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6 x 6 (Six by six) \ n. \ slang for the field lacrosse goal which is 6 feet by 6 feet at the goal face by regulation. Popularized in the many television broadcasting appearances by lacrosse commentator and show host Lief Elsmo from the 1980's through the turn of the century. 

Sack \ n. \ slang for a pocket, usually a very deep one. 

Save \ n. \ official name for when a goalkeeper stops a shot on goal. 2: \ v. \ to stop a shot on goal.   

Scoop \ n. \ the top part of the lacrosse head used to "scoop" up the ball. 2: \ v. \ bending the knees and lowering the stick to the ground to pick up the ball in one fluid forward running motion. 

Screen \ n. \ a player stands in a stationery position in the path of a teammate driving with the ball allowing the ball carrier to get loose as he runs by very closely scraping his defender off on the set player's body. 2: a player stands in the face of the goal blocking the goalkeeper's view of the incoming shot.
3: \ v. \ the act of setting a pick or screen. See also Pick. 

Seal the Corner \ n. \ to get in the way of an offensive teammate by not clearing through as he moves from X to the GLE. By failing to clear out of his way you seal the corner and allow an easy double team. 

Shaft \ n. \ the pole or handle part of a lacrosse stick. The plastic head fits over the end of the shaft and a screw holds it in place. An end cap or tape usually covers the butt end of the shaft.

Shorthanded \ n. \ slang for being man down due to penalties. 

Shot \ n. \ a ball thrown with the cross at the goal with the intent of scoring.

Shoot \ v. \ throwing the ball at the goal in an attempt to score.

Shooter \ n. \ slang for a shooting string. 2: \ term \ a defensive call for the person likely to shoot the ball. Yelled when that person takes possession. 

Side-arm \ adj. \ Shooting the ball from an angle at the side of the body, as opposed to the traditional over-hand shot.   

Sideline \ n. \ the lines bordering the field longer dimensions. The area beyond this line is out of bounds. 

Sidewall \ n. \ the string that runs down the sides of the stick head holding the mesh or strung pocket to the head. An important adjustable string for pocket configuration. 2: either side of a lacrosse stick head. 

Skip Pass \ n. \ a pass that is targeted downward and bounces before redirecting t the intended player.     

Slap Check \ n. \ a check where a player uses the head of his stick to slap an opposing player in the arm, hand, or stick to dislodge the ball. 

Slow Whistle \ n. \ a penalty with possession is noticed by the referee but, if called immediately, would stop the advancement of the ball carrier who was fouled. A flag is thrown and the continuation is allowed. At the next loose ball, turnover or score the whistle is blown and the penalty is assessed. If a goal were scored, it would count and the face off would ensue with the penalized team down a man.000000000000 

Soak (Soak up) \ v. \ knocking down the shot with one's body intentionally. See Step In. CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS.

Soft Lacrosse \ n. \ a version of lacrosse that can be played cheaply indoors in a gym class setting. Uses soft rubber-like balls and stick heads. See Intercrosse. 

Southeastern Stick \ n. \ an oval wooden head about 4 or 5 inches long on a thin handle from about 3 feet long. See Picture 18. 

Specialization \ n. \ trend beginning in the 1990's, using substitution rules to change players for very specific tasks like face offs, man down situations, etc. Brought about primarily by a rule allowing free substitutions "on the fly" and the ensuing "transition game". 

Split Dodge \ n. \ a move similar to a crossover in basketball. While running one direction, a player with the ball quickly steps in the opposite direction and changes hands leaving the defender going the other way.   

Squib \ v. \ to kick the ball or knock the ball away from a huge pile of people to one of your teammates (CNY).

Stack \ v. \ to amass two or more offensive player on the crease for the purposes of screening, picking or cutting in an offensive play. 2: \ n. \ the group of offensive player on the crease. 

Stall \ v. \ to hold the ball, running around and passing from teammate to teammate in order to kill time and not to score. 

Star Pass \ n. \ see Buddy Pass. 

Stay (Stay Back) \ v. \ to avoid an offside penalty call when a defensive player is running down field with the ball and the chance of a fast break exists. A midfielder will "stay" or "Stay back" yelling "I'm Staying" and ball carrier knows he can cross the mid line safely. 

Step In \ v. \ knocking down the shot with one's body intentionally. See InSoak. CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS.

Stick \ n. \ a lacrosse stick. Usually refers to the head and shaft combined.

Stick \ v. \ slang for check or hit on an offensive player.

Stick Bending \ v. \ the craft of bending and carving wood into lacrosse sticks as was done for hundreds of years and to this day by some Native American craftsmen. See Picture 15. 2: banging a shaft against a goal post or something hard over and over to give the shaft a slight backward bend. This will lessen the strength in any shaft but is a popular box lacrosse customization.

Stick Check \ n. \ a defensive check that hits the ball carriers stick in an attempt to dislodge the ball.    
 2: \ n. \ a referee examines a stick from each team to check for legality, usually at halftime.     3: \ n. \ a coach calls for am opposing player stick to be checked for legality. If the stick is illegal, a penalty is called. If the stick turns out to be legal after all a time out is charged to the team that requested the stick check. 

