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YOU CAN'T BEAT THIS GAME WITH A STICK

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That's how lacrosse players, who bust their guts digging for ground balls, grappling for faceoffs, taking jarring checks and sometimes even scoring goals, feel about their sport. A spring staple in the East and a growing favorite elsewhere, lacrosse is a whirl of running, contact and finesse, whether it is played by club teams stocked with former All-Americas, by universities or by smaller colleges like New York's C. W. Post, one of whose players (right) is on a downfield jaunt.

A faceoff is that crucial moment when push really comes to shove.

Sagging defense frequently results in a collapsing opponent.

A deft stick check is one way to separate an attacker from the ball.

Wide-eyed at the sight of an open net, an attackman fires a shot.

The defense's check on No. 8 came too late to prevent a goal.

The game's most grueling task is going after ground balls, but...

...the team that gets most of them usually ends up celebrating.

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DAN BALIOTTI