la·​crosse | \ lə-ˈkrȯs How to pronounce lacrosse (audio) \

Definition of lacrosse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a goal game in which players use a long-handled stick that has a triangular head with a mesh pouch to catch, carry, and throw the ball

La Crosse

geographical name
\ lə-ˈkrȯs How to pronounce La Crosse (audio) \

Definition of La Crosse (Entry 2 of 2)

city in western Wisconsin population 51,320

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Here's a recap of Arizona high school girls lacrosse in 2019. Emily Horos, azcentral, "Arizona Girls Lacrosse Association 2019 award winners," 25 June 2019 The Cadets won their first Metro East Conference title, their first Section 4 title and on Tuesday, their first state tournament game — in large part because of a goaltender playing his first season of high school lacrosse. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "Boys lacrosse: St. Thomas Academy rallies past Mahtomedi into state semifinals," 11 June 2019 Taylor, who this past week became the first goalie in the history of lacrosse to win the Tewaaraton Award, led the Terps to a 22-1 record and National Championship in her senior season, leading a sensational Maryland defense. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Baltimore-area sports news: Maryland lacrosse goalie Megan Taylor a finalist for Honda Award," 4 June 2019 The biggest event in the sport of lacrosse is at hand, and the experience of the Championship Weekend stage will be new to most of the participants at this year’s NCAA tournament finale. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, "Championship Weekend: Preview of NCAA men's lacrosse Final Four," 24 May 2018 Like an ice cream cone with two scoops, C. Milton Wright hosted a double-dip of lacrosse Thursday night with Fallston visiting in girls and boys UCBAC Chesapeake Division play. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "CMW pulls off lacrosse sweep, with girls, boys wins over Fallston," 20 Apr. 2018 Her father played four years of varsity lacrosse at the University of Virginia. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "11 things to know about Hope Hicks, White House communications director," 1 Feb. 2018 Before the end of the school year, Dorton educated students at Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School in Boynton Beach while also providing a donation of 25 helmets to the girls lacrosse team. Alex Kushel,, "Sports-related concussion survivor calls for change in treatment," 20 June 2019 In lacrosse, '18 St. Xavier attackman Johnny Marrocco announced his commitment to Denver June 12. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Recruiting Trail: Badin's Kowalski picks NKU, St. X's Marrocco headed to Denver," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of lacrosse


1718, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lacrosse


Canadian French la crosse, literally, the crooked stick

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The first known use of lacrosse was in 1718

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English Language Learners Definition of lacrosse

: an outdoor game in which players use long-handled sticks with nets for catching, throwing, and carrying the ball


la·​crosse | \ lə-ˈkrȯs How to pronounce lacrosse (audio) \

Kids Definition of lacrosse

: a game played on a field using a long-handled stick with a shallow net for catching, throwing, and carrying the ball

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