History

History of Women's Lacrosse

Originally played by the Native Americans and often referred to as “the fastest game on two feet”; Women's Lacrosse is a team sport that takes speed, agility, strength and quick thinking. Each team consists of 12 players, 11 field players and one goalie. The field players are broken up into 3 low attack, 5 midfield, and 3 low defense. The modern women's game was introduced in 1890 at the St Leonard's School in Scotland and the first United States lacrosse team was started at Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Maryland.

At the collegiate level, lacrosse is represented by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. In the United States an NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship is held in May. Women’s lacrosse is also played at the international level with a World Cup once every four years. There is no professional league for women at this time, but there are numerous adult leagues that many post-collegiate players participate in.