Men’s lacrosse is a full-contact sport. This means that there’s a lot of physical contact allowed. This is why men play with extensive protective gear; all players are required to play with gloves and a helmet, a jockstrap is also strongly recommended for everyone. Other gear is also allowed, but what you wear depends on your personal preference and also on your position and role in the field. Midfielders and attackers wear standard shoulder, chest, and back protection and elbow protection. Some players also wear rib protection. Defenders usually only need chest and back protection, although some players don’t even wear these. Goalies are obligated to wear a jockstrap, chest protection, and a throat protector next to the standard gloves and helmet.
Attackers and midfielders often have short sticks with which they can shoot extremely fast. Defenders on the other hand have longer sticks for a bigger range. The goalie’s stick is a lot wider and deeper so it’s easier to stop more balls.
In contrast to women’s lacrosse men are allowed to kick the ball and cover it with their stick as long as they don’t withhold the bal from the game by putting the ball in their clothing or their pocket for example. Holding the ball in you hands is also not allowed. The game is quick and on tv it’s sometimes difficult to follow the ball. In an average game there are 10 to 15 goals.