LACROSSE





A game of ball played by two opposing teams of twelve players each.

The lacrosse field is a level piece of ground with net or wire goals

at each end. The players strive to hurl the ball into their opponents'

goal by means of a lacrosse stick or "crosse." This is a peculiar bent

stick with a shallow gut net at one end. It somewhat resembles a

tennis racket, but is more like a snowshoe with a handle. The game

originated with the Indians and is much played in Canada.



In playing, the ball must not be touched with the hands, but is hurled

from one player to another by the "lacrosses" until it is possible to

attempt for a goal. It is also passed when a player is in danger of

losing the ball.



Lacrosse sticks cost from two to five dollars each and are made of

hickory with rawhide strings. The players wear specially padded gloves

to protect the knuckles. The usual uniform for lacrosse is a

tight-fitting jersey and running trousers.





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