Essay about Ice Hockey and Lacrosse

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Ice Hockey and Lacrosse

Both Lacrosse and Ice hockey are two sports that share similar aspects. One example would be that they both require plenty of athletic prowess, as well as countless hours of training and practice to master. The high amount of contact in both sports enables a player to become both physically and mentally "tough". Lacrosse has grown to its highest level of popularity it has ever reached over the last ten years. Ice hockey has seen a steady climb in its popularity over the past 25 years making it one of the most popular sports in not only Long Island, but all across the U.S. However, there are many differences as well, and we should not overlook the fact that there are plenty of distinctions between the two
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The biggest difference between ice hockey and lacrosse is the playing field. In hockey its ice, in lacrosse its grass. In addition to this would be the field dimensions. A lacrosse field is rectangular, while a hockey rink is oval. Another difference would be the number of players present on the field at one time. In lacrosse, 10 players are allowed at one time to work together at scoring a goal. In hockey, only 6 players are allowed to grace the field during each shift. Which brings the topic to another distinction, the length of shifts. In hockey the shifts are only about two to three minutes long, allowing fresh players to take the ice more often than in lacrosse, where the shifts are about every 10 to 12 minutes. Another major difference is that usually hockey is played during the winter months, lacrosse in the springtime. I use the word "usually" because there are ice rinks that will operate and host leagues during the summer, but its is rare due to the expense of cooling the ice during the hot summer days. Lacrosse players use cleats, which are sneakers equipped with little studs on the bottom to increase traction. Hockey players use skates to glide along the ice. A last differentiation would be the origin of both sports. Hockey was invented by Canadians, and lacrosse was created by American Indians, who oddly enough, used to use squirrel skulls because an official lacrosse ball had not been invented yet. Ice hockey and lacrosse are
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