Archives for March 2012

College Gear: Navy players present Timchal with custom running shoes after earning 400th career win, Posted 3/18/12

Navy women’s lacrosse coach Cindy Timchal recently claimed a monumental milestone by winning her 400th career game as a head coach after a victory March 6 over Robert Morris.

Nike Lunarfly + 1.5 iD Running Shoe

With the win, Timchal became the first college lacrosse coach, men’s or women’s on any level, to reach the 400 plateau.

Cindy Timchal is honored for 400th win

To honor Timchal, the Mids presented their coach with a special surprise. With an idea hatched by senior captain Kierstin King, the Mids bought Timchal a pair of the custom Nike Lunarfly+ 1.5 iD Running Shoes with the school’s Navy Blue and Gold.

The shoes had the words “400” and “WINS” inscribed on the left and right tongues. The players presented the shoes to Timchal, along with flowers, after the 400th victory.

Nike Lunarfly + 1.5 iD Running Shoe

One of Timchal’s passions is running, and she even collects shoes. Timchal joked in her postgame press conference that they players bought the running shoes so she’d ease up on her demanding running schedule and maybe go run by herself.

The Mids improved to 6-1 after the win (they are now 10-1), and Timchal improved to 400-106. Her past 64 wins have come at Navy since taking the program to Division I in 2008. She also won 260 games, eight national championships and two national Coach of the Year awards in 16 years at Maryland. sends thanks to Navy SID Matt Muzza for sending the photos, taken by assistant coach Kristen Waabgo.

Checking out the Gear: Much-improved Penn State flashes its equipment

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 3/16/12

The Penn State men’s lacrosse team has emerged as a Top 20 team this year, in its second season under coach Jeff Tramboni.

Equipment Showcase - STX Alliance Penn State Shaft, Nike Huarache Cleats, Cascade CPX-R blue helmet

Cascade CPX-R Penn State helmet

Just two years removed from a 2-11 campaign, Penn State is ranked No. 14 in the USILA poll this week. The Nittany Lions (3-2) have scored key victories over then No. 2 Notre Dame, 4-3, and Ohio State, 5-2 and already have claimed the Creator’s Trophy as the “champion” of the Big Ten teams that play lacrosse.

Nike Vapor Elite Penn State gloves.

This Saturday Penn State hosts UMass in its Colonial Athletic association opener at noon.

STX Assault arm pads, guards

STX Assault gloves

Vapor elite cleats

The Penn State gear featured today:
Nike Vapor Elite Penn State gloves
Nike Vapor Cleats
STX Assault Penn State Gloves
Cascade CPXR white Penn State helmet
STX Assault Penn State Arm pads, Arm Guards
Equipment Showcase – STX Alliance Penn State Shaft, Nike Huarache Cleats, Cascade CPXR blue helmet

Checking out the Gear: Lehigh cracks the Top 20 after big wins over Penn, North Carolina, Posted 3/11/12

The Lehigh men’s lacrosse team made a major statement last week.

Lehigh New Balance jersey

Cascade Pro7 helmet

The Mountain Hawks’ 9-8 stunner over No. 5 North Carolina Saturday night came just days after a shocking 10-4 victory over No. 19 Penn at Franklin Field. The wins were clearly one of their biggest wins in years. Lehigh, which also earned wins over VMI and Sunday over Yale, is now 6-1 and off to its best start since the 1960s.

The Mountain Hawks, ranked No. 16 in the USILA Division I poll last week, should move up several more spots when the rankings come out today.

New Balance pinnie, pants

The Mountain Hawks are hoping this is the year to make a run for an NCAA playoff berth as well as a Patriot League title under coach Kevin Cassese, a National Midfielder of the Year at Duke (2002) who played on two World Championship teams with Team USA.

New Balance shorts

LaxGearZone shows off Lehigh’s Brown and White gear, which includes New Balance 897 cleats and New Balance MX871 cross trainers, New Balance uniforms and apparel, STX Assault gloves and Assault and Cell pads and Cascade Pro7 helmets.

