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  • Penn Lacrosse Documentary: This Is Penn Lacrosse

    Watch Penn tell their story on the road to the Ivy League Championship in another one of those great lax documentaries that reminds us why we all love the sport. 

  • Cascade lacrosse Tells Thier Story

    Check out Cascade Lacrosse: "Our Story"

  • Spring Lacrosse Vs. Summer Lacrosse Vs. Fall/Winter Lacrosse

    Most players understand the difference in the competition during the different season of play. For those readers who are new, I will briefly describe some of the differences between summer lacrosse, spring lacrosse, and fall or winter lacrosse.

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    Spring Lacrosse

    This is the time of year when serious player refer to themselves as in-season. Youth players normally play representing their town, and older players play for their high school and college teams. The best part of spring lacrosse is the ability to play for serious and rewarding goal. Normally teams, players and coaches are most committed at this time of year and making progress provides fulfillment and reward. With this commitment comes the expectation of working as hard as you can. One of the worst things about spring lacrosse is the weather. Growing up in the northeast, starting spring lax in February and March was never fun. The bitter cold can ruin all the fun of playing. Also, spring lacrosse was tough when you are playing for a struggling team. Players will turn on each other and the team, blame will normally always be assigned, coaches tend to punish the team, and the fun it taken out of the sport. Regardless, spring is prime time for serious lacrosse players. Many of these qualities are unique only to spring lacrosse.

     

    Summer Lacrosse

    Summer lacrosse is different from spring in many ways. Most of the time it is the more serious players who continue into the summer to play for select teams and recruiting camps and showcases. It is the best time of year to try to get noticed and recruited by college coaches. High School players often have a chance to communicate with and coordinate a game to meet a coach at. The recruiting factor of summer lacrosse individualizes the season. It becomes mostly about making personal performance gains and getting noticed by coaches. Winning and losing games and championships is not as important this time of year. There is a huge dispersion of competition in the season as many players play with different age groups and teams. The heat is always a factor during summer lacrosse. Hydration and rest is more important in this season than any other.

     

    Fall/Winter Lacrosse
    The Fall and Winter lacrosse were always the true off season for most players. A nice thing about this time of year is most leagues are played indoors where weather cannot have an effect. Most teams were comprised of players from different towns and spring teams. Playing in these leagues was always pickup style. Players did it to stay in shape and work on weak areas of their game. It is a time of year to just enjoy the game casually and have fun. Personally, I found myself playing in a box league in the winters, which I really enjoyed.

    These are just some of the differences and similarities between the different lacrosse seasons. What is your favorite season? Have any other comments about the best and worst time of year? Feel free to write below.

  • World Games: Canada Upsets the "Invincible" USA in Title Game

    Team Canada Wins the Battle Between the Lacrosse Superpowers of the World.

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    Saturday nights title game between USA and Canada provided the perfect amount of hype, rivalry, competition, and drama to wrap up an intriguing World Lacrosse Games.

    Game Recap:

    It was great goal tending, face-offs, and fundamentals that contributed to Canada's victory on Saturday. The dangerous USA offense lead by Paul Rabil and Rob Panell were left helpless as the Canadians dominated in time of possession. The Canadian Midfield made the difference on offense attacking the USA short sticks from the top of the box and behind. Canadian Midfielder Kevin Crowley was the standout with 5 goals on the night. The USA team played shell shocked as the Canadian lead grew from 3-1 at halftime to 7-2 at the end of the 3rd. The Americans had a late 3 goal surge in the fourth but it was too little too late. The said "invincible" team had been beaten by the ultimate equalizer: groundballs. Canada dominated the USA 35 - 22 on groundballs.

     

    Conclusion of World Games:

    The games as a whole have make a big difference in growing the game in several new places. The recent explosion of social media coverage and insider looks from team members has gone a long way in displaying the drama and entertainment of the games. Fans were able to follow their favorite teams and players from an insider perspective. certainly moving forward the games will have made a huge impact in the distribution of talent and expansion of lacrosse. In  addition, the success of the Iroquois National team brought a third powerhouse into the fold in international lacrosse.

    Congratulations to team Canada on their third FIL World Championship!

    Photo Cred: @WorldLax1014

    Dennis Jordan

    Universal Lacrosse

  • Gear Zone: Leading Edge 2014

     

    Leading Edge has always been a team on the forefront of the best new gear

     

    The Leading Edge lacrosse program, based out of New Jersey, has been providing youth and high school players with exceptional lacrosse instruction since the summer of 2001. Some of the top players in the state play for, and are developed by the Leading Edge program. Every year, Leading Edge players are highly sought after by college recruiters, and are considered top notch by college coaches. They are committed to preparing every player for the next level. They are also committed to keeping their players and coaches, looking GREAT.

