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The Positions of Lacrosse

Posted by Barry Marenberg on October 20, 2009

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Some parents of the new players have asked about the different positions in lacrosse and what they require, etc.  Unlike baseball or football which have numerous positions, there are only 4 positions in lacrosse.  Attack, Midfield, Defense and Goalie.  A short description of each position follows:

Attack – Simply put, the Attackman’s responsibility is to score goals.  The Attackman generally restricts his play to the offensive end of the field.  A good Attackman demonstrates excellent stick work with both hands and has quick feet to maneuver around the goal.  A team has three Attackmen on the field during play.

Midfield (Middie) – The Midfielder’s responsibility is to cover the entire field, playing both offense and defense depending upon which team has possession of the ball.   The Midfielder is the key to the transition game, and is often called upon to clear the ball from defense to offense.  A good Midfielder demonstrates good stick work including, throwing, catching and scooping.  Speed and stamina are essential.  Each team should have three midfielders on the field during play.

Defense – The Defenseman’s responsibility is to defend the goal.  The Defenseman generally restricts his play to the defensive end of the field.  A good Defenseman should be able to react quickly in game situations.  Agility and aggressiveness are necessary. Great stick work is not essential to be effective but the better Defensemen have competent stick work.  Each team should have three Defensemen on the field during play.

 Goalie – The Goalie’s responsibility is to protect the goal and stop the opposing team from scoring.  A Goalie also leads the defense by reading the situation and directing the defensemen to react.  A Good goalie has excellent hand/eye coordination and a strong voice.   Quickness, agility, confidence and the ability to concentrate are also essential.  Each team has one goalie in the goal during play.


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