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All-American \ n. \ national award given in boys‘ and girls' high school lacrosse for excellence within
their state. Also a national award given to men and women at the top of their position in each division
of NCAA lacrosse.
All Even \ n. \ term (usually yelled by players and coaches) indicating that a penalized player is returning onto the field.
All Right (All Left) \ adj. \ term for a player who has a dramatically dominant hand.
Alligator Arms \ n. \ not fully extending the arms to catch a pass, usually in fear or anticipation of an
impending hit, giving the appearance of tiny alligator arms.
Around The World \ n. \ like a behind the back shot except the stick is wrapped around the opposite
direction and the shot comes from over the shoulder of the shooting hand.
Assist \ n. \ a pass to the shooter. A pass that sets up a goal. Two assists can be awarded in Box Lacrosse.
Attack \ n. \ the player position in the game that is stationed in the offensive end and is responsible for
offense primarily. These players are called Attackers or Attackmen.
Backbreaker \ n. \ a trick shot where the stick is held by both hands above the head and the ball is shot underhand and behind the back AND between the legs.
Back Door \ n. \ an offensive player without the ball sneaks in, close to the goal behind the defense, where the ball carrier zips a pass to him or her for an easy score. 2: \ v. \ sneak behind the defense to receive a feed and get an easy scoring opportunity.
Backup (Back up the goal) \ n. \ an offensive player close to the endline and ready to run full speed toward the line to regain the possession of the ball on a missed shot. The man closest to the ball on as it goes out of bounds gets the ball back, so never shoot unless you know you can score OR you have a good backup. 2: \ n. \ a player "extra Stick". An additional stick brought out to a game, but thrown on the sideline during warm-ups and neglected until the end of the game unless needed.
Bag \ n. \ slang for a pocket, usually a very deep one.
Bake \ v. \ molding the empty stick head to a custom shape in any number of ways.
Ball ("Ball") \ n. \ a white, orange or yellow solid rubber orb between 7 3/4 and 8 inches in circumference, between 5 and 5 1/4 ounces in weight and a 2/3 bounce ratio by NCAA rules. 2: \ term \ used by a player to another player to let him know that he will gather the ground ball while his teammate takes a man, shouting "Man" and keeping the opponent away from the ball until his team has possession.
Ball Hunt \ n. \ players in the tall grass or woods behind the goal looking for balls using their sticks like scythes.
Ball Stop \ n. \ the small piece of foam or rubber that is used at the base of the stick head to soften the surface and lessen the bounce off the plastic. also called a stop or stopper.
Baltimore Crab \ n. \ a method of picking up a ball by rolling the top inside of the scoop over the ball, starting it moving in that direction, while turning the head under the ball quickly to collect it in one motion. Also called the Indian Pick-up, because the early Iroquois versions or the Huron, Cherokee and Choctaw versions of the game featured sticks with no scoops.
Bait (Bait the Shooter) \ n. \ the goal keeper intentionally tries to influence the shooter's shot selection by "underprotecting" one side of the goal and showing an open net. This allows the goal keeper to anticipate the ball flight and move early to make the "easy" save.
Barracudas \ n. \ south Florida's premier travel program
Base Defense \ n. \ three core defensemen that are responsible for defense and are stationed at the ‘Point’ ‘Crease’ and ‘Wing’. They use long poles and are sometimes even called "longpoles". Defensemen win championships – Attackmen score goals.
Behind the back \ adj. \ any shot or pass that passes behind you, the more spectacular, the better but don't blow it, showboat.
Behind the back fake \ n. \ a behind the back motion that does not produce a shot but moves the goalie in that direction making a forward shot available.
Board (Boards) \ n. \ the sideline wall in a box arena. 2: \ v. \ to hit someone into or even hold them onto the boards in a box lacrosse arena which is legal.
Body Check \ n. \ a check using the shoulder to hit a ball carrier's upper frontal body.
Bounce Shot \ n. \ a shot on goal that is targeted downward and bounces before the goal line
Bucket \ n. \ a really deep pocket or good goalie pocket.
Buddy Pass \ n. \ a pass that is lobbed high and/or slowly through the air such that the recipient is blind sided and rocked by defenders as he receives it.
