Archives for March 2012

Maverik athlete Bitter to be on display with 2012 line at Big City Classic, Posted 3/29/12
From Press Release

Lacrosse fans attending the fourth annual Konica Minolta Big City Classic this Sunday, April 1st at MetLife Stadium are encouraged to stop by the Maverik Lacrosse display truck between games to meet Maverik Athlete and former UNC great Billy Bitter. Maverik’s complete line of 2012 equipment will be on display along with free posters, autographs and photos ops. The Maverik truck will be located in the concourse area between the Verizon and MetLife gates.

Billy Bitter

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Maverik Athlete and MLL attackman, Billy Bitter

WHAT: Pro Player meet and greet with Billy Bitter. Autographs, Posters. Q&A, and photo opportunities

WHERE: Big City Classic, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ. At the Maverik Truck.


Following the conclusion of Game 1: Notre Dame vs. St. John’s and Game 2: Duke vs. Syracuse approx 3 pm.
Following the conclusion of Game 2: Duke vs. Syracuse and Game 3: UNC vs. Hopkins approx 6 pm

“This event gets bigger and better every year,” said Bitter. “I am looking forward to meeting the fans and watching what is going to be a great day of lacrosse.”

Gear News: Maverik Lacrosse releases Maverik U with Joe Cinosky, Posted 3/28/12
From Press Release

Maverik Lacrosse has released “Defending GLE” the latest instructional video in the Maverik University video series starring standout MLL/NLL defenseman, Minnesota Head Coach and founder of Lakeshore Lacrosse, Joe Cinsoky.

Joe Cinosky

In Maverik’s latest video, Cinosky breaks down how to defend goal line extended (GLE) by using the crease to your advantage and playing the body through strategically placed checks.

“Defending GLE” is valuable for any defenseman that is looking to fine tune their skills and learn from one of the best players to ever pick up a long pole. Click here to view “Defending GLE” on Maverik Film’s YouTube channel and make sure to visit the Maverik Lacrosse Facebook page for the latest gear, news and updates on all Maverik athletes.

“As bigger, faster and more athletic players continue to pick up the game of lacrosse, fine tuning position specific skills, like defending around the crease, becomes more and more important.” said Cinosky. “The Maverik U series is a great asset to any player looking for instruction that may not otherwise be available to him.”

Cinosky’s lacrosse career highlights include being a member of Team USA which won the gold at the 2010 World Championships in Manchester, England and winning a Major League Lacrosse Championship with Toronto Nationals in 2009. Joe currently plays professionally for the Chesapeake Bayhawks in Major League Lacrosse and for the Minnesota Swarm in the NLL. Cinosky’s high school career was equally as impressive. Joe was a 2X High School Defenseman of the Year, 2X All-American and was instrumental in Mountain Lakes High School capturing the New Jersey State Championship his senior year.

“Joe is a strong ambassador for lacrosse and our brand,” said John Gagliardi, founder and President of Maverik Lacrosse. “In addition to being an extremely talented player, Joe has quickly become an accomplished coach through his involvement in the Minnesota youth lacrosse community and The University of Minnesota. We are proud to have him represent Maverik and teach the sport the way it should be taught.”

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Gear News: Maverik releases instructional video starring MLL Goalie of Year Adams, Posted 3/25/12

Maverik Lacrosse has released “Baiting,” the latest instructional video in the Maverik University series starring 2011 MLL Goalie of the Year and Maverik Athlete Drew Adams.

Drew Adams

In this video, Adams shares several advanced goaltending methods and explains how he uses different baiting techniques. Adams focuses on positioning and angle play to win the mental game between the offensive player and the goalie.

“Baiting” is valuable for any goalie that is looking to progress and play at a higher level. Click here to view “Baiting” on Maverik Film’s YouTube channel and make sure to visit the Maverik Lacrosse Facebook page for the latest gear, news and updates on all Maverik athletes.

“An important part of improving your play in goal is watching and learning from other players and adjusting these techniques to your own style of play,” commented Adams. “Even at the professional level, I am constantly refining how and when to use different techniques in goal, especially baiting the shooter.”

Adams earned numerous accolades while playing at Penn State University. He was named ECAC goalie of the year three of his four years, he was a three-time All-American and remains the all-time save leader at Penn State. Upon graduation in 2009, Adams was drafted 19th in the third round of Major League Lacrosse draft by the Long Island Lizards and in 2011 was named Goalie of the Year.

In high school, Drew played at Springfield High School for legendary coach Mike Friel where he garnered All-American honors and was named the Philadelphia Player of the Year his senior year in2005.

