SPRINGFIELD, Va. -- The Premier Lacrosse League held its first Championship Series from over five days that culminated with Sunday's final, showcasing a variation of the Sixes format that was unveiled at The World Games last summer.
The format is part of an effort by the sport to be included in the Olympics in Los Angeles in 2028, and a departure from traditional field lacrosse. There are no long sticks, and faceoffs only happen to begin quarters.
After goals, the goalie up the ball from the net and resumes play. Rosters have 12 players, typically two goalies and 10 field players, with those field players having to play both ends on a much shorter field.
Games are fast, with eight-minute running time quarters and a 30-second shot clock. The PLL added a 13-yard two-point arc, which further boosted scoring totals. The end result looked very much like a basketball/lacrosse hybrid.