How Fast Does a Lacrosse Ball Travel?

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Lacrosse balls are small and hard and travel very fast. The game is played using long sticks that, when making direct contact with the ball, apply increasing force. The goalie is the only player who can use his hands to touch the ball.

Lacrosse is a historical game that originates from Native Americans, with records as early as the 1400s. The game requires 10 players per team. Nine players remain on the field, and one plays as the goalie. The sport shares similarities with basketball, soccer, and hockey. Players wear protective equipment while on the field because the hard fast-moving ball can cause injuries. Lacrosse is played by men and women.