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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. 

D-pole \ n. \ slang for defense crosse. : . 

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". 

Defender \ n. \ a player at the defense position. See Defense. 

Defenseman \ n. \ a player at the defense position. See Defense. 

De- stick \ v. \ to check a player resulting in his or her losing possession of the ball and their stick. 

Deuce \ n. \ slang for a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) two-point goal.  

Dehuntshigwa'es \ n. \ Iroquois (or, more specifically, Onondaga) word for lacrosse. Often translated as "they bump hips", but at least one source indicates the correct translation is "they hit a round object" or "they hit a ball". 

Dinger \ n. \ a hard shot that scores, usually hitting a high 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 an almost empty net. 

Dive (The Dive) \ n. \ A move made illegal in college and high school lacrosse in the 1990's. The player could, before the ruling, dive into the crease while shooting and as long as the ball crossed the face of the goal before the shooter touched the ground, goal or keeper. Goalie safety was the reason cited. The issue came to be discussed largely based on the playing style of University of Virginia attackman 
Doug Knight. See picture 3.     


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. 

D.O.F. \ n. \ Accronym for the statistical reporting of how many "Dogs On Field" for a particular lacrosse game. This lacrosse-only statistic was kept by some Baltimore referees for years and was printed unwittingly in the Baltimore newspapers with the rest of the called-in high school and college game stats for years. 

Dye \ v. \ changing the color of the empty stick head or string usually using a dye wash with Rit brand dye. See Picture 20.

Dye Job \ n. \ A stick head which has had the color changed by dying. See Dye.


Egg \ n. \ a soft shot. 

Egg Hunt \ n. \ slang for the search for balls after a practice. 

E-Lacrosse \ n. \ online store, free web resource and e-zine devoted to the whole game of lacrosse! The publisher of The Official Lacrosse Dictionary. 

E-Laxerata \ n. \ sportsmanship poem adapted for lacrosse from Max Ehrman's Disiderata. 

Elevator \ n. \ a low to high shot. 

EMO \ n. \ Accronym for Extra Man Offense. Offensive scheme geared toward taking advantage of man-up situations after penalties on opposing players. 2: the group of players assigned to play in extra man situations. 

End Cap \ n. \ a plastic cap that covers the butt end of the shaft. 

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. Immortalized in a song at Goucher College during the warm up lap, "Extra Sticks, Extra Sticks, You throw them on the sideline because their Extra Sticks!" 2: \ adj. \ slang for Man Up.


4 hole (four hole) \ n. \ a shot that gets to the goal taking a path past the goalies upper left side . See Picture 31.

5 hole (five hole) \ n. \ a shot that gets to the goal taking a path between the legs of the goalkeeper. See Picture 31.   

5 x 5 (Five by five) \ n. \ the perfect area to shoot the ball on a lacrosse field - the 5 meter by 5 meter imaginary box that begins with the goal line (UK).

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 quarter and to resume play after a goal is scored the ball is placed at the center of the field. Two players are set equally with
 their stick heads facing each other and touching the ground with the ball in between. When the whistle is blown, the two move to control the ball and play begins. 

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 easy
 path 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. See Picture 11.

Final Four \ n \ term used for the NCAA setting for the lacrosse national semi-finals and championship games in men's and women's lacrosse held every year on Memorial Day (men). The term is actually trademarked by the NCAA commercially as the NCAA Final Four in Basketball is one of the biggest events in all of sports. The NCAA Men's lacrosse Final Four is the second most attended college championship event. The 2005 and 2006 Lacrosse Final Four men's events will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Finalizer \ n. \ a move popularized just after the turn of the century by lacrosse great Ryan Powell.
The attacker uses very quick turns and short sprints behind the cage to fool the defender into becoming entangled in the goal and net just inside the rear of the crease.

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. See Picture 12.

Floor \ n. \ playing surface for outdoor lacrosse. See Picture 13.

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. Fool's Goal \ n. \ A shot on goal that hits the back of the net. Also called a mommy goal because all the mothers in the crowd cheer thinking that the ball went into the cage. 

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. See Picture 10. 

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 strenth 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.