Archives for April 2012

Maverik Lacrosse releases ‘The Making of the Future is Here’ video on the popular new commercial

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 4/18/12

Maverik Lacrosse has released “The Making of The Future is Here,” a new behind-the-scenes video looking at the making of Maverik’s latest commercial, The Future is Here.

Maverik athletes (from left) Drew Adams (Springfield-Delco), Jovan Miller and Peet Poillon joined with Grant Ament (Haverford School) to make a Maverik commercial with a scene shot at Shipley School (Pa.)

The commercial first aired during ESPNU’s college lacrosse season opener on Friday, February 17th and will continue to run throughout the 2012 college lacrosse season on ESPN and ESPN2. The short film features several Maverik athletes, including John Christmas,  coach Peet Poillon, Joe Cinosky, and Billy Bitter.

Click here to view “The Making of The Future is Here”
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Make sure to visit the Maverik Lacrosse Facebook page for the latest gear, news and updates on all Maverik athletes.

Maverik’s inspirational commercial embodies an overall theme in which today’s generation of elite lacrosse players pass the torch onto the sports next generation. Maverik chose to feature non-traditional lacrosse settings across the country to better reflect the explosive growth of lacrosse and represent Maverik’s ongoing efforts to bring the sport to a new audience.

“The commercial was a true collaborative effort between Maverik’s creative team and Jalbert Productions,” John Gagliardi, Founder and CEO of Maverik Lacrosse. “We are all very proud of the final product and feel it will both inspire and motivate anyone who has ever played the game.”

Gear news: Maverik releases ‘Warm Up’ video starring former MLL Goalie of the Year Turner

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 4/10/12
From Press Releae

Maverik Lacrosse has released “Warm Up” the latest instructional video in the Maverik University video series starring 2010 MLL Goalkeeper of the Year and Brown University assistant coach, Kip Turner.

In Maverik’s latest video, Turner talks about the essentials of a proper goalie warm up and demonstrates several unique pregame drills that can be easily be worked into any goalies pregame routine. Click here to view“Warm Up” 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.

Kip Turner

“The goalie position is one of the most overlooked positions on the lacrosse field,” said Turner. “There is more to warming up a goalie than having a middie fire off random shots as hard as they can. I like to use several short stick drills to improve hand eye coordination in combination with a regular goalie warm up. All of my drills are focused on giving a goalie the opportunity work on their mechanics and getting their body behind the ball.”

Kip is a natural leader and one of lacrosse’s premier goalies. He was the starting goalie for three years at the University of Virginia where he helped guide the Cavaliers to two NCAA final fours, one NCAA national championship, one ACC championship, and was in-charge between the pipes for the only team in lacrosse history to post a 17-0 season. His dominance in goal garnered him All-American honors twice. In 2008, Turner was selected second overall in Major League Lacrosse’s draft by the Boston Cannons, the highest goalie ever picked in a draft. His hard work and determination was also recognized in 2010 when he was named the MLL Goalkeeper of the Year and garnered Defensive Player of the Week honors in weeks six, nine and ten.

“Kip is one of the most knowledgeable goalies you will find between the pipes and is someone future stars of our sport can learn a lot from,” said John Gagliardi, President and founder of Maverik Lacrosse. “His work ethic and passion for teaching is only matched by his love for playing lacrosse. We are really proud to have him represent our brand.”

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Gear News: TrueNorthOutlet.com offers gear every day at the most discounted prices

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 4/9/12

In the last few months, there has been a lot of buzz in the lacrosse community about a new deal-a-day website called TrueNorthOutlet.com.

Each day, seven days a week, TrueNorthOutlet.com selects one piece of lacrosse gear and sells a limited amount of this item at a deeply discounted price until the item is sold out. It is not uncommon to see products listed on the website at 70%- 80% off retail prices. Additionally, a new product is posted each day at 6:00PM (EST), but often sold out within a few hours. TrueNorthOutlet.com sells equipment from top brands like Gait, Brine, STX, Warrior, and Maverick. They also offer lifestyle items such as bags from Laxgear and popular apparel from companies like Reversible Lifestyle.

