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  • 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

  • Fastest Lacrosse Shot on Record: 116MPH

     The bar has been raised yet again by and unsuspecting shooter: zach dorn 1 It’s been 5 years since it took one of the game’s best midfielders to bring the fastest lacrosse shot on record as high as 111 miles per hour.  Paul Rabil accomplished the feat in 2009. A few years later in Mike Sawyer brought the record to 114. Just last night at the MLL All-Stars Vs Team USA game, Zack Dorn did the impossible. He shot a world record 116 mile per hour shot. There was a ton of commotion on the GRAM last night about a “fan” breaking the world record. While Zack does not play in the MLL he is not your average fan. He plays professional indoor lacrosse for the Outlaws. From our vantage point he seems like #aboywithadream which is a hash tag he used last night on his personal instagram account.  If you watch the video on our insta-gram @universallax you can see he shoots with a ton of torque and some raw power. Hit the cage and the gym boys it takes some serious strength to shoot 116MPH. THE TOOL:     Zack Dorn ZACK WAS using an EVOx6 head which is only college legal and most of us can’t use. The Warrior lacrosse Evo series heads are a staple in the lacrosse industry and the Evo3 and EVO4 are both stellar options if you are looking to emulate this stick. He had his head strung with Epoch Lacrosse’s Otter Mesh and this head was sitting on the Epoch C30 shaft in black. Congratulations Zack! You’ve reminded the world that records are meant to be broken and there is no such thing as impossible. Above is a  close-up look at the spoon that throws the heavyball…

  • Thou Shall Play Lacrosse - The 50 Lacrosse Commandments

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    1. Thou shalt never hit the goalie in the chest when shooting.
    2. Bounce shots are best.
    3. Listen and talk to your stick; this will insure good stick protection.
    4. A goal proves that you can beat the goalie; an assist proves that you are smart.
    5. Always look to make the extra pass.
    6. Thou shalt never pass the ball close enough to the goalie or the cage such that the goalie intercepts your pass.
    7. Thou must have the ability to catch and throw with both hands.
    8. Thou must move whenever you do not have the ball; in other words, keep your defenseman thinking and occupied; remember the words of wisdom from the cavemen: He who stands still, is lunch!
    9. Never "telegraph" a pass.
    10. Thou must practice "on the wall" in order to be good.
    11. Thou shalt always move towards a passed ball; never stand still.
    12. The best players pick up ground balls.
    13. "Vee in and Vee out" in order to be open for a pass.
    14. Never get caught offsides.
    15. Poke check and slap check on the hands and gloves of your opponents.
    16. Always congratulate your teammates; you are nothing without them.
    17. Thou shalt always keep your head up; don't look at the ball inside your stick.
    18. Always stay in front of your fellow midfields on a fast break. They will not be able to pass to you if you are behind them.
    19. If the goalie comes out of the cage, turn him to his weak hand by shutting off his strong hand side.
    20. Never, never, never hang your stick.
    21. Always be alert of your man and the ball's position on defense.
    22. Play the Ball-You-Man triangle.
    23. Always be ready to slide to a teammate to help him on defense.
    24. You have a stick, use it: poke, slap, push.
    25. Use your stick not as a caveman's club or ax, but as a surgeon's scalpel.
    26. Don't lunge at the offensive player, be balanced, poke, wait for his move.
    27. Do not allow the offensive player to crowd or push you. If he is too close, push him out.
    28. Remember this: thou shall be intimidating on defense.
    29. If your man beats you and there has been a slide, go to the hole and pick up a player.
    30. Always talk and communicate. The best players are talkers.
    31. Choke up on your long stick if you have difficulty handling it.
    32. After picking up a ground ball, put it to your face, and run to an open area.
    33. Defensemen, stay tight on the fast break.
    34. Every time the ball moves, you must move.
    35. Stay intense by anticipating what the team will do next.
    36. If you double team, do so with authority; ask yourself, do I want to be a hammer or a nail?
    37. Great defensemen, like great offensive players, see the entire field: keep your head up when you're clearing the ball. Impress fans with your smarts.
    38. Keep players out of the funnel.
    39. Be economic with your checks.
    40. Great defensemen do not take the ball away, they prevent their opponent from scoring. Simple!
    41. Love the game and play and practice with passion. Ask your coach for magazines, books, and tips. Be a student of the game.
    42. A great man once said, "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." In other words, give everything your all.
    43. The saying "Practice makes perfect" is incorrect. "Perfect practice makes perfect!"
    44. When in a game, never dispute a call or argue with an official for any reason.
    45. Always know the score of the game.
    46. Always congratulate your teammate. As well, encourage and uplift your teammates who are not playing well.
    47. When coached or told to do something in a practice, ask yourself why? You may then come to a better understanding of the game.
    48. Always have your equipment ready prior to a game.
    49. Accept the responsibilities of being an athlete: work hard in school, represent your family, community, and team with pride and honor.
    50. Practice, practice, practice, then practice some more.
  • Canada Edges by Iroquois 9-8 in International Action

     Team Canada takes a huge step in thriller divisional game

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    Team Canada barely escaped an exciting comeback by the Iroquois National Team in group play at the FIL World Games last night.

    Time of possession was a factor early on when the Iroquois sustained several penalties. The lack of possessions allowed Canada to jump out to a 6-1 lead by halftime. Things looked bleak for the Iroquois even late in the third as Canada still lead by 5 goals. The heroic comeback came in the fourth with 5 straight goals by the Iroquois to make the game 8-8. With the Canadian defense on their heels, and the Iroquois offense in full control of the momentum, a costly turnover gave the ball back to Canada who would score with 19 seconds left in regulation.

    It was team Canada's Curtis Dickson who ended up being the hero of the night with the late 4th quarter goal.

    The game was about as exciting as World Lacrosse Action gets with two star-studded rosters like Canada and the Iroquois. The match-up of the night was Canada’s future Hall of Fame Defender Brodie Merrill at close defense vs. the rock-star Tewaaraton winner Lyle Thompson at attack. These two played a tough game filled with incredible plays.

    The Iroquois National team has definitely proved they are ready to compete on this world stage as the move on the play Team USA tonight at 5pm MDT

    Team Canada will follow up at 8pm MDT against a formidable team Australia.

     

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