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Women's Lacrosse

Women's lacrosse, which is also called wlax or lax, is a limited-contact version of lacrosse. The sport of lacrosse was actually developed by the Native Americans. The modern women’s lacrosse game was first played in Scotland in 1890 at the St. Leonard's School. Men’s field lacrosse and women's lacrosse have very different rules.

The aim of the sport is to use a long-handled racket, which is known as a crosse or a lacrosse stick, to carry, catch, and pass a rubber ball to score by hurling the ball to the opposing team's goal.

Women's Lacrosse is played by two teams with twelve players each (field lacrosse has 10 players in each team). Each team usually consists of three attackers, five midfielders, three defenders, and one goalkeeper.

lacrosse for women a women's lacrosse match

The equipment used in women’s lacrosse is also very different from men’s field lacrosse. Women will only wear eyewear or lacrosse goggles, and a mouth guard, although in international rules, the players may not wear eye protection.

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