Lacrosse in a nutshell

  • Article by: JASON GONZALEZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 26, 2012 - 1:31 AM
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Benilde St. Margaret’s Taylor Topousis went against Eden Prairie’s Riley Boehm in the 2011 boys’ lacrosse final, won by BSM.

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LACROSSE IN A NUTSHELL

The sport of American Indian origins is played with a long-handled-stick and a rubber ball. Teams of players -- 10 for boys, 12 for girls -- attempt to throw a ball into the opposing team's net. U.S. Lacrosse describes it as a "combination of basketball, soccer and hockey," rewarding "coordination and agility, not brawn." It can be played outdoors and indoors, with the size of the field and team varying by league type.

MINNESOTA ON THE RISE

Numbers based on Minnesota Lacrosse Association membership, a chapter of U.S. Lacrosse:

13,255

Membership, including players, coaches, officials and fans, from third grade to adult.

18

Percent of membership growth, 2011 to 2012 in boys division, grades 3-8.

6,208

Male youth players.

2,078

Female youth players.

2,585

Male high school players.

1,012

Female high school players.

 

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