Women’s lacrosse is played with a team of 12 players, including the goalkeeper during usual play. The ball used is typically yellow, unless both teams agree to use a different colored ball. The duration of the game is 60 minutes, with two halves
12 lacrosse players take the field for a game: 3 attack-men, 3 midfielders, 3 defenders, and 1 goalie. They each have different functions:
Attack-men: usually stay in the opponent’s half and are responsible for creating fast breaks, moving the ball around in the opponent’s half, and scoring goals
Midfielders: move the length of the field, help with attacking and defending, and are responsible for the faceoff
Defenders: usually stay in their half and keep the opponent’s players from attacking. Defenders usually, but not always, have longer sticks than other players
Goalie: defends his or hers team’s goal, trying to keep the other team from scoring. Has a bigger-than-normal head on his stick for defending his goal.