In recent years, many of the larger online retail stores started offering their own version of an online deal of the day. Unlike TrueNorthOutlet.com, however, the goal of these offers is usually to unload unwanted inventory – often unpopular colors or styles they have been unable to sell. But, finding incredible deals for their customers is the sole focus of TrueNorthOutlet.com, so they are able to search the lacrosse landscape each day for relevant and quality products, and then sell these items at unbeatable prices. The unique business model is predicated on smaller margins and a larger volume of sales, so the more items sold, the better pricing can be.

TrueNorthOutlet.com is also committed to the growth of this great sport of lacrosse. While the website attracts lacrosse players from the most competitive areas across the country, it also provides a great alternative to developing programs or players who are new to the sport and may not be able to afford lacrosse equipment at retail prices.

Visit www.TrueNorthOulet.com and check out the amazing deals for yourself. You can choose to sign up for daily alerts, like them on Facebook, and follow the deals on Twitter to avoid missing out on something great. Whether you are a player, parent, coach, or youth association member, this website has something for everyone.

Please direct any inquiries to tmerton@truenorthoutlet.com.

Gear News: Maverik releases ‘Wing Play’ instructional video featruing ML champion, team USA player Sweeney

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 4/8/12

Kyle Sweeney

Maverik Lacrosse today released “Wing Play” the latest instructional video in the Maverik University video series starring 2011 MLL Champion and 2010 Team USA World Champion member, Kyle Sweeney.

In Maverik’s latest video, Sweeney shares his knowledge of playing the wing as a long stick middie. He discusses how to win a face-off ground ball by focusing on field, stick and foot positioning. Click here to view “Wing Play” 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.

“Out thinking your opponent and speed are key elements to any player looking to dominant the wing position,” said Sweeney. “If you position yourself properly, box out and drive your opponent away from the ball the chances of your winning the ground ball and creating a scoring opportunity increase dramatically.”

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Sweeney has been a favorite of both indoor and outdoor professional lacrosse fans over the last nine years. In 2011, Kyle He played professionally for the Boston Cannons in Major League Lacrosse (MLL) and helped the team capture its first MLL Championship and his fourth. In 2004, 2006 and 2007, Kyle played for the now defunct Philadelphia Barrage taking home three MLL championships. Indoors, Kyle played eight years with the Philadelphia Wings in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) and in 2009 was named to the All-Star game as a reserve. In 2010, Kyle was also named to play for Team USA at the World Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland where the Americans won it all.

“Kyle is the definition of a shutdown defender meets offensive igniter,” said John Gagliardi, President and founder of Maverik Lacrosse. “He has single-handedly redefined the way wings play from the middle of the field and has made long stick middies an offensive threat. Kyle’s dedication to his sport and his unspoken work ethic, are evident in the success of Maverik and our efforts to grow the sport.”

Longstreth offers many types of footwear for girls’ lacrosse players

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 4/5/12

Every athlete knows the importance of a great shoe. There are a number of very good options this year for lacrosse specific footwear. Lacrosse footwear tends to be lighter and lower cut in comparison to a softball cleat and offers greater ankle support and an extra cleat at the center of the toe as compared to a soccer cleat.

Lacrosse footwear is designed to be light, to provide solid ankle support and to provide adequate traction at the toe of the shoe. ASICS, Nike, Under Armour, and New Balance all have new, updated models for the 2012 season. Each brand brings top technology, superior fit and comfort, as well as great style to their product lines. Here are some footwear basics to help select which type of shoe works best for you.

Knowing what type of surface you will be playing on is essential when selecting new athletic shoes. Turf Cleats or Turf Shoes can be used on artificial surfaces as well as dry grass fields. If you are playing on a natural grass surface, a Multipurpose Cleat or a Molded Cleat may work best for you. The photo shows the difference between each shoe type.