Stick Doctor \ n. \ a person known for his stringing abilities. Usually there is at least one Stick Doctor per team. Some are well known throughout the lacrosse community, like E-Lacrosse's Van O'Banion and Mark Krastel. 

Stick Head \ n. \ a lacrosse junkie. 2: \ n. \ the top of a lacrosse stick. See Head.

Stick Making \ n. \ the craft of bending and carving wood into lacrosse sticks as was done for hundreds of years and to this day by some Native American craftsmen. See Picture 15.

Stick Save \ n. \ a save made by the goalkeeper with the stick.

Stick Wizard \ n. \ a player who isn't necessarily the best athlete but has amazing stick skills and uses them to his advantage while playing.

Strip \ v. \ to check a ball from a players stick or a players stick from his hands. 

Stop \ n. \ the small piece of foam or rubber that is used at the base of the stick head to soften the surface and lessen the bounce off the plastic. also called a Ball Stop or Stopper. 2: \ n. \ slang for a save. 3: \ v. \ slang for save. 

Stopper \ n. \ the small piece of foam or rubber that is used at the base of the stick head to soften the surface and lessen the bounce off the plastic. also called a Stop or Ball Stop. 

Stuff \ v. \ a close range stick to stick save by a goalkeeper.    

Submarine \ n. \ Underhand shot. 

Swag \ n. \ any item or gear that a player gets free while playing for a team. 


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

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

22 (twenty-two) \ n. \ the number worn by lacrosse legend Gary Gait at Syracuse University (his twin brother Paul wore 19) in the 1980's. The number has be made even more hallowed by the awarding of it to the "heir apparent" at Syracuse and the achievements of those players through the turn of the century,
 including all three of the Powell brothers, Casey, Ryan and Mike.    

Tadpole \ n. \ slang for a youth defender who is dwarfed by his long defense stick (NC).

Takeaway \ n. \ a defenseman takes the ball from a driving ball carrier.    

Tewaarathon \ n. \ Akwesasne or Mohawk name for the game of lacrosse.

Tewaarathon Award \ n. \ National college player of the Year awards for men and women. Ceremony is held in Washington, DC.

Throat \ n. \ the part of the stick head that meets the shaft. 

Thumbing (Thumbing the ball) \ v. \ Holding the ball in the stick with the thumb. If caught this will result in a withholding call. 

Time & Space \ negative term \ perhaps coined by turn of the century legendary Princeton coach Bill Teirney, referring to the act of hanging the stick back to wind up on a shot and the need to do so with certain head or pocket styles. A time & space shot, he insisted, was not often available at the top levels of the game.    

Traditional \ adj. \ pocket style with 4 leather strips running top to bottom and nylon cords woven between each. See Picture 25.

Transition \ n. \ when a team goes from offense to defense or from defense to offense. 

Transition Game \ n. \ concept of substitution on the change of possession to get a team's best offensive or defensive players on the field for that purpose. Popularly adapted in college lacrosse in the 1990's along with the idea of specialization. 

Triple Digits \ n. \ Slang for when a player shoots and his/her shot is clocked on a speedometer at or over 100 mph. 

Toli \ n. \ Choctaw lacrosse. Like other Southeastern lacrosse games (Cherokee stickball, for example), it is a double-stick game: players carry a stick in each hand, and the ball (or towa) is carried between the two sticks. Because it is difficult to dislodge the ball with a stick check, toli and other forms of Southeastern lacrosse are more physical than the Northeastern game: tackling the ball carrier is permitted. Toli is played primarily on the Choctaw reservation near Philadelphia, Mississippi, but there is at least one college club team (
University of Georgia Flying Rats).

Topside \ n. \ the position a defender takes with the stick and body extended in order to force a ball carrier to go another direction, preferably away from the goal. 

Towa \ n. \ the ball used in toli or Choctaw lacrosse. Smaller than a standard lacrosse ball (roughly the size of a golf ball) and made of woven deerskin or other leather.

Turf Monster \ n. \ the intangible, unseen force that grabs a players foot sending them sprawling to the ground when no other player was anywhere near them, usually when they are driving toward an offensive opportunity, with the ball and the full attention of the crowd. 

Twig \ n. \ slang for stick. 

Two (Who's Two?) \ n. \ the second defensive slide. "Who's Two" replaces the "Hot" slide .


U- (U-19, U-15...) \ abbrev. \ for "Under-", as in the Under-19 USA Boys Team.

Unsettled Situation \ n. \ usually diriving from an opponents mistake or a steal, the ball is in the offenses hands without a set defense. The goal in an unsettled situation is to find the open mad in front of the goal. See Fast Break or Mini- Break. 

USCLA \ org. \ the elite post-collegiate club league for mens. 

US Lacrosse \ org. \ the governing body of the United States' mens' and womens' games. Also publisher of Lacrosse Magazine. See Picture 31. 

USLIA \ org. \ the United States Lacrosse Intercollegiate Associates - the largest collegiate club league for mens' and womens' lacrosse.