“Goalies are often some of the most intelligent and athletic players on the field,” said John Gagliardi, founder and President of Maverik Lacrosse. “Drew is a prime example of this as evidenced by both his success on the field and off in his professional career growing the Maverik brand.”

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Event Gear: HEADstrong Gala showcases cool jerseys, gear in silent auction as lacrosse world honors life of Nick ‘HEAD’ Colleluori

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 3/24/12 was at the Hyatt Regency on Penn’s Landing in Philly Friday night with the items being auctioned at the 2nd annual HEADstrong Foundation Lime Light Gala.

The event celebrated the life of Ridley High (PA) and Hofstra University’s Nicholas “HEAD” Colleluori and helped raise money for the Foundation’s mission of defeating blood cancer through awareness and fund raising. In her typical emotional speech, HEADstrong President Cheryl Colleluori, Nick’s mother, told the large gathering that, “In a time in his life when it would have been perfectly acceptable to be selfish, he was selfless…”

Autographed Princeton jersey and helmet

Nick Colleluori died in November of 2006 after a 14-month fight against non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma while playing lacrosse at Hofstra. He created the idea of the HEADstrong Foundation to help others that were diagnosed with blood cancer. Nick’s family has continued his fight and helped spread their message throughout the lacrosse community into what now is a national drive to fight the disease.

Mrs. Colleluori told the crowd that $1.2 million had been raised last year and that the Foundation has raised $2.7 million in its five years of existence.

Maryland jersey autographed by the team

The ceremony last night kicked off with a lively performance by Philly’s nationally-recognized sports comedian Joe Conklin, who made it seem that Charlie Manuel, Charles Barkley and Allen Iverson, among others, were all in the house.

Michigan jersey and autographed helmet

The evening’s top highlight was the presentation of the inaugural Nicholas E. Colleluori Award to Delaware County’s Stephen Brown, a survivor of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.

To make a donation to the HEADstrong Foundation, go to

North Carolina jersey autographed by the team

Meanwhile, the event also featured a silent auction and alive auction. The silent auction featured a number of donated pieces of equipment and uniforms (many signed). The highlights were team jerseys from Princeton, Michigan, North Carolina, Syracuse and Maryland as well as Team USA. Hofstra and HEADstrong packs of gear also were being auctioned as well as an STX grab bag of hot stuff.

STX equipment

Team USA jersey and autographed pic

Syracuse shirt and autographed helmet

Easton Raptor Lacrosse Helmets are recalled, Posted 3/23/12

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Easton Raptor Lacrosse Helmets

Easton Raptor

Units: About 12,000
Importer: Easton Sports, of Scotts Valley, Calif.
Hazard: The chin bar can break, causing the wearer to suffer a jaw or facial injury.

Incidents/Injuries: Easton Sports has received six reports of the chin bar cracking or breaking on impact with a ball or lacrosse stick, including one laceration injury.

Description: This recall involves all Easton Raptor Lacrosse Helmets. “Easton” is printed on either side of the back of the helmet and on the jaw strap. “RAPTOR” is printed low on the back of the helmet in the center. The helmets were sold in sizes XS/S, M/L, and XL/XXL and were available in the following colors: white; matte black; silver; navy blue and white; royal blue and white; and red and white.

Sold at: Sporting goods stores and online from November 2011 through March 2012 for about $250. Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these helmets immediately and contact Easton Sports for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Easton Sports toll-free at (877) 279-8545 between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, e-mail, or visit their web site

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (877) 279-8545
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Copyright (C) 2012 PR Newswire. All rights reserved.

Women’s Gear News: Longstreth shows that the trend for 2012 is customization, Posted 3/20/12

Customization let’s your team stand out off the field as well as on it! Longstreth has noticed a definite trend towards team customization –from lacrosse heads strung with team colors to socks with team names and everything in between!

Friends' Central Custom Sublimated Nike Uniform

Custom stringing is a great way to stand out. Longstreth has custom strung heads for entire teams, such as Rutgers, Dartmouth, and Yale; as well as for individual players. The possibilities are endless – red/white/blue, team colors, neon.

Custom strung goalie head

CustomStrung Lacrosse Heads - The Possiblities are Endless!


Phantastix Custom Dynamic Reversible

Sublimated uniforms and apparel are a growing women’s trend on and off the field. Customization options are endless, team names, colors, and logos are as individual as the team itself. The Phantastix club team selected an exclusive Longstreth sublimated reversible jersey as their team uniform. Friends’ Central School chose the Nike sublimated Elite uniform. Teams are increasingly choosing sublimated uniforms, not just because of the customization options, but for their lightweight performance fabrics and durability.

