I have very mixed feelings about lacrosse.
My older son fell in love with the game and attended a camp. He found a sympathetic teacher (with a lacrosse background) and founded the high school lacrosse club team his junior year. They were awful - David and his childhood chum Chris (who also went to the camp) were the only ones with ANY lacrosse experience. They not only lost every game; they were never even competitive in any game. In David's senior year, they were marginally better: they won three games. In the first tournament game, they faced a team they had beaten, 8-2, with David scoring 5 and assisting on all three others. Knowing David was the threat, in the first thirty seconds a goon took out his knee with his stick. Game over. David is one tough kid, and stayed in, but every time he tried to shoot, his knee buckled: he had both assists, but they lost 4-2.
Has lacrosse ever found a solution to goons? The kid got a two-minute penalty; but even if he was thrown out of the game, an unscrupulous coach merely needs to send a totally superfluous player in to do the 'goonery'.