    In a 3-way coordination between Warrior, Universal Lacrosse and Leading edge, we have insured that all of the Leading Edge players are going to be the best dressed on every field they step on this year with the Warrior TECH package. The Universal design task force has been let loose, aggressively designing the youth uniforms and cleaned up on the high school uni’s.

    Leading Edge (LE) players will be sporting the new Brine Triumph II gloves with Custom embroidery. The Triumph II gloves not only look good with the LE, and Brine King logo’s on the cuff, but they also do an outstanding job of protecting the players, while remaining comfortable and breathable for the heat of summer. The LE Triumph II’s were made with EXCLUSIVE red material called Smoove, which was and addition that was powered by Brine and Warrior Tech package.

    Be sure to check out the Leading Edge website at www.leadingedgelacrosse.com. If you want your club to look as impressive as Leading Edge, email teamsales@ulcmail.com to get started!

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    By: Taylor Evans

    Tevans@ulcmail.com

    June 27, 2014

  • Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship Divisions

    The USA is not without pressure in a difficult division

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    In this Years FIL World Championship games there will be a total of 38 nations competing in 9 different divisions for the world title. Over the course of 10 days, 142 games will take place. The blue division is comprised of six of the worlds best teams while the rest of the divisions are not grouped by ranking. Here are the divisions:

     

    BLUE DIVISION: Australia, Canada, United States, Iroquois, England, Japan

    GREY DIVISION: Czech Republic, Poland, Costa Rica, Turkey

    GREEN DIVISION: Netherlands, Norway, Italy, China

    RED DIVISION: German, Belgium, Hong Kong, Austria

    PLUM DIVISION: Russia, Wales, New Zealand, Argentina

    TURQUOISE DIVISION: Columbia, Finland, Mexico, Spain

    ORANGE DIVISION: Republic of Korea, Slovakia, Sweden, Israel

    WHITE DIVISION: Latvia, Switzerland, Thailand, Scotland

    YELLOW DIVISION: Uganda, France, Ireland, Bermuda

    The US comes in as a heavy favorite but definitely does not have an easy road through the blue division. Keep Checking UniversalLacrosse.com for more information regarding the FIL World Championship.

  • 4th of July Reebok 9k Money Mesh

    The true Patriots head

     

    In honor of the Independence of our incredible United States of America, I bring you this 4th of July Reebok 9K head strung with some american flag money mesh. Universal Lacrosse offers custom stringing on all heads with all colors of Money Mesh, Dura Mesh, and East Coast Mesh. Let freedom ring!

     

     

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  • Maverik Optik Head Review

    Top of the Line Head

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    One of the best parts about working for Universal Lacrosse is getting my hands on some of the new heads before they are released. About a week ago, I was handed a brand new Maverik Optik to string for promotion and pre-orders. I had heard a lot about what the new stick would be like and was unsure of what to believe. In this post will detail my full review of the Maverik Optik head that I was lucky enough to test out before its release.

     

    Initial Appearance:

    When I laid eyes on this head I was immediately taken to a cross between a Nike Lakota and an STX Stallion Head. I was fortunate enough to see the college legal version and really liked the shape of the throat. It is narrow for a good length up the head while remaining wide enough to stay legal. The finish is Matte which reminded me of the stallion.

     

    Stringing:

    As I got to string this head I was surprised by how easy it strung. The added sidewall holes are good, but the great pocket really came from the offset shape. The Level 2 bottom rail is designed to keep a solid low pocket, but the way the head contours, I was able to place a tight mid pocket that held a great shape.

     

    Feel:

    As I got to throw around with the head and feel it will a ball I discovered the best part of the head. The throat is strong and stiff while the 2 Strut Design allows it to give a bit when you throw. This leaves the head with both strength and durability, with added snap on shots and passes. The 4.5 ounce weight was just an added bonus after all that.

     

    Bottom line:

    This head is a great value at the $89.99 price range. I would recommend for both college and HS players. Probably best for either Mid, FO, or attack.

  • USA Men's Lacrosse Final Roster Selections

    World Lacrosse Action is Back and USA Has a Loaded Roster

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    After close to a year, and several rounds of cuts, the 98 player tryout has made its final cut. The USA men’s lacrosse team that will be competing in the FIL World Championship games is down to the final 23 players. The games will take place between July 10th and July 19th. The US team will attempt to reach its 10th world championship title. Here is the final roster by position:

    Goalie

    • Drew Adams
    • Jesse Schwartzman

    Defense

    • Kyle Hartzell
    • Lee Zink
    • Jesse Bernhardt
    • Tucker Durkin
    • Mitch Belisle
    • Michael Evans

    Midfield

    • Paul Rabil
    • Kevin Buchanan
    • David Lawson
    • Max Seibald
    • Chris Eck (FO)
    • Greg Gurenlian (FO)
    • Dan Burns
    • Kyle Harrison
    • Matt Abbott