Turf Shoes have small, round grips that are perfect for surfaces where you do not need to “dig in.” This type of athletic shoe would fair well on artificial turf and groomed dry grass fields, but are not recommended for wet grass or muddy surfaces. Turf Shoes are a good choice for players with ankle or shin issues, as they offer more whole foot support. Turf Shoes are perfect for those training days when the team is doing a lot of running and agility work. Great examples of Turf shoes are the ASICS Gel Lethal Shot, Nike Team Destroyer 3, New Balance X, and Under Armour Contender 4 Turf.

Turf Cleats are also made for artificial turf and dry or wet grass fields. They provide more traction than Turf Shoes, while offering a sneaker or running shoe feel. Most Turf Cleats have a rubber outsole to provide cushion on hard surfaces. They feature longer shaped cleats. One of our most popular Turf Cleat is the ASICS Prevail.

Multi-purpose Cleats have both long cleats around the edge and smaller cleats in the center of the sole. These are perfect for natural grass fields – muddy or dry but are not recommended for hard natural surfaces. Although they can be worn on synthetic surfaces, they are not the best option. An example of the multi-purpose cleat is the Nike Landshark.

The Molded Cleats feature long hard-plastic cleats that dig into any natural grass surface. They should not be worn on artificial turf or hard surfaces as they will not offer adequate traction and may cause unnecessary strain on knees, shins and feet. Perfect examples of the molded cleat is the Nike Speedlax 3, Under Armour Contender 4 Cleat and the ASICS Gel Provost.

Remember, comfort is everything. When trying on shoes bring your game socks to make sure you get the right fit. Make sure the shoe doesn’t rub in the back – this will prevent blisters. Longstreth’s knowledgeable staff can help you select the perfect shoe! Visit www.longstreth.com 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.

Now that you know the basics, go out and tear up the field!

Click here to enter a raffle for a free pair of clearts (you will need to join Longstreth email list).

Below are links to many of the top-selling cleats at Longstreth

ASICS Gel Lethal Shot: https://www.longstreth.com/ASICS-WOMENS-GEL-LETHAL-SHOT-TURF-SHOE/productinfo/9TAGLST12/

Nike Team Destroyer 3:
https://www.longstreth.com/Nike-Womens-Team-Destroyer-Turf-Shoe/productinfo/9TNTD3X1/

New Balance X:
https://www.longstreth.com/New-Balance-X-Turf-Shoe/productinfo/9TBX12/

Under Armour Contender 4 Turf: https://www.longstreth.com/UNDER-ARMOUR-CONTENDER-4-WOMENS-TURF-SHOE/productinfo/9TUAC412/

ASICS Prevail: https://www.longstreth.com/ASICS-WOMENS-GEL-PREVAIL-TURF-CLEAT/productinfo/9TCAGP12/

Nike Landshark: https://www.longstreth.com/Nike-Youth-Land-Shark-Multi-Purpose-Cleat-2010/productinfo/9CNLSJX/

Nike Speedlax 3:
https://www.longstreth.com/Nike-Speed-Lax-3-Womens-Lacrosse-Cleat/productinfo/9CNSL311/

Under Armour Contender 4 Cleat : https://www.longstreth.com/UNDER-ARMOUR-CONTENDER-4-WOMENS-CLEAT/productinfo/9CUAC412/

ASICS Gel Provost:
https://www.longstreth.com/Asics-Gel-Provost-Womens-Lacrosse-Cleat/productinfo/9CAGWP11/

Gear News: Evanfest (Pa.) lacrosse festival selling t-shirts to raise money for families with children that have life-threatening illnesses

By Chris Goldberg
LaxGearZone.com, Posted 4/4/12

The 6th annual Evanfest lacrosse festival April 14 at Malvern Prep (Pa.) will feature a hot new t-shirt, its largest field and a most impressive high school game to cap off a special day of celebration and remembrance.