Bull Dodge \ n. \ protecting the stick by holding it in the outside hand behind the body, the ball carrier basically runs through the defenseman, bulling past toward the goal.
Bullet \ n. \ slang for a ball.
Butt End \ n. \ bottom end of a lacrosse stick opposite the head.
Cage \ n. \ slang for the goal
Canadian egg roll \ n. \ slang for a shot where the ball is caught and in one downward motion shots behind the shooter. The ball is released near the knees and is usually performed when on the crease with the shooter's back to the goalie.
Cannon \ n. \ slang for an extremely hard shot, adjective used to describe a player's shot, ie "he's got a cannon!"
Carry the Pizza \ v. \ when a player runs down the field carrying the ball in their stick way out in front of them in one hand with their arm extended, and holding the bottom of the shaft. This keeps the ball in the head of the stick without needing to cradle or worry about what's behind you, sorta. Also known as Walking the Dog.
Cheap it (Cheap the ball) \ v. \ clearing the ball from the defensive end with a long random pass into the offensive end. see Gilman Clear.
Check \ n. \ an attempt to dislodge the ball from another player's stick by poking or slapping their stick or arms with either end of your stick, though most often the head. 2: v. \ the act of attempting to dislodge the ball in this manner.
Check Up \ v. \ term shouted by goalkeepers to begin a defensive practice of claiming who each defensive player is assigned to.
Clamp \ v. \ a move by a face off player pushing the back of the head over the ball and pulling the ball towards him.
Clear \ n. \ a play designed to move the ball from the defensive end to the offensive end after a save or turnover. 2: \ v. \ moving the ball from the defensive end to the offensive end of the field after a turnover or save.
Copter \ n. \ slang for a stick checked out of one's hands so that it flies into the air spinning like a helicopter rotor.
Cradle \ v. \ the fluid side to side motion of the stick in order to maintain possession of the ball using its own gravity and inertia while running at full speed.
Crank \ n. \ a hard shot accentuated by an extended wind up by a stationary shooter or full extension of the shot by a sprinting shooter. See also Frazier.
Crease \ n. \ the 6 foot diameter circle that surrounds each goal. Offensive players are not allowed in the crease.
Crosse \ n. \ proper name for a stick. From the French word "Crossier" or curved staff. Refers to the head and shaft together or more appropriately to the one piece wooden stick used before 1970 and still used by some box players and Native Americans, who, of course, invented them.
Cross Check \ n. \ with both hands on the shaft, hitting a player with the section of the shaft between the hands. Illegal in field lacrosse but legal in Box Lacrosse. 2: \ v. \ the act of checking in this manner.
Cuda Lax \ n. \ south Florida's premier travel program
Cut Back \ v. \ a quick turn back in the direction from which the ball carrier cam, in order to shake free a defender and get a shot on goal.
D \ n. \ slang for defense or the group of defensive players.
D- Up \ term \ slang for recognizing and taking a man defensively. Yelled by the Goalkeeper to his defensive unit after an unsettled situation.
Defense \ n. \ the player position that is responsible for defense primarily and are stationed in the defensive end near their goal. They use long poles and are sometimes even called "longpoles". Defensemen win championships – Attackmen score goals.
Defender \ n. \ a player at the defense position.
Dinger \ n. \ hard shot that scores, usually hitting a corner.
Dip and dunk \ n. \ a fake performed by a player that is in tight next to the goal. The fake is low making the goalie drop. Then the shooter finishes up high in the empty net.
Dominant Hand \ n. \ a favored top hand on the stick. Most players have a dominant hand and defenders should exploit that if it is that obvious.
Dodge \ n. \ any move that gets a ball carrier by a defender. 2: \ v. \ evading and passing a defender while driving with the ball.
Dye Job \ n. \ A stick head which has had the color changed by dying.
End Cap \ n. \ a plastic cap that covers the butt end of the shaft.
End line \ n. \ out of bounds line behind the goal.
Extension \ n. \ the distance between your hands and your body on a hard running shot. A fully extended shot will be much harder than one close in to the body.
Extra \ n. \ a player's backup or 2nd Stick. An additional stick brought out to a game, but thrown on the sideline during warm-ups and neglected until the end of the game unless needed. 2: \ adj. \ slang for Man Up
Face off (Face-off) \ n. \ term borrowed from the canadian box game and hockey replacing the term "draw" for the men's game in the 1940's. To start each
Face Dodge \ n. \ while running at the defenseman, just before any contact, the stick is brought around the face to the side of the body while the feet pivot the same way and a burst of speed loses the defender. Works best with a lunging defender.
