Women’s Lacrosse 101

Women’s Lacrosse is a non-contact game played by 12 players: a goalkeeper, five attackers and six defenders. The object of the game is to shoot the ball into the opponent’s goal. The team scoring the most goals wins.

Women’s Lacrosse begins with a draw, which is taken by the center position. The ball is placed between two horizontally held crosses (sticks) at the center of the field. At the sound of the whistle, the ball is flung into the air as the crosses are pulled up and away. A draw is used to start each half and after each goal, and it takes place at the center of the field.


Women’s Lacrosse Positions:

The Attack:

  • First Home:

The first home’s responsibility is to score. Located in front of the goal, the first home must continually cut toward the goal for a shot, or cut away from the goal to make room for another player. She should have excellent stickwork.

  • Second Home:

The second home is considered the playmaker. She should be able to shoot well from every angle and distance from the goal.

  • Third Home:

The third home’s responsibility is to transition the ball from defense to attack. She should be able to feed the ball to other players and fill in wing areas.

  • Attack Wings:

The wings are also responsible for transitioning the ball from defense to attack. Wings should have speed and endurance and be ready to receive the ball from the defense and run or pass the ball.

The Defense:

  • Point:

The point’s responsibility is to mark first home. She should be able to stick check, body check and look to intercept passes.

  • Coverpoint:

The coverpoint’s responsibility is to mark second home. She should be able to receive clears, run fast and have good footwork.

  • Third Man: 

The third man’s responsibility is to mark third home. She should be able to intercept passes, clear the ball, run fast and have good footwork.

  • Center: 

The center’s responsibility is to control the draw and play both defense and attack. She should have speed and endurance.

  • Defense Wings:

The wings are responsible for marking the attack wings and bringing the ball into the attack area. Wings should have speed and endurance.

  • Goalkeeper:

The goalkeeper’s responsibility is to protect the goal. She should have good stickwork, courage and confidence.


The Basics!
Women’s lacrosse teams use netted sticks to carry, throw, and shoot a ball along a field in an effort to score goals. A goal counts as one point and is scored when the ball completely crosses the opposing goal line between the posts and under the crossbar. The team scoring the greater number of goals in the allotted time wins the game.

What’s Needed?
Lacrosse stick, solid rubber ball, team uniform with kilt or shorts, gloves, sneakers or cleats, and mouth guard. (Some leagues require protective eye- wear.) Goalkeepers wear extra padding.

How Long Is A Game?
Generally, a game is divided into two twenty-five minute halves, with a ten-minute break at halftime. Each half begins at the center circle with a “draw” between two opposing players. Team captains flip a coin to choose playing sides and teams switch sides at halftime. If a game ends with the score even, it is a tie. Some leagues may decide the result of a tie by playing overtime periods of sudden death; the team scoring first wins.


Download Women’s Federation of International Lacrosse Rules