     

    Attack

    • Rob Pannell
    • Ned Crotty
    • Kevin Leveille
    • Marcus Holman
    • Garrett Thul
    • Brendan Mundorf
  • Lacrosse Helmet Shopping Guide

    Everything you need to know about Helmet shopping and wearing

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    Call it a helmet, a bucket, or a lid, most lacrosse players and coaches who have been in the game for a while recognize the importance of protecting your head. Playing lacrosse for the past 13 years, I have had the misfortune to suffer from multiple concussions and see teammates and opponents alike sustain a whole range of head injuries from buying and wearing their helmet improperly. In the interest of helping make the game safer, this post will detail the right way to buy and size a helmet for the younger and older player.

    Working at Universal, the first thing I see many customers do when shopping a helmet is go right to the latest and greatest. Be it aesthetics, or marketing, people right now tend to be trained towards the Cascade R helmet. They are not wrong either, the R is a great helmet worn by pros and college players all around the nation. However, this does not make it a great helmet for every single player. Yes, many helmets are adjustable, but only to a point.

     As a rule of thumb, players should use a helmet that fits snug to their head all around, without applying too much pressure in any one area. It should not hurt to wear like many football helmets do in the beginning. Lacrosse helmets do not break in. They will fit the same on day one as they will on year two so long as they are properly maintained. Test the different ear pieces that come with the helmets to insure there is a piece that will fit properly.

    Parents of young players need to say away from the “oh he’s going to grow into it” mentality when it comes to helmets. It is extremely dangerous to have a player who needs to wear a CS XXS helmet, running around with a new Pro 7 helmet that he can barely see out of. I have seen head and neck injuries occur that could have been avoided with some smarter shopping. Players should try on the helmet with the hairstyle he will wear while at practices and games. Helmet fit can change if a players hairstyle changes. For example, a long-haired athlete who gets a very short haircut may need to adjust the fit of the helmet.

    When it comes to wearing the helmet, a lacrosse helmet should not sit too high or too low on the head. Many players today love the tilt look. While it may be popular, it can often leave the helmet too loose and expose the back of the neck and head too much. There is also the other extreme that we see in newer players. What my teammates refer to as a “middle looker” is a player who fits his helmet to see out of the second space of bars from the top of the facemask. This also can be dangerous as it exposes the throat and makes the shell fit improperly.

     To get the proper amount of tilt, make sure the helmet sits low on the forehead so there is just one finger’s width of space above the eyebrows. Make sure you can see straight forward and side-to-side. Be sure there is a four-point chin-strap attached to the helmet. The chin strap should be centered under the players chin and fit snugly. If the player opens their mouth wide with a yawn, the helmet should pull down on their head. If not, the chin strap needs to be tighter. Once the chin strap is fastened, the helmet should not move in any direction, back-to-front or side-to-side.

                    Remember that every payers head is different. Some players have watermelon heads, others have peanuts. Make sure to find the right helmet for the person who is using it, NOT the one that matches the team or looks the coolest. Nobody looks good with a concussion or stitches. Below I will leave tips for maintaining your helmet once you have the right one. I hope this article is helpful, feel free to call Universal Lacrosse or Email with any questions. As always, IT’S ALL U!

     

    Here are some tips for maintenance of a helmet:

    1. Take care of the helmet - Inspect for damage. Do not use a cracked or broken helmet or a helmet that is missing any padding or parts. Check for missing or loose parts and padding before the season and regularly during the season. Replace helmet screws and T-nuts before each new lacrosse season and replace facemasks if they are bent.
    2. Cleaning - Clean the helmet often inside and out with warm water and mild detergent. Do not soak any part of the helmet, put it close to high heat, or use strong cleaners.
    3. Protection - Do not let anyone sit or lean on the helmet.
    4. Storage - Do not store a lacrosse helmet in a car. The helmet should be stored in a room that does not get too hot or too cold and where the helmet is away from direct sunlight.
    5. Decoration – Do not decorate (paint or marker) the helmet without checking with the helmet manufacturer, as this may affect the safety of the helmet. This information may also be found on the instructions label or on the manufacturer’s website.
    6. Look For labels: Look for labels that have the date of manufacture. This information will be helpful in case the helmet is recalled; make sure it is NOCSAE ® 1 certified. That label means that the helmet has been tested for safety and meets safety standards. If the helmet is not new, you should also look for a label that includes the date the helmet was expertly repaired and approved for use (reconditioned/recertified). Helmets that have been properly reconditioned and recertified will have a label with the date of recertification and the name of the reconditioning company.

     

    Best,

     

    Dennis Jordan

    Universal Lacrosse Staff

    University of Scranton

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