This summer, the National Federation of State High School Associations implemented several new boys' lacrosse rules that center around safety, consistency across all age groups and making the game more exciting.
"The committee believes the sport of boys' lacrosse is currently in very good shape," James Weaver, NFHS director of performing arts and sports, said. "The committee is excited to continue looking into the health and safety of the sport, while minimizing risk during its growth."
Some of the most notable changes include:
- An end-of-period shot will now count as long as it leaves the stick before the period ends. Previously, a goal was awarded only if the ball crossed the plane of the goal prior to the end of a period.
- A penalty will result if a player is not properly wearing his mouthpiece. The mouthpiece must also not "fish-hook" outside of the mouth, according to the rules committee.
- Schools will be allowed to use a unified field that is 120 yards long for both boys and girls. This new rule could provide schools with some economic relief to maintain fields.
- Teams can leave the box during a slow whistle situation after a flag is thrown for a penalty, which could provide more scoring opportunities for the offense.
- Stall warnings will now end when a shot hits the goal pipes or contacts the goalie or his equipment.
PNC Lacrosse Spotlight: St. Paul's School For Girls Goalie Clare Boone
Goalie Clare Boone transferred to St. Paul's School for Girls last season after spending two years as the starting goalie at Kennard-Dale in Fawn Grove, Pa., where she led the program to its first District 3 title. Boone continued that success at St. Paul's in the classroom and the lacrosse field. She has committed to play lacrosse at Yale.
Did you travel with a club team this summer?
Clare Boone: I play on TLC 2018 Red, and we traveled to Pennsylvania for one tournament this summer. The rest of our tournaments were local.
What are your goals for the upcoming high school season?
CB: For the upcoming high school season my main goal is to improve on last year's record. We lost quite a few one- or two-goal games last year, so my personal goal is trying to pick up another couple saves to put my team in a position to win those games.
What went into your decision to commit early to Yale?
CB: I knew that I wanted to play lacrosse in college, but choosing the school was a difficult decision, especially with recruiting being so early. I decided on Yale because I wanted to be challenged both in lacrosse and in academics. Being in the Ivy League, the academics couldn't be topped, and I was really excited about Coach [Erica] LaGrow's vision of building a top-notch lacrosse program. So all-around Yale was the perfect fit for me.