What’s In My Lacrosse Bag?

It’s time for another installment of “What’s In My Bag.” Today we take it out to Berlin, MA, where Terry Soloski runs the show over at our ComLax store in Berlin. And away we go……

Stick: Pink-dyed Evo Pro strung up with all white soft mesh (I like the hold and whip you get with it)

Shaft:  cut down Brine Scandium goalie shaft.

Helmet: Cascade Pro7 with chrome mask

Gloves: STX K18 custom colors (older model)

Cleats: Nike Huaraches (original model)

Arm Pads: K18 arm pads (White)

Along with the random stuff of UnderArmour cold gear, pinnies, mouth guard and empty gatorade bottles.


Lacrosse Observations

After watching a couple college lacrosse games from this past weekend (Syracuse vs Denver & Duke vs Notre Dame), the “gear junkie” in me started paying more attention to what players were rocking for equipment rather than the game itself.

A few interesting observations were…

  • Duke was wearing an airbrushed metallic royal TII helmet – almost EVERYONE on Duke & Denver was using a Brine Clutch X or Brine Clutch  X6 – one of Duke’s & Notre Dame’s F-OFF men were using a Warrior Emperor x6, interesting!
  • The Nike Vapor Elite SU gloves looked sick!
  • Syracuse likes to rock the chrome wands!
  • STX Surgeon10 was in full force on a good portion of ‘cuse’s players – Notre Dame’s all gold cascade lids were sweet! (we have a sample of this helmet at our Braintree store)
  • Cuse & Notre Dame look strong!

 

–Marty Bulhoes, ComLax Store Manager, Braintree, MA


Where Are They Now?

 

Listed below are some current/former ComLax employees and what they are doing now in college lacrosse.

During the past 3 years, I have had the distinct pleasure of working alongside some great people and great lacrosse players. Many of these folks provided great insight and knowledge about the game and touched the lives of many customers. This spring many of these gentlemen will take the field for each of their respective institutions.

Danno Lynch (Medfield, MA/Avon Old Farms). Danno is now a mid-fielder at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. After a strong 2010 campaign (33-8-41), Lynch returns to Gettysburg as one of the top mid-fielders in Division 3. Lynch says “Baltimore or bust!”

 

Quinn Cully (Duxbury, MA). Quinn is now a mid-fielder at Notre Dame and a great athletic player who saw action in ten games last year for the Irish, who were the national runners up in NCAA Division 1. Quinn looks to improve on a great freshman campaign, so look for him to have a break-out sophmore year.

John Fitzgerald (Hingham, MA). John now plays attack at Syracuse University. A prolific scorer in high school, Fitzy led the Harbormen to the Massachusetts Division 2 championship. Prior to Hingham, John played at the Rivers School in Weston, MA. During the summer months, he ran with the Fighting Clams select team. This fall John took his talents to powerhouse Syracuse, where he looks to add some depth at attack to a very highly touted freshman class.

Ryan Holbrook (Braintree, MA). Ryan played for Braintree High School and is now a defenseman at  UMass Dartmouth. “Breezy” started in all games at close defense for the Coursairs and after some significant time as a freshman, Coach Feroce at UMass looks to Holbrook to anchor the defense on this year’s squad.

I know I have omitted some folks (sorry guys) but promise to re-visit as more time permits!

–Kyle Prussing, Manager of ComLax, Franklin, MA


Lacrosse In New England

Enhancing Your Knowledge Of The Game

By Kyle Prussing, Manager of ComLax in Franklin, Massachusetts
For many young children and adults, lacrosse is somewhat of an unfamiliar sport. As the sport continues to grow at a staggering rate, it seems beneficial to enhance your knowledge of the game. Many of us have busy schedules and it is often hard to put family activities on the back burner. I have compiled a few suggestions that will be both beneficial to both your child and yourself.
Although many perceive lacrosse hotbeds only existing in places like Baltimore and Long Island, many tend to forget about lacrosse in New England, which is home to some of the finest Universities and Athletic programs in the country. For most, these places are only within a 15 or 20 minute drive and once you arrive on campus, you’ll find that you won’t be disappointed!  Most of the programs listed below are Division 1, 2 ,3 or club. I hope that you can take a few hours this spring and catch the action of one of the fastest growing sports in America.
  • Tufts Univeristy, Medford, Massachusetts (Division 3): 2010 national champions, NESCAC Conference, games to watch include Middlebury, Connecticut College and Bowdoin
  • Harvard University,  Cambridge, Massachusetts (Division 1): Ivy League Conference, games to watch include Princeton, Cornell, Brown
  • Bentley College, Waltham, Massachusetts (Division 2):  Northeast-10 Conference, games to watch include Merrimack, Le Moyne, Adelphi
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts (Division 1): Colonial Conference,  games to watch include Hofstra, Army, Syracuse, Deleware
  • Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (Club): games to watch include Northeastern
  • Bryant University,  Smithfield, Rhode Island (Division 1): Northeast-10 Conference, games to watch include Army, Dartmouth, Providence
Another New England Lacrosse event worth seeing is the 2011 New England Classic on Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, where you’ll be able to see Syracuse University vs. Providence College AND Princeton University vs. Dartmouth College

I hope you all find this info helpful and will take the time to get out, enjoy, watch and support the great game of lacrosse. I promise this will be a fun event and provide valuable insight for both you and your child.

Select Lacrosse Teams

When it comes to select lacrosse teams, I wonder: do they benefit the player or the program?

After being involved with a few “select” lacrosse organizations over the years, I’m starting to wonder if the right intention is there? With the sport of lacrosse growing at the rate it is, it seems anyone that has the slightest bit of lacrosse knowledge and access to the proper equipment/facilities can start lacrosse leagues, camps, teams, etc with very little effort.

The term “Select Team” used to be a title pertaining to an elite or advanced status. Nowadays, it seems like “select” teams are popping up everywhere, which, in a way, appears to water down the talent pool or provide individuals who couldn’t make their team of choice a second chance, or means of redemption.
Now I ask -does this benefit the lacrosse player or the lacrosse program? Is the average John Smith, who failed his or her attempt at one team make them a stud on another? Does that produce a false sense of hope for the player? Are the programs doing it for the right reasons or does it all just boil down to dollars?
Who really gets the most out of it?
Discuss! How have your experiences been in regards to select teams? Is this just growing pains for the fast-growing sport of lacrosse?
–Marty Bulhoes, Comlax Store Manager, Braintree, MA