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The Sporting Life of Lacrosse

Lacrosse is a team sport using a long-handled stick called a crosse and a rubber ball. The head of the stick has loose mesh in the shape of a basket and is used to catch the ball. The mesh pocket is used to catch and pass the ball. The object of the game is to shoot the ball into the opponent’s goal with the lacrosse stick. Lacrosse defense includes sticking checking and body contact to prevent the opposing team from taking possession of the ball and scoring. 

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The name lacrosse originated from the French term meaning field hockey. Lacrosse is an old sport, but still growing in popularity today. The game has undergone many changes over the years including the number of players and size of the field. When lacrosse began, teams fielded as many as 1,000 players at a time on a field anywhere from 164 feet to 9,800 feet in length. The games were played from sunup to sundown for two to three straight days. The games were often played as part of a ceremonial ritual to give thanks to the almighty Creator. 

Today’s lacrosse game fields 10 players and includes one goalie, three defenders, three midfielders and three attackers. Players carry a long or short lacrosse stick, depending on their position. The lacrosse field measures 110 yards long and 60 yards wide with goals that are six feet wide. The game is divided into four quarters and each quarter begins with a face-off and each time play is restarted it begins with a face-off. 

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Lacrosse was first introduced to upstate New York in the 1860’s and the first intercollegiate lacrosse game took place in November of 1877 between Manhattan College and New York University. Lacrosse was then introduced in the Baltimore area in the 1890’s and the two areas are still the epicenter of lacrosse today. The first intercollegiate lacrosse tournament took place in 1881 between Princeton and Harvard University, with Harvard beating Princeton by a score of 3-0. 

One of the best assets a lacrosse player can have is speed and infallible foot work. Being able to move well will throw the attacking opponent off the track and allow the player winging their way to the goal to complete the mission successfully. Running and footwork will often limit what the attacker can do and how they come at a player heading for the goal. 

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Matt Landis – Lacrosse Player

One of Notre Dame University’s most enduring lacrosse player is a New York born and raised a young man named Matt Landis. Young Mr. Landis excelled at lacrosse as a youth and played high school varsity lacrosse for four years. His commitment to the sport earned him several scholarship opportunities to attend several top colleges in the country. He chose to attend Notre Dame University because of its commitment to academics, as well as athletics. 

While in high school Matt received first team all-state honors his senior year, as well as Westchester County All-Section honors his junior and senior year. As a collegiate player Matt is a tough defensive player who excels on ball coverage and one on one coverage. Matt’s lacrosse philosophy is “attack will win you games, but its defense that wins you titles.” It is important to focus on the goal first and then establish the course of action to get there.

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