Factory Pocket \ n. \ a pocket put on the head by the manufacturer or the store but sold off the shelf. Usually mesh or straight traditional.
Fake \ v. \ feigning the intention to shoot or pulling a shot back without letting the ball go in order to fool a defender or goalie out of position. Can be done with any combination of stick movement, shoulder movement (shoulder fake), eye movement, etc.
Fast Break \ n. \ an extra man situation temporarily cause by a quick steal or great outlet pass from the defensive end. The offense uses the extra man to split the defense so that the ball coming quickly down the field can find an easypath from undefended player to undefended player until a very high percentage shot is taken.
Feed \ n. \ a pass that finds a teammate cutting to the goal. An assist.
Field \ n. \ playing surface for outdoor lacrosse.
Fish \ n. \ slang and derogatory term for a bad defenseman.
Flag \ n. \ a piece of yellow cloth with a soft but weighted ball sewn or banded into it. The referee throws this into the air on a penalty that does not stop action.
Floor \ n. \ playing surface for outdoor lacrosse.
FOGO \ n. \ acronym for "Face-Off, Get Off". A player who is only on the field during the face off. Most FOGO's are the centermen or face-off men during the draw but they can also be wing men, often with a long stick. FOGOs evolved into the game of lacrosse around the turn of the century due to specialization in lacrosse.
Foul \ n. \ a call by the referee that punishes a rules infraction and awards either penalty time or a turnover of possession. 2: \ v. \ to act outside of the rules.
Foul Out \ v. \ accumulating 5 personal fouls in any game. The player must sit for the remainder of the game just like in basketball. Little known rule.
Full Strength \ n. \ term indicating that no players on a team are serving penalties.
Frozen Rope \ n. \ a very hard shot which doesn't deviate in strength or direction from stick to net. See Lazer or Rope.
Frying pan \ n. \ a player who's not a good cradler and just runs down the floor/field like their carrying a frying pan. Origins of the word come from Ontario box lacrosse.
GLE \ n. \ acronym for Goal line extended, the imaginary line of the goal extended to the sidelines for the purposes of planning plays and describing positioning on the field. One would not likely shoot from behind the GLE.
Garbage Goal \ n. \ a goal that is most often easily scored on the crease as a result of the ball becoming loose in the crease area after a shot rebounds off the goalkeeper.
Gillman (Gillman the ball) \ v. \ clearing the ball from the defensive end with a long random pass into the offensive end. See Gilman Clear.
Gillman Clear \ n. \ the goalie heaves the ball randomly into the offensive end from the crease area of the defensive end.
Goal \ n. \ a steel 6 foot square opening enclosed with a net. Goals are smaller in box and inside lacrosse. 2: \ n. \ term for when a ball evades the goalkeeper and scores by crossing the goal face.
Goal Face \ n. \ the open front of the goal.
Goal Line \ n. \ a 6 foot line across the face of the goal. The ball must cross this line to score. The line is shorter in box lacrosse.
Goal Plane \ n. \ term for the Goal Face extended, the imaginary plane of the goal extended to the sidelines for the purposes differentiating between a pass and a shot. A missed shot must cross the goal plane.
Goalie \ n. \ see Goal Keeper.
Goal Keeper \ n. \ player position responsible for protecting the actual goal. Very rarely leaves the defending goal area and uses a larger stick head to block shots. Also called a Goalie or Keeper.
G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) \ n. \ slang for a coach or a returning player who has not realized that - the older he gets, the better he was.
Gobble (Gobble up) \ n. \ to take a ground ball quickly and expertly.
Goose (Goose it) \ v. \ slang for a flipping the ball from the ground to a teammate.
Ground Ball \ n. \ a loose ball picked up with the crosse from the ground.
Groundball Machine \ n. \ A player that is especially good at getting ground balls all the time.
Gumball \ n. \ a shot that goes directly into the keeper's stick.
Gun \ n. \ a great shooter. 2: description of a great shooters shot (ie. "He's got a gun.").
