Lax Hotline: Boys Lacrosse 101

Never played lacrosse before? We’ve got you covered. In today’s Lax Hotline post, we’re covering the basics of boys field lacrosse for those who are not familiar with the game.

Each team has 10 players on the field at one time: 3 attack, 3 midfielders, 3 defensemen, and 1 goalie.

The attackmen are lacrosse version’s of soccer’s forwards – the players that focus on scoring. Midfielders, known colloquially in lacrosse as “middies”, play both offense and defense. Both attackmen and middies have short sticks, with their sticks between 40 and 42 inches in length.

Defensemen in boys lacrosse have long sticks, up to six-feet long, that help that keep the players they’re defending away from the goal. Goalies have sticks slightly longer than attackmen and middies, but usually shorter than defensive long poles, as well as larger heads on their lacrosse sticks to help make saves when offensive players shoot on them. The goal itself that they guard is 6-feet by 6-feet.

Attack, middies, and defenders wear helmets, shoulder pads, arm pads, and gloves. Goalies wear all of the same equipment, although most do not wear arm protection, their shoulder pads are instead chest protectors that cover all of their front side, and they also are required to wear protective cups.

The premise of the game is very similar to hockey and soccer: pass the ball between your teammates to create opportunities to shoot and score in the goal, and stop your opponent from doing the same.

We’ll cover specialty positions in field lacrosse as well as more detailed rules in a future Lax Hotline post!