How Are Mens and Womens Lacrosse Different? A Comprehensive Breakdown

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Comparing Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse

Lacrosse is a sport that continues to grow in popularity, with many college teams across the country. Many people are aware of its existence but not completely familiar with the differences between men’s and women’s lacrosse. While both sports involve players using sticks to pass, catch and shoot a ball into a goal, there are still some key distinctions between them.


The first major difference lies in the rules governing each type of lacrosse. In men’s lacrosse, there are 10 players on the field at any given time: three attackmen, three midfielders, two defensemen, and one goalie (for a total of six offensive players). The game also allows for more contact than women’s lacrosse; body checking is allowed as long as it follows specific guidelines set by organizations like US Lacrosse.
Women’s lacrosse generally consists of 12 players on the field at once: four midfielders, three attackers, and five defenders (including one goalie). Almost all sanctions prohibit body contact; instead of physical play, they rely heavily upon stick checks or “poking out” an opponent from behind her back or over her head to gain control or move her away from possession of the ball.


Another distinguishing factor between men’s and women’s lacrosse is their equipment requirements—specifically their protective gear. Men must wear helmets equipped with face masks to protect against balls being shot at speeds up to 100 mph! Women have traditionally worn no protective gear besides gloves since body contact isn’t allowed; however, due to recent evidence linking concussions resulting from stick-to-head impacts, many leagues now require that women wear headgear similar to what men use during games.


These examples illustrate some fundamental differences between men’s and women’s versions of this popular sport—from rules defining allowable contact levels down even to required equipment needed while playing each version! Knowing these distinctions can help those new or interested in trying out either version find which form best suits them when deciding how they want to experience this great athletic activity!