Hack \ n. \ a player that tries to hurt people with checks or just checks randomly instead of pointedly.
Hang \ v. \ leaving the stick head exposed behind the body on a shot or the butt exposed behind the body when running with the ball.
Head \ n. \ the top portion of a lacrosse stick which houses the stringing or mesh and, with some skill, the ball. Most are plastic and screw onto a shaft made of a composite metal
Helicopter \ n. \ slang for a stick checked out of one's hands so that it flies into the air spinning like a helicopter rotor.
Help – Here is your Help \ v. \ slang that offensive player yells to a player with the ball indicating that he is open and ready to receive a pass.
High to low \ adj. \ a shot that is taken overhand but hits the net low.
Hole (the hole) \ n. \ area within 5 yards of a player's defensive crease. It is important in a transition situation from offense to defense that players get to "the hole", find their man coming toward the goal and pick him up.
Hospital Pass \ n. \ see Buddy Pass.
Hoover \ n. \ A player that is especially good at getting ground balls all the time. See groundball machine. Hug the Pipe \ v. \ a goalkeeper allows no space between his body and the goal post closest to the shooter.
Ice Pick \ n. \ a check where the defender goes over the head of the offensive player in an attempt to put the butt end into the ball carrier's pocket and cause them to drop the ball.
Inside Roll \ n. \ When sensing a defender's overplay on the GLE, the attackman plants his lead foot and rolls back and around the defender with his outside leg, leaving him in a one-on-one with the goalkeeper or an easy goal.
ISO (Isolation play) \ n. \ pronounced ice-oh \ offensive one-on-one play made possible by the drawing of defensive players away from an area for the ball carrier to do his or her thing.
Juke \ n. \ 1: slang for a pump fake close in to the goalkeeper that makes him move, opening the opportunity for a better shot. 2: slang for any running fake that moves a defender out of your path.
Lacrosse \ n. \ The sport of lacrosse is a combination of basketball, soccer and hockey. Anyone can play lacrosse — the big or the small. The game requires and rewards coordination and agility, not brawn. Quickness and speed are two highly prized qualities in lacrosse. An exhilarating sport, lacrosse is fast-paced and full of action. Long sprints up and down the field with abrupt starts and stops, precision passes and dodges are routine in men's and women's lacrosse. Lacrosse is played with a stick, the crosse, which must be mastered by the player to throw, catch and scoop the ball (from US Lacrosse).
Lacrosse Foundation \ org. \ changed name to US Lacrosse at the turn of the century. The governing body of the United States' mens' and womens' games since the 1970's. Also publisher of Lacrosse Magazine.
Lax \ n. \ slang for lacrosse.
Lay Pipe \ n. \ contemporary slang for the shaft and the impact of defensive checks. Laying Pipe on an Attackman.
Lazer \ n. \ a very hard shot which doesn't deviate in strenth or direction from stick to net.
Legal \ adj. \ refers to a stick that complies to the rules.
Line Drill \ n \ practice drill where two lines of players are formed about 30 yards from each other. A player from one line run to the other line passing the ball to a player from the other line who will end up passing to the next player and switching lines as well. This continues until the pass becomes a left hand pass and then a ground ball, etc..
Lift Check \ n. \ a check where the defender settles his stick under the arm or stick of the ball carrier and lifts until they lose control or have to adjust allowing another check.
Longpole \ n. \ slang for a defenseman.
Long Stick Middie (LSM) \ n. \ slang for a midfielder playing with a defenseman’s pole or a defenseman playing as a midfielder. Typically seen on face-offs and Man-Down situations.
Low to high \ adj. \ a shot that is taken underhand but hits the top of the net.
Mesh \ n. \ a pre manufactured piece of nylon meshing that is commonly used to string lacrosse sticks.
Midfield \ n. \ the line bisecting the field, separating the teams' offensive and defensive ends. 2: a player position that covers the whole field. Each team has three on the field and they start the game and face offs at the midfield line. players called Midfielders and Middies.
Midfield Line \ n. \ the line bisecting the field, separating the teams' offensive and defensive ends. 2: a group of three midfielders that play together in games. Usually a team will have a few lines of midfielders which are rotated. Also called Middie Line.
