I've been to some Michigan Lacrosse games just because I'm interested in it and I genuinely enjoyed it even though there are still some nuances I'm trying to figure out. If any of you are more informed about the sport I was hoping you could assist.
#1) Can someone please explain to me what exactly the term "Ride" means as in "So&So Team really dominated the ride"
#2) Substitutions: In field lacrosse subsitutions are on the fly, correct?
a) Are substitutions unlimited?
b) Does everyone have to substitute in and out of the one particular area.
c) Much the way ice hockey has shifts, do lacrosse substitutions happen frequently such that 18 guys play (as I know there are 9 field players and one goalie) like hockey or is it infrequent like in soccer where you get maybe two or three substitutions a game.
#3) When the ball goes out of bounds, there seems to be some different rules. Sometimes it looks like the ball is awarded to whomever is closest, other times it seems to work like every other sport where the ball goes over to the opposite team of the person who threw it out.
#4) I have figured out that Offsides in lacrosse means that you can't have more than 7 players (including your goalie) in your defensive zone and I believe six in your offensive zone. If teams are traditionally comprised of 3 forwards, 3 midfielders and 3 defensemen, is it at all common that a defender would lead the rush into the offensive zone or do defensive players really stay in their own zone and the front 6 handle everything forward. I guess the hockey term for this would be "offense minded defenders".
Again, sorry to jam the board but this time of year seemed like the least offensive time to do it.