Archives for February 2012

Checking out the Gear: Rosemont College (PA) men’s team kicks off first season, Posted 2/29/12

Rosemont College is ready to open its program with some hot new gear.

Custom-Dye Sublimation Practice Jersey

Under head coach Brian Zusi, the Ravens open their inaugural season on Saturday, March 10 at Messiah College. They open their Colonial States Athletic Conference schedule March 13 at Neumann College and then make their home debut on March 15 vs. Alvernia.

Fundraiser T-shirt - $10, $12 for XXL

Zusi played

Captain Tom Dugan

high school lacrosse at Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) and then founded the club lacrosse program at Hofstra. He coached high school for eight years in New Jersey, including three years as head coach at Millburn High from 2008-10. He will be sporting combat boots this year on the sidelines, supporting the “Boot Campaign” to support our American troops, past and present.

The Ravens’ captain is junior defenseman Tom Dugan, an Upper Darby graduate.

Practice Shorts

The gear today includes

STX Cell II Pads

Maverik Rome Gloves

Cascade CPX-R Helmets

Under Armour Cooker shorts

Game uniforms – Under Armour Cooker Jersey and shorts

Practice uniforms- Custom Dye-Sublimation, by Universal Lacrosse

Fundraiser T-shirts, $10, $12 for XXL

Nike Dri-fit shirt


Captain Dugan

Checking out the Gear: Widener University (PA) men seek another MAC championship

By Chris, Posted 2/28/12

The Widener men’s lacrosse team heads into the 2012 campaign having won six of the last seven Middle Atlantic Conference championships.

Widener locker

The Pride (15-3, 11-0 MAC last year) are coming off their 13th Middle Atlantic Conference title, their ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and their first undefeated conference regular season since 2003.

This is the first season the former MAC is split into the Commonwealth and Freedom Conferences. The two conference winners will meet May 5 to determine the MAC’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Widener - STX K18 Gloves

Widener - Pro7 Cascade Helmet


Widener - STX Arm Pads

opens the season February 25 at home against SUNY Cortland, which last year advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals and is ranked fifth in this poll.

The Pride will don the following new gear this year:

Nike uniforms
STX K 18 Gloves
Cascade Pro7 Helmets
STX Elbow Pads
STX Arm Guards
STX Wrist Guards

Checking out the Gear: Oregon goalie Oppenheimer releases new design for Ducks’ helmets

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 2/19/12

When Stephen Oppenheimer directs the defense today for the nationally-ranked University of Oregon men’s lacrosse team in its MCLA game (1 p.m. Western Standard Time) at Sonoma State University in California, the Ducks’ Warrior helmets will look quite familiar to him.

Oregon Helmet decal designed by goalie Stephen Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer, a Germantown Academy (PA) graduate and transfer from Cabrini College, designed his team’s helmet decals and released them exclusively to

The Ducks are ranked No. 8 in MCLA’s Division I rankings and stand 1-1 after bowing to No. 7 Cal Poly, 15-12. Oppenheimer, a sophomore, is the team’s No. 2 goalie but played extensively in the Duck’s 13-8 opening-day win over Cal.

Oregon helmet back - Stephen Oppenheimer

Last season Oregon earned a trip to the MCLA championships after repeating as PNCLL champions. The Ducks were ousted in the second round by Michigan, 13-8.

Oppenheimer also designs for his family’s apparel business, Wave One of Conshohocken, and was the designer for Chestnut Hill College’s new uniforms and pinnies. Click here for story. His uniform and pinnee designs for Rebel Elite Club will be released this week on

Oppenheimer said he had some guidelines to follow in making the design. Oregon’s wings were created by Phil Knight, the co-founder and Chairman of Nike and an oregon grad.

“For the helmet stickers, my objective was to pay tribute to the Ducks football team,” Oppenheimer said. “‘Uncle Phil’ has tight restrictions on us using the Ducks’ wings so we had to come up with something 100 percent unique that wouldn’t violate the restrictions. What I came up with is what you see.

“I have also designed our sweats and shooter shirts as well as some gear we will be getting through Wave One.”

Oppenheimer transferred to Oregon mainly because of its acclaimed Product Design program.

“Through high school I never really took art classes so a career in art and design never really crossed my mind. But once I started designing for my pops I fell in love with the field of design and it has ultimately brought me here to the U of O to study Product Design.

“I started getting into uniform design two summers ago when I designed our uniforms for Team Wave One. That design is still one of my favorites that I have ever done. Since then I’ve designed hundreds of jerseys, shorts, pinnies and skirts for teams all over the country

“My ultimate career goal is to design sneakers, obviously being at U of O, I am heavily drawn to Nike. And thoughts of keeping the family business in the family always come into consideration if I am skilled enough in my profession after 3 or 4 years here.”

Why are lacrosse players getting into design more and more?

Stephen Oppenheimer

“It’s simple: look good, play good,” he said. “Every athlete is somewhat concerned with how they look while they’re playing. and I am most definitely one of those players. Players know what the trends in the game are and players know what’s going to look good.”

“I enjoy it so much because I enjoy starting with nothing but a blank template and creating something 100% unique from scratch. I enjoy being able to come up with new designs, new patterns etc., that wil hopefully make the customers ecstatic about what their team will wear and come back to me for future designs.”

Checking out the Gear: Chestnut Hill College (PA) men look to make mark in Division II in only their third season, Posted 2/16/12

LaxGearZone will be bringing you the hottest and newest lacrosse gear and apparel being used by the nation’s high school, college, club and youth teams.

Sublimated pinnie front - Wave One

We begin our coverage of the hottest gear with Chestnut Hill College (PA), aiming to become a Division II power after knocking off eventual national champion Mercyhurst and fellow DII power Dowling last season in only its second year of lacrosse and first year under coach Brian Dougherty, a former NCAA and MLL multi-Goalkeeper of the Year and US World Team standout.

The Griffins will look sleek in these sublimated pinnies and Nike Huarache3 shoes. The pinnies were designed and supplied by Wave One of Conshohocken (PA).

Sublimated pinnie - Wave One

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Nike Huarache3

Checking out the Gear: Villanova men look to contend in Big East, Posted 2/16/12

The Villanova men’s team has reached a lofty perch in the world of Division I lacrosse – a national standing.

Cascade Pro7 Helmet

Nike Vapor Game Cleats

Last year the Wildcats reached the NCAA tournament and held its place in the Top 10 for many weeks. This year the ‘Cats are ranked among the Top 10 in every major preseason poll and head into Saturday’s opener at Lehigh (noon) as a team expecting to return to the NCAA tourney for the third time in four years.

Also, Villanova will host the Big East Tournament May 3 & 5.

Villanova will look good in its 2012 gear, which includes (pictured):

STX Assault Arm Guard

STX Assault Arm Guards

STX Assault Glove (#28 – CJ Burke)
Cascade Pro7 Helmet
Nike Vapor Game Cleats
STX Cell 2 Gloves (#29 – Kevin Cunningham)
STX Assault Arm Pads

STX Cell 2 Gloves

STX Assault Gloves

STX Assault Arm Pads