Mini- Break \ n. \ a fast break that evolves in a game, usually from an unsettled situation like a steal, that results in an uneven player advantage in the direction of the goal. The remaining defenders will be split by the right passes and one of the ball-possessing majority will get a very good shot if the mini- break is executed properly.
Mini- Mesh \ n. \ stick meshing with a more narrow weave of smaller diamonds.
Monster Mesh \ n. \ stick meshing with a wider weave of larger diamonds.
Moving Pick \ n. \ an offensive player actively interferes with a defensivese player's advancement while pursuing the ball carrier. A stationary pick is allowed but even a lean toward the player to be screened or picked is illegal. A pick must be firm. becomes a left hand pass and then a ground ball, etc.
Offside (Offsides) \ n. \ rule that requires 3 players for each team are always on the offensive side of the midline and that each has 4 players on their defensive end. 2: the penalty which ensues when less than the required players are on either side of the field. 3: \adj. \ when a penalty is called against a player he is Offside.
On the Fly \ adv. \ making substitutions during play.
On the hop \ adv. \ Common lacrosse term used to signify that players are to move into huddles and drills with at least a brisk jog; no walking! Sometimes used in the pejorative with a disrespectful comment about Baseball or Softball.
One More \ n. \ When calling for a player with the ball to pass – the offensive player will yell one more as in one more pass it indicates that the player without the ball is open and ready to receive the pass.
Outside Roll \ n. \ When sensing a defender's underplay on the GLE, the attackman steps past the GLE, plants his inside foot and rolls back outside the defender, shooting at a narrow target, but hopefully one on one with the goalkeeper if executed.
Over The Head Check \ n. \ a check where the defender, from behind the ball carrier, with both hands holding the bottom of the shaft, fully extended their arms upward turning the stick head downward and sweeps across the front of the ball carrier's body hitting the stick.
Pick \ n. \ a player stands in a stationery position in the path of a teammate driving with the ball allowing the ball carrier to get loose as he runs by very closely scraping his defender off on the set player's body.
Play On \ n. \ a loose ball penalty that is noticed by the referee but, if called immediately, would stop the advancement of the team that was fouled. A flag is thrown and the referee shouts "Play on" and continuation is allowed. At the next loose ball, turnover or score the whistle is blown and the penalty is assessed. If a goal were scored, it would count and the face off would ensue with the penalty in force. Plunger \ n. \ a Face-off move where you half clamp the ball (45 degrees) then keeping right hand on ground raise left hand and butt end of stick.
Poke Check \ n. \ a check where the defender literally pokes at the stick or arm of the ball carrier in order to dislodge the ball.
Point (the Point) \ n. \ the forward attack position on a fast break. This player splits his man with the man on the break who has the ball. He shouts "Point" or "I've got Point" and moves toward to restraining line and the ball to split men and is usually the first attackman to touch the ball on the break and usually has a great pass open to them on the crease as they receive the ball from the breaking man. 2:\n\the forward defense position. This player will usually self-identify by stating he has point or he has ball.
Quickstick \ v. \ catching the ball from a pass while in the shooting or passing motion or the moment before the forward thrust of the shot or pass.
Rack \ n.\ slang for the goal.
Rake \ v. \ using the backside of the stick to pull the ball back, then positioning the head in front of the ball as it rolls in. Not a good fundamental skill to develop but OK for old coaches with bad backs. Restraining Box \ n. \ area in offensive end of the field marked by one solid like and two hashed lines. Offensive players can only allow the ball outside of the box for ten seconds (referee's count), and defensive players have ten seconds to clear the ball or get called with failure to advance, and once out the clearing team cannot bring the ball back in the box or receive the in and out infraction. Also used to "restrain" attack and defensive players during face offs until possession is whistled.
Ride \ n. \ a play that is designed to stop the defensive unit of the team with the ball from "Clearing the ball" or moving it up field to their offensive end. 2: \ v. \ covering a defensive player in the attempt to prevent advancement to the offensive end.
Ringo \ n. \ slang for a pass (rolled on the ground) from a defensemen to a goalie.
Rip (Take a rip) \ n. \ slang for a shot attempt on the goal.
Roll Dodge \ n. \ a dodge around a defensive player where the ball carrier plants a foot in front of the defender and rolls to the outside without changing speed or losing the ball until he is beyond the defender and on his way.
