2015 NCAA Lacrosse Championship Weekend Wrap-up

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The first week of the college lacrosse playoffs were about as exciting as could be expected. We saw everything from a goalie goal to a hidden ball trick to upsets.

Let’s start at the beginning with Albany’s win over Cornell. The Lyle Thompson led Great Danes looked spectacular in their victory, but it was goalie Blaze Riordan stealing the show with his second career goal.

We saw some nice wins from Notre Dame, Syracuse, Maryland, and Denver. Yet two upsets dominated the headlines of the weekend.

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Review: Brine King Lacrosse Head

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The new Brine King lacrosse head is designed with shooters in mind. The face is longer than other standard lacrosse heads on the market, giving the ball better transition time out of the pocket and an increase in velocity and shot power. The new Strategic Core-Tech™ sidewall design also creates a pocket for increased shot accuracy, and the new throat construction eliminates excess weight in the head.

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STX SuperPower+ Limited Edition Lacrosse Head

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Limited Edition lacrosse heads are becoming all the rage lately, with the Warrior Blade OG, the Rabil Gold head and STX’s Stallion U500 all released within the past year. As long as those heads keep generating the buzz and sales that those three did, you can expect the parade of Limited Edition heads to continue.

The latest to hit the shelves is the STX SuperPower+ Limited Edition Lacrosse Head. We all know how popular the SuperPower heads have been in the past, so it’s only logical that STX come out with a souped-up LE head (and only make 250 of them) to get people talking. So what is this thing all about?

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Epoch Hawk Lacrosse Head Review

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In the 90’s, the game of lacrosse introduced a revolutionary technology to the way heads were shaped, labeled as the “Offset”. This game-changing design gave the lacrosse head “more feel” of the ball when shooting, passing and cradling. For years manufacturers have used this “feel” blueprint to attempt to create the most innovative head design within the rules of the game. The overall dynamic of the game evolved solely because of a shift in the positioning of the ball due to head shape. Fast forward to 2014, Epoch, known for their evolutionary composite shaft technology is shocking the lacrosse industry with a head design that stands out from the rest: they call it the Hawk.

The Epoch Hawk lacrosse head was created with optimal feel and ball positioning in mind. At first glance anyone who is more concerned about cosmetic look over performance will be scared away by the design. Unlike its competitors, the Hawk’s design focuses on bottom sidewall rail placement with an offset upper 3rd face shape not just to provide optimal feel and control but also emphasizes accuracy in scooping ground balls and shooting/passing. Equipped with a “Universal Spec” face shape design for all levels of play, this head is not limited to specific positions rather it can be labeled as an all purpose head. The Hawk also delivers a fairly good balance of flex in the points of the head one needs for velocity while also provides adequate stiffness to maximize the overall structure of the head.

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StringKing Grizzly Mesh™ Review

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StringKing, the official mesh supplier of the NLL & MLL, released their newest line of goalie mesh, Grizzly Mesh™. Weighing in at just 83 grams, Grizzly Mesh is 25-30% lighter than other goalie mesh on the market today. The popular 12 diamond mesh pattern creates a deep pocket that allows goalies the most accurate throwing and stellar rebound control available today.

 

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