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MILL \ n. \ acronym for Major Indoor Lacrosse League, the indoor professional league that existed in the late 20th century. The league suffered a devastating player strike, division and were forced to merge with the brand new NLL or National Lacrosse League just after the turn of the century. 

MLL \ n. \ acronym for Major League Lacrosse, the outdoor professional league in the US. Started at the turn of the century by television exercise guru Jake Steinfeld, Warrior CEO Dave Morrow and investors in the first league cities who became the first team owners. 

Man ("Man") \ n. \ any opposing player to be covered (ie. my man, your man). 2: \ term \ used by a player to another player to let him know that he will keep the opponent away from the ball until his counterpart has possession. The teammate shouts "Ball" and takes up the ground ball and shouts "Release" to let the other know to stop taking the "man". 

Man Ball ("Man- Ball Situation") \ n. \ when two teammates approach a ground ball along with one opponent the one closest to the opponent will yell "Man" and engage the opponent head on to keep them away while the other yells "Ball and gets the ball. The rules say that a player on a team with the ball cannot hit someone so after gaining possession the ball carrier immediately yells "Release" turning off the aggression by the teammate and they both go on offense with the ball. 

Man D \ n. \ see Man to Man. 

Man Down D (Man Down Defense) \ n. \ a unit that practices and has speific plans for defending the goal with one or more players out of the game with penalties. 

Man on Man \ n. \ see Man to Man. 

Man to Man (Man to Man Defense) \ n. \ a defensive scheme where the defending players stick to a specific man rather than an area of the field. Also called Man on Man or Man D. 

Man Up (Man Up Offense) \ n. \ slang 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. 

Mary Gait \ n. \ slang for a flashy player that screws up while showboating 

Mesh \ n. \ a pre manufactured piece of nylon meshing that is commonly used to string lacrosse sticks. See Picture 24. 

Midfield \ n. \ the line bisecting the field, separating the teams' offensive and defensive ends. 2: a player position that covers the whole field. Each team has three on the field and they start the game and face offs at the midfield line. players called Midfielders and Middies. 

Midfielder \ n. \ a player position that covers the whole field. Each team has three on the field and they start the game and face offs at the midfield line. Also called a Middie. 

Midfield Line \ n. \ the line bisecting the field, separating the teams' offensive and defensive ends. 2: a group of three midfielders that play together in games. Usually a team will have a few lines of midfielders which are rotated. Also called Middie Line. 

Middie \ n. \ slang for a Midfielder. 

"Middie Back" \ n. \ Call made by a coach, attackman or defenseman to remind a middie to stay in the defensive half to avoid an offside penalty call when another long stick defensive player is clearing the ball and the chance of a fast break exists. A midfielder should stay behind the mid-line yelling "I'm Staying!" or "I'm back!" and raising his stick to be seen by the officials and letting the ball carrier know he can cross the mid line safely. 

Middie Line \ n. \ See Midfield Line (def. 2). 

Mid- line \ n. \ the line bisecting the field, separating the teams' offensive and defensive ends. See Midfield Line. 

Mini- Break \ n. \ a fast break that evolves in a game, usually from an unsettled situation like a steal, that results in an uneven player advantage in the direction of the goal. The remaining defenders will be split by the right passes and one of the ball-possessing majority will get a very good shot if the mini- break is executed properly. 

Mini- Mesh \ n. \ stick meshing with a more narrow weave of smaller diamonds. 

Mini- Stick \ n. \ a stick that is made at about 1/2 to 1/3 scale for very young children and all ages to fool around with. They are not allowed in even youth leagues. 

Mod Lacrosse \ n. \ Popular methodology for teaching lacrosse to female youth players in the US, integrating defensive checking into play as the athletes mature. The term "mod" refers to "modified checking". Checking in mod lacrosse is limited to that which strikes a stick that is below shoulder level, using a downward motion away from the other player's body. The method, instituted by US Lacrosse's Rules Committee in the early 21st century, allows for escalated stages of checking from youth play through 8th grade. The theory holds that the use of modified checking "will allow the older youth player to learn proper checking skills, while at the same time encouraging good cradling and stick handling skills". 

Monster Mesh \ n. \ stick meshing with a wider weave of larger diamonds. 

Moving Pick \ n. \ an offensive player actively interferes with a defensivese player's advancement while pursuing the ball carrier. A stationary pick is allowed but even a lean toward the player to be screened or picked is illegal. A pick must be firm. 

Murder Pass \ n. \ see Buddy Pass. 

Mustard \n.\ used to describe the velocity of a shot or pass that needs to harder. “Hey! Put little more mustard on the ball!” 


NCLL \ org. \ the National College Lacrosse League features over 80 college club teams in 10 states. 

NLL \ n. \ acronym for National Lacrosse League, the indoor professional league in the US and Canada. The league merged with the ailing MILL after a bitter strike in the late 20th century. Expansion just after the turn of the century with moves to non-traditional lacrosse hotbeds like Denver and Phoenix rivaled the crowds in league strongholds, Philadelphia and Toronto and the league became truly National. 

Naked \ adj. \ when a player is very open for a pass or uncovered by a defender. See Wide Open.

No angle (No Angle Shot) \ n. \ a very low percentage shot from behind the GLE.    

No Threat Line \n.\ an imaginary line across the face of the goal extended to the sideline. A reference for defenders to know that a player is behind the goal and is not a shooting threat. In some defensive packages an offensive player behind the goal will not be considered a threat and not truly defended with or without the ball (most likely a zone). 

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

Number 2 \ n. \ a player's backup, B stick or extra 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. 

Number Up \ v. \ Goalie command alerting defensemen to pick up a man. Often followed by defensemen calling the numbers of the man each is taking. 

Nut \ n. \ slang for a ball. 


OLA \ org. \ the Ontario Lacrosse Association (Canada). 

One Hander \ n. \ a goal score with only one hand on the stick.    

1 hole (one hole) \ n. \ a shot that gets to the goal taking a path past the goalies lower right side . See 5-hole and Picture 31.

Offside (Offsides) \ n. \ rule that requires 3 players for each team are always on the offensive side of the midline and that each has 4 players on their defensive end. 2: the penalty which ensues when less than the required players are on either side of the field. 3: \adj. \ when a penalty is called against a player he is Offside. 

On the Fly \ adv. \ making substitutions while the play is still on. Before this rule change in the 1980's teams would have to wait for a stop in play before making a player change and a horn would be blown to signify the change.

On the hop \ adv. \ Common lacrosse term used to signify that players are to move into huddles and drills with at least a brisk jog; no walking! 

Outside Roll \ n. \ When sensing a defender's underplay on the GLE, the attackman steps past the GLE, plants his inside foot and rolls back outside the defender, shooting at a narrow target, but hopefully one on one with the goalkeeper if executed properly like John Tavares in the video clip.   

Over The Head Check \ n. \ a check where the defender, from behind the ball carrier, with both hands holding the bottom of the shaft, fully extended their arms upward turning the stick head downward and sweeps across the front of the ball carrier's body hitting the stick.