Rope \ n. \ a very hard shot which doesn't deviate in strength or direction from stick to net. See Lazer or Frozen Rope.
Run Out \ n. \ the sprint for the endline after a missed shot. The closest to the ball when it goes out of bounds on a shot gets the ball.
6 x 6 (Six by six) \ n. \ slang for the field lacrosse goal which is 6 feet by 6 feet at the goal face by regulation.
Save \ n. \ official name for when a goalkeeper stops a shot on goal
Scoop \ n. \ the top part of the lacrosse head used to "scoop" up the ball. 2: \ v. \ bending the knees and lowering the stick to the ground to pick up the ball in one fluid forward running motion.
Screen \ n. \ a player stands in a stationery position in the path of a teammate driving with the ball allowing the ball carrier to get loose as he runs by very closely scraping his defender off on the set player's body. 2: a player stands in the face of the goal blocking the goalkeeper's view of the incoming shot. 3: \ v. \ the act of setting a pick or screen. See also Pick.
Shaft \ n. \ the pole or handle part of a lacrosse stick. The plastic head fits over the end of the shaft and a screw holds it in place. An end cap or tape usually covers the butt end of the shaft.
Shorthanded \ n. \ slang for being man down due to penalties.
Shot \ n. \ a ball thrown with the cross at the goal with the intent of scoring.
Shoot \ v. \ throwing the ball at the goal in an attempt to score.
Shooter \ n. \ slang for a shooting string. 2: \ term \ a defensive call for the person likely to shoot the ball. Yelled when that person takes possession.
Side-arm \ adj. \ Shooting the ball from an angle at the side of the body, as opposed to the traditional over-hand shot.
Sideline \ n. \ the lines bordering the field longer dimensions. The area beyond this line is out of bounds.
Sidewall \ n. \ the string that runs down the sides of the stick head holding the mesh or strung pocket to the head. An important adjustable string for pocket configuration. 2: either side of a lacrosse stick head. Slap Check \ n. \ a check where a player uses the head of his stick to slap an opposing player in the arm, hand, or stick to dislodge the ball.
Slow Whistle \ n. \ a penalty with possession is noticed by the referee but, if called immediately, would stop the advancement of the ball carrier who was fouled. A flag is thrown and the continuation is allowed. At the next loose ball, turnover or score the whistle is blown and the penalty is assessed. If a goal were scored, it would count and the face off would ensue with the penalized team down a man.
Specialization \ n. \ trend beginning in the 1990's, using substitution rules to change players for very specific tasks like face offs, man down situations, etc. Brought about primarily by a rule allowing free substitutions "on the fly" and the ensuing "transition game".
Split Dodge \ n. \ a move similar to a crossover in basketball. While running one direction, a player with the ball quickly steps in the opposite direction and changes hands leaving the defender going the other way.
Squib \ v. \ to kick the ball or knock the ball away from a huge pile of people to one of your teammates (CNY).
Stack \ v. \ to amass two or more offensive player on the crease for the purposes of screening, picking or cutting in an offensive play. 2: \ n. \ the group of offensive player on the crease.
Stay (Stay Back) \ v. \ to avoid an offside penalty call when a defensive player is running down field with the ball and the chance of a fast break exists. A midfielder will "stay" or "Stay back" yelling "I'm Staying" and ball carrier knows he can cross the mid line safely.
Stick Check \ n. \ a defensive check that hits the ball carriers stick in an attempt to dislodge the ball. 2: \ n. \ a referee examines a stick from each team to check for legality, usually at halftime. 3: \ n. \ a coach calls for am opposing player stick to be checked for legality. If the stick is illegal, a penalty is called. If the stick turns out to be legal after all a time out is charged to the team that requested the stick check.
Stick Doctor \ n. \ a person known for his stringing abilities. Usually there is at least one Stick Doctor per team. Some are well known throughout the lacrosse community, like E-Lacrosse's Van O'Banion and Mark Krastel.
Stick Save \ n. \ a save made by the goalkeeper with the stick.
Strip \ v. \ to check a ball from a players stick or a players stick from his hands.
Stopper \ n. \ the small piece of foam or rubber that is used at the base of the stick head to soften the surface and lessen the bounce off the plastic. also called a Stop or Ball Stop.
