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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. See Picture 6.

Game Stick \ n. \ a player's best stick. Also called a Primary or Number 1. 

Garbage \ n. \ see Garbage Goal.

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.   

Gilman (Gilman the ball) \ v. \ clearing the ball from the defensive end with a long random pass into the offensive end. See Gilman Clear. 

Gilman Clear \ n. \ the goalie heaves the ball randomly into the offensive end from the crease area of the defensive end. 

Glass \ n. \ the plexiglass that sits on top of the boards in professional box arenas completely surrounding the playing surface.

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.

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. 

Great Lakes Stick \ n. \ a rounded wooden head about 4 or 5 inches in diameter on a thin handle from 3 to 4 feet long. See Picture 17. 

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. See Hoover.

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. 

Half-field \ n. \ Also called sixes or 6 on 6. A regular staple at lacrosse practice, especially when working settled offense & defense. 

Hall of Fame \ org. \ the US National Hall of Fame 

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 but sometimes wood (old style). See Picture 6.

Head on a Swivel \ n. \ a defensive term for keeping aware of everything around you. Peripheral vision is important for a sliding defender in order to cover all potential cutters or passes and see the whole field.

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 \exclam.\ Used to alert a teammate that you are open and able to receive a pass, “Here’s your Help!” 

High to low \ adj. \ a shot that is taken overhand but hits the net low.    

Hold \exclam.\ Term yelled by the goalie to alert a defensive player that the player with the ball he is covering, has gained GLE and threatens to go above it to take a shot.

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. 

Hook \ n. \ part of the mens pocket, usually just under the shooting strings where the ball nestles in the pocket. See also whip or lip.

Hoover \ n. \ A player that is especially good at getting ground balls all the time. See groundball machine.

Hop (The Hop) \ abbrev. \ for Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. 

Hot (Who's hot, I'm hot, you're hot) \ adj. \ slang for defenseman responsible for the first slide. Used by defenses to communicate. 

Hotbed \ n. \ slang for the college lacrosse and recruiting industry for an area of the country from which great lacrosse players hail. Before 1990 there were only two hotbeds in the US: Baltimore and Long Island. Upstate New York emerged in the 1990's and after the turn of the century small areas of excellence existed all over the country. The "Hotbed Era" was ending. 

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. 

IFWLA \ org. \ the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations was formed in 1972 to promote and develop the game of women’s lacrosse throughout the world. 

Indian Pick-up \ 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. The name comes from watching early Iroquois versions or the Huron, Cherokee and Choctaw versions of the game where this is the only way to pick up the ball because the sticks have no scoops. Also called the Baltimore Crab in the preppier circle, it's called cupping by many Native Americans. 

Indoor Lacrosse \ n. \ the indoor version of the game played predominantly in Canada. A much more physical game which is encased with walls that can be used to check a ball carrier into. Cross Checks are legal. Also called Box Lacrosse. 

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. 

Intercrosse \ n. \ a european version of soft lacrosse. 

Iroquois Stick \ n. \ a one piece wooden curved crossier style stick the size of a modern day stick. In fact they are still played with today.
See Picture 19. 

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.

IWLCA \ org. \ the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.