Embellished Backpacks

Backpacks are also popular items to have customized. Longstreth has the capabilities to embroider team names, player names, and numbers on a wide variety of bags. Two of the most stylish are the DeBeer Women’s Gearpack and Under Armour’s Lacrosse Backpack. Both feature a front panel that lends itself perfectly for embellishment.

Many teams today are choosing custom team socks to finish off their look. Teams like Kean University have purchased socks with their team name and logo. The order minimums are low and delivery is usually in 4-6 weeks.

Custom Socks are the new Must-Have Product for any team

All customized items have minimum purchase requirements. Longstreth’s friendly, knowledgeable team representatives are available to help teams find exactly what they want and still keep within a budget.

Email or call 800-545-1329 to ask about team pricing, uniforms, fanwear, practice packages, and fundraising opportunities. Visit to see our full selection or stop by our retail store in Parker Ford, PA ( just 30 minutes west of King of Prussia) to check out our one-of-a-kind shop.

Gear News: Maverik Lacrosse Announces Maverik U with Peet Poillon, Posted 3/19/12

Maverik Lacrosse recently released “Effective Dodging,” its latest instructional video in the Maverik University video series starring Maverik Athlete and MLL All Pro Midfielder Peet Poillon.

Peet Poillon

In this video, Poillon offers several dodging techniques that have contributed to his success at the college and pro level. Poillon focuses on how to win and maintain a central angle on the goal in order to maximize shot opportunity.

“Effective Dodging” is valuable for any player looking to be a threat at midfield. Click here to view “Effective Dodging” on the Maverik Film’s YouTube channel and make sure to visit the Maverik Lacrosse Facebook page for the latest gear, news and updates on all Maverik athletes.

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“So much of lacrosse is execution, and you can’t execute concepts you aren’t taught. Some very fundamental things that made me much better as a player I didn’t learn until I was in college,” said Poillon. “Maverik University serves as a great platform for passing on that knowledge to young players.”

The Pittsburgh-native and graduate of Seneca Valley High School is no stranger to hard work and determination. In high school, Poillon set the Western Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association’s scoring record with 410 career goals and was named the WPSLA’s Player of the Year his senior year.

Growing up in a non-traditional lacrosse area, Poillon went unnoticed by recruiters and played his first two years of college lacrosse at Howard Community College in Columbia, Md., where he earned NJCAA All-American honors both years. Poillon transferred to the Ohio State University, where he earned honorable mention All-American honors and lead the Buckeyes to the NCAA quarterfinals.

However, Poillon longed to play in the state of Maryland again and for his final season of college lacrosse chose to suit up for UMBC. While at UMBC, Poillon led the team in scoring with 26 goals and 21 assists, earned second-team All-American honors, an America East title and a bid to the NCAA tournament.

Among his many awards at the MLL level was his play during his time with the 2010 Championship Chesapeak Bayhawks. He enters the 2012 MLL season with the Denver Outlaws, as a 3 time all-star and Outlaws third leading scorer.

“As a Pittsburgh native with heavy involvement in local youth programs, Peet brings a great perspective of the sport from outside traditional hot beds,” said Gagliardi. “His passion for teaching the sport is contagious. This combined with his success as both a college and prop player has allowed Peet to serve as an excellent role model and pioneer for our brand.”

Gear News: offers styled, classy apparel for the lacrosse teams, players and fans, Posted 3/19/12

Laxwear( promotes and celebrates the sport of lacrosse with class and style – and let’s you say that lacrosse is your sport without having a stick in your hands.

At Laxwear, you choose the garment color and the color of the Laxguy/Laxgal/Crossed Sticks logos. Laxwear apparel also can also be customized by adding a school or team name, or jersey number.

Laxwear logos

Apparel offered at includes: Oxford and casual shirts, blouses, polos, rugby shirts and sweaters, sweat shirts, jackets, t-shirts, shorts, hats, robes, sandals, socks and an assortment of team apparel.

Shirt, backpack

Laxwear, known for its fine customer service, also offers regular discounts.

Laxwear shorts

Laxwear Shirt

Gear News: Longstreth offers top-notch women’s equipment, Posted 3/15/12

It’s an exciting time of year for us at Longstreth. After months of researching and buying the best of the best women’s lacrosse equipment, we get to see it in action. This year brought a number of great products for the female athlete.

STX's Crux 10 and Attak, DeBeer Rapture, and Brine's Quantum

There are a few women’s lacrosse heads that stand out from the rest: The STX Crux 10 is the ultimate passing and shooting weapon. Its extreme angled scoop creates more whip and accuracy. The 10 degree technology drives the ball to the sweet spot for quick and accurate release on shots and passes; plus there is an Elastomer overmold in the lower half of the head to decrease ball rattle..

