Wellesley Boys Lacrosse

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Boys Game Overview

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The attackman's responsibility is to score goals and defend the opposing team when they are attempting to move the ball up field to their offensive players. The attackman generally restricts his play to the offensive end of the field. A good attackman demonstrates excellent stick work with both hands and has quick feet to maneuver around the goal. 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. A good midfielder demonstrates good stick work including throwing, catching and scooping. Speed and stamina are essential. Each team should have three midfielders on the field.



The defenseman's responsibility is to defend the goal. The defenseman generally restricts his play to the defensive end of the field. A good defenseman should be able to react quickly in game situations. Agility and aggressiveness are necessary.  Each team should have three defensemen on the field.



The goalie's responsibility is to protect the goal and stop the opposing team from scoring. A good goalie also leads the defense by reading the situation and directing the defensemen to react. A good goalie should have excellent hand/eye coordination and a strong voice. Quickness, agility, confidence and the ability to concentrate are also essential. Each team has one goalie in the goal during play.


Each team must keep at least four players, including the goalie, in its defensive half of the field and three in its offensive half. Three players (midfielders) may roam the field.  A violation of this rule results in an offsides penalty.

If the ball or a player with the ball goes out of bounds, possession is awarded to the other team. If the ball goes out of bounds after a shot, the player nearest the ball when it goes out of bounds is awarded the possession.

An attacking player may not enter the crease but his stick may go in to recover the ball.

Should the goalie come out of the crease with the ball, he is like any other player and may be checked.

Personal Fouls

Slashing: A vicious and uncontrolled hit with the stick

Illegal equipment: Most often it is a stick with a pocket exceeding regulation depth or a stick that is too short that results in this type of violation

Cross checking: Player uses the handle of the stick between his hands to make contact with an opposing player.

Illegal body checking: From the rear, above the shoulders or below the waist, he didn't even have the ball, after the pass, and after the shot.

Technical Fouls

Holding: The player impedes the movement of the opponent or his stick

Pushing: Thrust or shove from behind.

Stalling: The team with the ball intentionally slows play to let the clock run out.

Warding off: The player with the ball wears a clove of garlic. No, he uses his free hand to push or control the opponent's stick