The sport has four versions that have different sticks, fields, rules, and equipment: field lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, box lacrosse and intercrosse. The men’s games, field lacrosse (outdoor) and box lacrosse (indoor), are contact sports and all players wear protective gear: helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, and elbow pads. The women’s game is played outdoors and does not allow body contact but does allow the stick to stick contact. The only protective gear required for women players is eyewear, while goalies wear helmets and protective pads. Intercross is a mixed-gender non-contact sport played indoors that uses an all-plastic stick and a softer ball.
The sport is governed by World Lacrosse.
Paul Rabil is an American professional lacrosse player with the Atlas Lacrosse Club of the Premier Lacrosse League, which he co-founded. He formerly played for the Boston Cannons and the New York Lizards of Major League Lacrosse.
Gary Charles Gait is a Canadian retired professional lacrosse player and currently the head coach of the women’s lacrosse team at Syracuse University, where he played the sport collegiately. On January 24, 2017, he was named the Interim Commissioner of the United Women’s Lacrosse League.
Michael Powell is a former American professional lacrosse player who was a four-time First Team All-American at Syracuse University, played professional lacrosse for the Baltimore Bayhawks and Boston.
Paul Gait is widely regarded as one of the best lacrosse players of all time and is the current Vice President of the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League.
Lyle Thompson is an American professional lacrosse player for the Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse and the Georgia Swarm of the National Lacrosse League. He holds the record for the most career points in Division I with 400 and the most career assists with 225.
Kyle Harrison is an American professional lacrosse player on the Redwoods Lacrosse Club of the Premier Lacrosse League. Harrison played in college at Johns Hopkins University, where his team reached the 2005 NCAA Division I National Championship.
John Grant Jr.
John Christopher Grant Jr. is a professional lacrosse player who has played in Major League Lacrosse, the National Lacrosse League, and the Ontario Lacrosse Association. He currently serves a player-coach for the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse.
Ryan Powell is a four-time All-American lacrosse player at Syracuse University and was on the US national team roster in 2006 and 2010.
Rob Pannell is an American professional lacrosse player who plays for the New York Lizards and formerly for Cornell University. He is the fourth leading scorer in men’s Division I history and holds the Cornell and Ivy League all-time scoring records.
Mark Millon is an American lacrosse player who last played for the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse. He attended Harborfields Highschool in Huntington, Long Island. He played collegiate lacrosse at the University of Massachusetts. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest lacrosse players of all time.
Dave Pietramala is the current Head Coach for the Johns Hopkins University Men’s Lacrosse team. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest defensemen in lacrosse history and is a member of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame.