YOU CAN'T BEAT THIS GAME WITH A STICK

April 24, 1977

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.

EIGHT PHOTOSDAN BALIOTTI

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)