a game, similar to field hockey, in which two teams of ten men or twelve women each, using long-handled, pouched rackets, try to throw a small rubber ball into the opponents' goal: the game was first played by North American Indians
Origin of lacrosseCanadian French from French la, the + crosse, a crutch, hockey stick from Medieval Latin crucia: see crosier
A game played on a rectangular field by two teams of ten players each, in which participants use a long-handled stick that has a webbed pouch on one end to try to propel a ball into the opposing team's goal.
Origin of lacrosseCanadian French la crosse from French (jeu de) la crosse (game of) the hooked stick from Old French croce, crosse crosier of Germanic origin
Beth Rhodey of Salisbury University (left) and Cat Serpe of Franklin & Marshall College (right) at the NCAA Division III 2009 Women's Lacrosse Championship