This year a record 40 youth boys’ lacrosse teams from the region will compete in 6th, 7th and 8th grade divisions. Each team will play twice on six fields, and the event will conclude at approximately 4 p.m. when Malvern Prep hosts Long Island power St. Anthony’s.

The Evanfest t-shirt is a steal for $10; proceeds go to the foundation that has raised $500,000 for families with children that have a life-threatening illness

Evanfest honors the legacy of Evan Brady, a Malvern Prep grad who passed away Sept. 21, 2005, after a lengthy battle with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer). The event has raised over $500,000 and helped 125 families that have a child with a life-threatening illness.

Bill Brady, Evan’s father and the creator of the event, said the number of teams rose from its usual 24 or 26 because Malvern finished building its sixth field. The highlight of the day will be the high school matchup between the Friars of St. Anthony’s (2-0), ranked No. 1 by ESPNHS in its POWERADE FAB 50, and the Friars of Malvern (2-3, ranked No. 36).

Evanfest, which begins at 8 a.m. is run by an all-volunteer staff and all money donated goes directly to families in need. There is no admission to the event, but all donations are accepted and there will be plenty of Evanfest gear and food and drinks at the concessions.

The tradition of closing with a high school game began two years ago when Malvern played St. Joseph’s Prep on Evanfest. Current Malvern coach Dave Metzbower is friends with St. Anthony’s coaches and the game was added recently when both teams looked to fill their schedules.

“I think it’s awesome,” Bill Brady said. “Our area of lacrosse has grown so much that teams of the caliber of St. Anthony’s want to come here and play our same high caliber teams.”

This year Evanfest is again selling a special t-shirt. The maroon polyester, made by A4, sells for just $10 still and features a lax head log with Evan’s No. 19 and the familiar “Laxgiving for Children I Need”.

The t-shirts also can be purchased through lacrosse players at the following college campuses: Oberlin College men, Villanova men & women, North Carolina men, St. Joseph’s men, Loyola men, Holy Cross men, Franklin & Marshall men, Bryant men, Drexel men, Cabrini men & woman, Delaware women, James Madison women, Univ of Penn men & Penn State men & women. The Malvern Prep and Penncrest high school programs are also selling the shirts.

Brady is happy to take pre-orders for larger amounts of t-shirts. Pickups can be arranged at the event or by contacting him at bill@evanfest.com.

Gear News: Maverik releases ‘Roll Dodge’ video by Jovan Miller

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 4/3/12

Maverik Lacrosse has released “Roll Dodge” the latest instructional video in the Maverik University video series starring Charlotte Hounds midfielder, two-time National Champion and former All-American midfielder at Syracuse University, Jovan Miller.

In Maverik’s latest video, Jovan shows midfielders how to use a roll dodge to create time and space to shoot or move the ball to counter a defensive slide.

Jovan Miller

“Roll Dodge” is valuable video for any midfielder dodging from the top of the box, looking to create time and room for their hands. Click here to view “Roll Dodge” 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.

Click here for Miller’s Roll Dodge YouTube video

“As defenders continue to get bigger, faster and stronger, it becomes increasingly more important for midfielders and attackers to have a variety of moves in their repertoire,” said Miller. “The roll dodge in particular, is a move you can use all over the field, not just around the goal. Using multiple dodges makes you less predictable and much more of a threat to the defense.”

A native of Syracuse, NY, Miller was as highly touted Division 1 Football recruit, but gained the attention of several D1 lacrosse programs after playing in the Empire State Games. While at Syracuse, the 6 foot, 200 pound midfielder won two NCAA National Championships with the Orange, scoring 35 goals and recording 29 assists. Miller was drafted 8th overall by the Rochester Rattlers in the 2011 Major League Lacrosse draft and recorded four goals and four assists in his rookie season.

“Jovan’s positive attitude, contagious personality and passion for teaching lacrosse make him someone you want to be around,” said John Gagliardi, President and founder of Maverik Lacrosse. “He has done a tremendous job representing Maverik in Dallas and is quickly becoming a fixture in the lacrosse community. We are proud to have him as a member of our team.”