Stuff \ v. \ a close range stick to stick save by a goalkeeper.
Takeaway \ n. \ a defenseman takes the ball from a driving ball carrier.
Tewaarathon Award \ n. \ National college player of the Year awards for men and women. Ceremony is held in Washington, DC.
Throat \ n. \ the part of the stick head that meets the shaft.
Thumbing (Thumbing the ball) \ v. \ Holding the ball in the stick with the thumb. If caught this will result in a withholding call.
Traditional \ adj. \ pocket style with 4 leather strips running top to bottom and nylon cords woven between each.
Transition \ n. \ when a team goes from offense to defense or from defense to offense.
Transition Game \ n. \ concept of substitution on the change of possession to get a team's best offensive or defensive players on the field for that purpose. Popularly adapted in college lacrosse in the 1990's along with the idea of specialization.
Topside \ n. \ the position a defender takes with the stick and body extended in order to force a ball carrier to go another direction, preferably away from the goal.
Turf Monster \ n. \ the intangible, unseen force that grabs a players foot sending them sprawling to the ground when no other player was anywhere near them, usually when they are driving toward an offensive opportunity, with the ball and the full attention of the crowd.
Unsettled Situation \ n. \ usually deriving from an opponents mistake or a steal, the ball is in the offenses hands without a set defense. The goal in an unsettled situation is to find the open mad in front of the goal. See Fast Break or Mini- Break.
US Lacrosse \ org. \ the governing body of the United States' mens' and womens' games.
USLIA \ org. \ the United States Lacrosse Intercollegiate Associates - the largest collegiate club league for mens' and womens' lacrosse.
V-Cut \ n. \ Running in at one angle, then immediate breaking back into another direction to receive the pass. The Path resembles the letter V.
V-Pocket \ n. \ any pocket that has at least one shooting string strung in an upside-down V. Sometimes called the Casey Powell Pocket.
Walk the Dog \ v. \ when a player runs down the field carrying the ball in their stick way out in front of them in one hand with their arm extended, and holding the bottom of the shaft. This keeps the ball in the head of the stick without needing to cradle or worry about what's behind you, sorta. Also known as Carrying the Pizza.
Walk Off Winner \ n. \ a shot that ends a game, usually with little fanfare and lots of attitude.
Walk Through \ n. \ a light practice with no contact, mostly to go over plays.
Walking Turnover \ n. \ a new player who seems to turn the ball over every time they touch the ball.
Wall Ball \ n. \ a very popular practice method involving throwing against a wall to one's self with both hands. Also called Wall Drills.
Wand \ n. \ slang for stick
Ward \ n. \ penalty called on a ball carrier while holding the stick with one hand, using or moving the other hand or arm to move, block or interfere with a defenders stick. A stationary arm in place can be held in position and block anything in it's path but the moment it changes it's position relative to the body while in contact with the opponent a Ward will be called.
Wheels \ exclam. \ motivational yell to a player running down field with the ball that, loosely translated, means "you're running fast. Good Job. Run faster".
Whip \ n. \ part of the mens pocket, usually just under the shooting strings where the ball nestles in the pocket. See also lip or hook. 2: the amount of downward direction in the balls path coming out of the stick on an overhad shot as a result of contact with the shooting strings. 3: the amount of loose mesh or stringing below the shooting strings causing a downward thrust of the ball on overhand shots.
Withholding \ n. \ a penalty called for keeping the ball from play. 2: \ v. \ to keep the ball from play by laying on it, covering it with any part of your body or even the stick if no itent to pick the ball up is shown. Holding the ball in the stick against your body or with your thumb is a withholding call, as well. Wormburner \ n. \ a shot that starts low and ends low, sneaking under the keeper's stick as he anticipates a bounce that never happens.
Worked \ adj. \ getting beaten by good footwork or speed. 2: to be beaten buy your man abundantly in a game.
Wrap Around Shot \ n. \ A shot screened from the goalkeeper by the defender by shooting literally around the close defender. See Video Clip.
Wrap Check \ n. \ check in which the defender holds his crosse in one hand and “wraps” his stick around the opponent in an attempt to hit the opponent’s crosse and dislodge the ball.
X (get it to X) \ n. \ place directly behind the center of the goal, midway between the end line and back of the goal crease where Attackmen will start plays.