New Balance warm-ups

STX Assault gloves, Cell pads

New Balance shooting shirts, shorts

New Balance 897 cleats, MX 871 cross trainers


Marist lacrosse team dedicates season to memory of Eddie Coombs

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 3/2/12

His locker is a shrine to his value as a teammate, and his legacy lives despite spending just one year at Marist College.

The Red Foxes men’s lacrosse team has dedicated its season to Eddie Coombs’ memory. And they did their good friend proud last Saturday by opening the campaign with a 12-10 victory over host Sacred Heart.

Eddie Coombs locker

One of the stars of the game was freshman attackman Colin Joka, a Plymouth Whitemarsh (PA) grad who played with Coombs on the Rebel Elite club team. Joka, like his teammates and the Philly and Marist communities, was devastated last August when the popular Hatboro-Horsham (PA) alum died in a one-car accident in Horsham Township after enjoying a strong freshman year at Marist.

Coombs, a standout on the Hatters’ PA state-qualifying team in 2010, was a major reason Joka decided to attend Marist. So when Joka scored on each of his shots Sunday, he said, “Those were for you Eddie.”

“It’s definitely hard to play without him,” Joka said. “One of my goals was to play with him. Now, each and everyone of us play not only for ourselves, but for Eddie.

“We know he will be up there watching us. It’s sad he is not here, but we play for him and we dedicate each game for him by playing our hardest.”

Joka scored first to help the Red Foxes take a 3-1 lead and then added a second goal to pad the margin to 9-4. Marist is expected to challenge this year in the Metro Atlantic Athletics Conference (MAAC) after qualifying for the league playoffs the past two seasons.

“It was always my dream to play Division I college lacrosse,” said Joka. “I used to sit and watch all the college games and think to myself how sick it would be to play against these players. I never thought it would come true, or that I could start right away.

“Last Sunday was definitely a big moment for me.”

Colin Joka

The game also was a big moment for Red Foxes rookie coach Keegan Wilkinson, a four-year starter and two-time captain at St. Joseph University who spent the last four years as an assistant at Marist.

Wilkinson and the team has kept Coombs’ locker intact with his No. 34 jersey as the centerpiece. Each week one of the players is given the honor of wearing the No. 34 jersey based on their efforts in practice and in the previous game. The letters “EC” are sewn onto every jersey and the team will begin giving out the “Edward coombs Outstanding Freshman Award” each season. Eddie was the first winner.

“One thing we have done is dedicate his locker from last year,” Wilkinson said. “We put all of his equipment and a picture and some pieces of poetry with Plexiglass over it. It remain there forever. It’s pretty cool; the jersey is hanging up in there.

“You walk in the locker room and see Eddie’s locker preserved as it was. It’s easy to get motivated. The biggest thing is performing every day at a very high level. You can wear as many patches and decals – which we certainly do – but the way to represent him best, is as Eddie would have it, by working so hard every day.

Keegan Wilkinson

“We did have a patch made for each jersey that reads ‘EC’ over the right heart. It’s an easy reminder. Obviously, the biggest honor each week is to be the guy selected to wear Eddie’s actual jersey. On Sunday when we opened with Sacred Heart it was neat seeing one of his classmates (Gannon Osborn) wearing his jersey.”

Wilkinson said Joka – who led the Colonials to their first Suburban One American Conference title last year – has many of the same attributes as Coombs.

“He started in the first game of his career and he scored two goals,” said Wilkinson. “He had a great man-up shot from the outside that he ripped. He was 2-for-2 in shooting; we need to generate more shots for him. He certainly can finish.

“It’s no surprise. When we were recruiting him he was a tough kid who could obviously fit in very well with the guys we had. Colin is a nice addition and we have a very strong attack.”

Joka said the Marist team had already been like a family before the tragedy. But losing Coombs has drawn the players even closer.

“I like the program; it’s pretty much a big family,” Joka said. “Everything we do, we do it for each other. We always have each other’s backs. You are looking for the extra pass. You trust them all; even off the field. We are always hanging out with one another.

“I understand that’s why he (Eddie) came here. I am glad I came here as well. I see that now.”