Car Raffle Adds to Excitement to Coker’s Lacrosse Opener

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Feb. 9, 2012 – While all at Friday’s lacrosse opener in Hartsville will have bragging rights about being part of college sports history, one lucky fan at the field could ride home in a new Chevrolet Camaro from Raceway Automotive Group.

Raffle tickets for a chance to shoot for a goal to win the car will be sold at the game:  one ticket for $2 and an arm’s length for $20.

At halftime, one contestant, picked by a drawing of the raffle tickets sold, will have one chance to throw a ball with a lacrosse stick through a six-inch hole from 40 yards away to win the car.

Picked as the No. 5 team in the 2012 Conference Carolinas Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches’ Poll released last month, the Cobras will have home-field advantage when they play host to Shorter University in their inaugural game at 6 p.m. on the football field at Byerly Park.

Led by Head Coach Tony Smith, Coker is the sixth member of Conference Carolinas to have men’s lacrosse, joining Belmont Abbey College, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, Pfeiffer University and Queens University of Charlotte.

With stores in Darlington, Hartsville and Florence, S.C., Raceway Automotive Group’s full-service dealerships offer new Ford, Chevrolet and Buick vehicles and a selection of certified pre-owned cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles.

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Lacrosse Quick Facts
by Chris Dougherty, Manager of Athletics Media Relations at Coker College

Coker College is gearing up for its first season of lacrosse in school history. The Cobras, as a member of Conference Carolinas, begin their season on Feb. 10 with a home match against Shorter University. The sport of lacrosse has continued to grow throughout the country and has now hit the area. As lacrosse begins to make its way into the Pee Dee Region, we thought we’d offer a quick tutorial on the game itself.

What is Lacrosse?

Lacrosse is a fast-paced, physical sport that is rising in popularity. It has been primarily established in the Northeast, but it is rapidly spreading throughout the country.

The Basics

The winner is the team that scores the most goals. The game involves 10 players on the field at one time, including the goalie. The nine other players are broken up into three categories – defenders, midfielders and attackers. Typically, there are three of each position on the field at one time.

Areas marked off on the 110-yard field are the attack and defensive areas. Six players play on offense and six on defense at one time. Any position player, with the exception of the goalie, can cross the midfield line when attacking. However, at least three players must remain on the defensive half of the field at all times.

Each game begins with a face-off between two players fighting for possession. Face-offs also occur after each score throughout the game.

There are four 15-minute quarters played with a 10-minute halftime intermission between. Each team has two timeouts per half. If a game requires overtime, sudden-death rules apply.


Lacrosse requires little in the way of pads. Players wear helmets, arm pads, gloves, cleats and gym shorts. Most players wear a form of shoulder pads, lighter than football ones, but not all do. Goalies wear the usual equipment but also wear chest protectors.

Each player uses a stick with a head on it that must be 6.5 inches or more at its widest point. Offensive players tend to use short sticks (between 40-42 inches), while defenders use long sticks (52-72 inches). The goalie is permitted to use a stick that is between 40 and 72 inches long and the head can measure up to 12 inches wide to support for better shot-blocking. The ball used in lacrosse is made of rubber and is about the size of a baseball.

What should you expect at a game?

Lacrosse has a bit of several sports sprinkled in. There’s hitting and physical contact throughout, like football. Substitutions take place like a hockey game – on the fly – one player on, the other off in a fast-paced manner. When players are on offense, it becomes like basketball, except with six players instead of five. Teams on offense run set plays, using picks, screens and other various maneuvers trying to score. On offense, you’ll often find teams slowing the pace by passing the ball around and creating something of a chess match before putting on a full-fledged attack.

There’s man-to-man defense, zone defense, pick plays, shooting, shooting in the paint (which is called the crease area), screens, pick and rolls, and traps.

Penalties occur and are distributed just like hockey. Players given a penalty will be sent into the penalty box for the determined time, which is no longer than two minutes. When a player is out due to a penalty, it is considered a power-play, or, in lacrosse terms, “man-down.” Penalties include but are not limited to: slashing, unnecessary roughness, tripping or illegal equipment.

Games are fast-paced and usually high-scoring. It is very common to see double-digit scoring from either team playing.

Why should you attend a game?

If you like contact sports that offer lots of scoring and fast-paced action, then lacrosse is something you need to check out.

If you like big-hitting sports, then lacrosse is something you need to check out.

Watching a combination of sports rolled into one is very entertaining. With football season in the rearview mirror, lacrosse provides a spark during the spring season that gives people their fix for physical sports year-round.


Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.


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