If during a normal REF stick check, a stick is found to be illegal and removed from the field, why are any of the goals scored by the illegal stick allowed? This scenario has happened twice during my sons high school lacrosse game...
Answer: Hey there Barb. My understanding is that you can't really prove "when" the stick turned illegal.
I know. I know. If it's something solid like a shaft or a head it was probably illegal the whole game. But if it's something like a pocket in the rain, that may just happen in the course of a game.
The purpose of a stick check by a coach after a goal is to specifically remove that goal (hopefully)
Even the head of a stick can get pinched in the course of the game which can start the game legal, and then can be illegal after a few face offs.
Hope that helps Barb. Let me know if you need anything else. It's a great question.
Jonathan - The Goalie Guru