STX has a new version of the ATK. The Attakhas an angular up-turn from the sidewall to scoop for better control, accuracy, and feel. It’s wider face allows for a greater range of playing positions.

Cascade CPV helmet

Also new for 2012, is the DeBeer Rapture which has recessed sidewall stringing holes that help pocket swivel and improves control and accuracy. The recessed lace channels increase pocket life and the low sidewalls give a deeper pocket formation. The wider face lends itself to improved catching in the midfield.

Brine’s Quantum features NOZ-technology placed throughout the head to create one of the lightest and most durable women’s heads on the market. The extreme TruOffset technology gives maximum shot power and control and the U-shaped scoop allows for more accuracy when passing and shooting.

What’s hot in women’s handles? There are three that are on the top of our list.. First, the Epoch Women’s Handles have a true temper composite technology for maximum strength and minimal weight. They are unique in their one-year warranty and have a varied flex technology that lets a player buy the shaft that is perfect for their game.

STX’s new Vortex 10,Vortex, and Vortex Plus handles stay temperate so hands stay warm in cold weather. They feature soft-texturized elastomer rings within the composite to improve grip and feel. The 10 degree version is center-balanced for the perfect feel on any 10 degree head.

Epoch Handles, STX's Vortex line, and the Under Armour Playermaker

Maverik Fox, Empire, Rome chest protectors

Last, but certainly not least, is the Under Armour Playermaker Lacrosse Handle. It’s split handle technology with Porone XRD core absorbs stick-to-stick impact and makes for a softer catch. The Playmaker’s carbon composite construction reduces weight and increases strength.

As for player protection, Under Armour Illusion Wire Goggles are new for 2012. Their lightweight wire design improves downward vision, while the flexible frame conforms to the head for improved comfort. ASTM F803-03 Certified for lacrosse

Under Armour Illusion Wire Goggles

Let’s not forget the women’s goalie. Longstreth carries a wide selection of goalie gear. The Cascade CPV Helmet is perfect for the female goalkeeper. It’s an updated version of the C Pro. The SPR-fit system provides a secure fit. It can be customized for school or club colors.

The Maverik Chest Protector Line – Fox, Empire, Rome are new at Longstreth this year. They provide three levels of protection by varying the amounts of coverage, yet providing excellent mobility. They’re a great option for the aggressive goalkeeper.

This highlights only a few of Longstreth’s many women’s lacrosse offerings. Call 800-545-1329 to ask about team pricing, uniforms, fanwear, practice packages, and fundraising opportunities. Visit to see our full selection or stop by our retail store in Parker Ford, PA ( just 30 minutes west of King of Prussia) to check out our one-of-a-kind shop.

Gear news: Maverik releases ‘Dodging from Behind’ video with Billy Bitter, Posted 3/14/12

Maverik Lacrosse Tuesday released “Dodging from Behind,” its latest instructional video in the Maverik University video series starring Maverik Athlete, MLL Attackman and former three-time All-American at the University of North Carolina, Billy Bitter.

Maverik's Billy Bitter

In the video, Bitter offers several key techniques for maximizing offensive opportunities from behind the cage. From a quick change of direction to stick protection and shot placement, this video is valuable for any player looking to be a threat on attack. Click here to view “Dodging from Behind” on the Maverik Film’s YouTube channel and make sure to visit the Maverik Lacrosse Facebook page for the latest gear, news and updates on all Maverik athletes.

“The Maverik University series is a great resource for both players and coaches,” said Bitter. “I am thrilled to be involved in the creative process here at Maverik; and look forward to collaborating with Jay Jalbert and the marketing team to advance our video campaigns in the future.”

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Bitter began his lacrosse career at Manhasset High School, where he earned All-American honors as a senior. He spent one post-graduate year at the prestigious Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts, before heading off to make his mark at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Billy started every game from his sophomore year forward and was a two-time first team All-American. He totaled an impressive 99 goals and 76 assists with 172 ground balls as a Tar Heel cementing his reputation as one of lacrosse’s premier attackman.


Founded in 2005 by John Gagliardi, Team USA Player and All-World Defenseman, and Jay Jalbert, All-World Midfielder, Maverik Lacrosse is a lacrosse equipment manufacturer whose products are designed and developed by the world’s top lacrosse players. Team Maverik creates,tests and develops innovative product lines that are used by players at the youth to professional level. Headquartered in New York, Maverik is a subsidiary of Bauer Performance Sports Ltd., a publically traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BAU). For more information