If you look up Lacrosse in Wikipedia you can read that:
Lacrosse is a team sport of Native American origin played using a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick. It is a contact sport which requires padding such as shoulder pads, gloves, helmets, elbow pads, and sometimes rib guards. [...] Offensively, the objective of the game is to score by shooting the ball into an opponent’s goal, using the lacrosse stick to catch, carry, and pass the ball to do so. Defensively, the objective is to keep the opposing team from scoring and to dispossess them of the ball through the use of stick checking and body contact or positioning. The sport has four major types: men’s field lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, box lacrosse and intercrosse.
If you follow the article you can read that:
Lacrosse played a significant role in the community and religious life of tribes across the continent for many years. Early lacrosse was characterized by deep spiritual involvement, befitting the spirit of combat in which it was undertaken. Those who took part did so in the role of warriors, with the goal of bringing glory and honor to themselves and their tribes.The game was said to be played “for the Creator” or was referred to as “The Creator’s Game.”
The French Jesuit missionary Jean de Brébeuf saw Iroquois tribesmen play it in 1637 and was the first European to write about the game.He called it la crosse (“the stick”). [...] it was named after the crosier, a staff carried by bishops that bears a similarity to the sticks used in the sport.
If you have further questions about the probably most fascinating sport in the world you should look up the lacrosse club closest to you and pay them a visit during practice or game day to get first hand information.
European Lacrosse is United under the European Lacrosse Federation
In the opinion of LimeGreen Lacrosse lacrosse is probably the best game in the world and can best be described by simply watching a game and feeling the atmosphere. So try to get to know the lacrosse club next to you and come watch a game of Women’s or Men’s lacrosse to get involved in the great atmosphere lacrosse will provide.