, the Montreal Lacrosse Club was founded and rules were codified to shorten the game and reduce the number of players to twelve
  • Lacrosse was a summer Olympic sport in 1904 and 1908 with teams from the U.S. (1904 only), Canada and Great Britain.
  • Harvard beat Princeton 3-0 in the first college lacrosse tournament held in 1881
  • The first NCAA sponsored Men’s Lacrosse Championship was held in 1971, where Cornell defeated Maryland 12-6
  • Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown of the Cleveland Browns played lacrosse for Syracuse University, and is also in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame
  • Duke University beat Syracuse to win the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship

Rules and Regulations

  • The field is 110 yards long by 60 yards wide.
  • Each team in men’s lacrosse has ten players, three attack men, three mid-fielders, three defensemen and a goalie
  • Women’s lacrosse rules and field dimensions are different from men’s. Each team has twelve players, usually four attack, three midfielders, four defense and a goalie
  • In men’s lacrosse, midfielders can cover the full field. Defensemen and attack men must stay on their respective sides of the midfield line so that there are no more than six offensive players (not including the goalie) on the defending side. A defensemen can cross the midfield line into the offensive side while carrying the ball as long as a midfielder stays behind the midfield line.



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