.@EpochLax introduces 2015 Dragonfly Gen.5 F30 face-off shaft for face-off specialists

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 10/17/14
From Press Release

Competition at the face-off X is fierce and the new NCAA rules will make hand speed and clamping power even more crucial. Epoch Lacrosse, today unveiled the 2015 Dragonfly Gen.5 F30 face-off shaft that is designed solely with the face-off specialist in mind.

Dragonfly Gen.5 F30-Face-Off Shaft

Dragonfly Gen.5 F30-Face-Off Shaft

Epoch picked the brains of its partners The Face-Off Factory and their staff of elite coaches to identify their wish list for a shaft. Epoch took its research to the next level by utilizing high-speed movie cameras to study the ergonomics and connection between a player’s hands in relation to the shaft to find the ideal balance between comfort, performance and durability. No expense was spared in designing the shaft. The 2015 Dragonfly Gen.5 F30 uses hi-grade carbon fiber materials and production techniques that are usually reserved for military grade products.

“It is really nice to see a company who actually listens to the people who use their products and goes out of their way to deliver a product that exceeds our expectations,” said Bryan Burkhart, founder of the Face-Off Factory. “We put this shaft into the hands of hundreds of youth, high school and Division I players this past summer and heard nothing but rave reviews.”

The game-changing F30 shaft with its MOTOGrip is designed to maximize clamping power and torque at the draw. The green color provides a contrasting color to a players gloves and head. The concave shaft on the lower half of the shaft provides a standard shape for comfortable passing and shooting after you win the draw and drive to the cage.

Here are some facts about the F30:

Length: 30”
Geometry: FOGO
Material: Composite/ Carbon FiberGen5
MSRP: $140
Flex: iQ5
Release Point: Uniform
Technology Platform: A.C.L. with Axis Technology
Reload Technology: Yes
Warranty: 1-Year
Colors: Carbon Gray

“Equipment manufacturers have pretty much ignored the face-off position over the years,” said James Miceli, Principal at Epoch Lacrosse. “We thought it was time that these hard working athletes get equipment custom tailored to meet the grueling demands of their position.”

Click here for video on the 2015 Dragonfly Gen.5 F30 face-off shaft

High school gear: Central Bucks East (Pa.) flashes new swag, wins 8th straight title

LaxgearZone.com, Posted 6/20/12

Central Bucks East (Pa.) not only tied for its eighth straight Suburban One boys’ lacrosse championship in 2012, it looked flashy doing so.

CB East gear

The Patriots flashed all new gear this year thanks to the team coaches and the CB East Lacrosse Parents Association.

All clothing was ordered through WaveOne in Conshohocken with the help of Paul Oppenheimer.

Warrior riot gloves; Cascade CPR-X helmet with Zima wraps

This year the Patriots went 19-3 and shared the Suburban One Continental Conference title (11-1 record) with Hatboro-Horsham. The Pats have won or tied every Continental Conference championship since the league was split into the current three-conference setup six years ago; they won the overall Suburban One crowns the two years before. CB East reached the second round of the District 1 tournament this season.

The gear included:

Under Armour uniforms

WaveOne Sublimated Shooting Shirts – Custom Order

Under Armour hoodie

Uniforms, Hoodies, String Bag – All Under Armour

WaveOne sublimate shooting shirts - gray

Gloves – Custom Order Riots from Warrior. Ordered from Universal Lacrosse in Doylestown.

WaveOne sublimated shooting shirts

Cascade CPX-R Helmet Wraps are Custom Ordered from Zima Gear.

The Shooting Shirts were designed by Roxanne Monte at WaveOne. Gloves were designed by CB East seniors Parker Self and Chris Vetter with Universal Lacrosse and Warrior. Helmet Wraps were designed by assistant coach Paul McGovern with Zima.

High school lacrosse: La Salle (PA) hosts DeMatha (DC) today in Fallen Heroes Lacrosse Game; Adrenaline is sponsor

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 4/21/12

The second annual Fallen Heroes Lacrosse Game to honor Travis Manion and Brendan Looney will be held today at 2 p.m. when La Salle College High School (Pa.) hosts DeMatha Catholic High School (D.C.).

Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, USMC, (left) with best friend LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney, US

The game was created to remember 1st Lt. Travis Manion, USMC, a 1999 La Salle alum, standout lacrosse player and wrestler, who was killed by a sniper while serving in Iraq on April 29, 2007.

Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, USMC, (left) with best friend LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney, US

Manion’s best friend, LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney, a DeMatha grad, was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Sept. 25, 2010. Looney and Manion, roommates at the US Naval Academy, were laid to rest side-by-side at Arlington National Cemetery.

Manion starred for La Salle but did not play lacrosse at Navy; instead he excelled as a wrestler. Looney picked up lacrosse while at Navy and became a key midfielder for a team that went to the NCAA semifinals.

The event is being run by the Travis Manion Foundation and is sponsored for the second year by Adrenaline.

Adrenaline will provide custom apparel and present a player on each team with the Manion-Looney Adrenaline Heart Award and outfit them in head-to-toe Adrenaline apparel. The players chosen will have exemplified the spirit and teamwork demonstrated so foten by Manion and Looney on and off the playing fields.

La Salle – which won last year’s game, 9-4, at Navy – is 6-3. DeMatha is 6-6.

Donations to Foundation

All contributions for the event and the foundation are greatly appreciated. Please forward and questions or concerns through the Foundation office (information listed below).

Travis Manion Foundation
PO Box 1485 Doylestown, PA 18901
215-348-9080 Phone
215-348-9980 Fax

The Travis Manion Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Organization

West Chester (Pa.) high school boys’ teams square off in memorial game to honor youth coach that passed away last summer

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 4/17/12

The inaugural “Drew Bauer City Championship Memorial Game” will be held Tuesday night (7:00) in Pennsylvania when West Chester East hosts West Chester Henderson in a Ches-Mont League boys’ lacrosse game.

West Chester East (left) and West Chester Henderson (right) will square off to honor a fallen hero

Drew Bauer died last summer in a boating accident in the Sassafras River on the Chesapeake in Maryland. Drew played at East and was a popular and beloved coach for many years in the West Chester Youth and Keystone Games as well as a player on men’s teams in the county.


East coach Jim Schorn, a close friend to Drew and his family, created the memorial event to recognize Drew’s many contributions to the sport and to youth lacrosse with West Chester’s strongest rivalry (Drew played at East and his brother, Nate, was an East graduate while his brother, Sam, graduated from Henderson). Schorn’s club team, “Man Up,” also donated a Cascade Pro7 helmet that shows East’s colors on one side and Henderson’s on the other to honor the game and the rivalry. Henderson grads and supporters Ryan Cranston and Sean Evans – both of whom were coached by Bauer in post-collegiate leagues – donated time to develop the helmet.


There will be a trophy passed back and forth to the winner of the game every year to display in their trophy case. Also, a player who best exemplifies Drew’s commitment to the sport will be recognized after the game as the Bauer Blue Collar recipient and given a piece of gear donated by Lacrosse International.

Drew began coaching youth lacrosse when he was a sophomore at West Chester East High School and continued coaching after attending college at St. Joseph’s University. He coached several years for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Penn Stars youth team and had been coaching in the West Chester Lacrosse Association since 1998.

Drew, the son of WCLA President Mike Bauer, also coached for many years with the Chester County U-15 team at the Keystone Games as the defensive coordinator. He was to serve as an assistant for the team that competes last summer in the annual event at State College. Drew, along with Schorn, coached Chester County to the gold medal at the Keystone Games in 2010.

West Chester East

“Drew was a great young man who gave for no purpose but to give and help the young men of our community,” Schorn said. “His dad is the head of West Chester youth and a huge reason why West Chester has youth lacrosse.

“Drew and his family have sacrificed a lot over the last 20 years for lacrosse in Chester County This family has been doing this for years and supporting them tomorrow night would be a great thing.”

Gear Check: See the duds for Saturday’s Nike ‘Checking for Cancer’ tourney at Haverford School (Pa.)

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 4/13/12

Haverford School (Pa.) is hosting the 4th annual Checking for Cancer Lacrosse Invitational (sponsored by Nike) Saturday, when many of the top boys’ lacrosse teams will compete for on a stage that also can help save lives.

Aside from great competition, the primary purpose and motivation behind the formation of CFC is to promote awareness of Prostate, Colorectal and Testicular Cancers.

Nike 'Checking for Cancer' custom uniforms, socks, shooting shirt, laces and decal and Haverford School helmet

Haverford School coach John Nostrant, a prostate cancer survivor, and close friend Kevin Giblin, the coach at Georgetown Prep, created the tourney to raise awareness for early detection of the three men’s cancers and all cancer.


On the business side, CFC has raised over $80,000 in just three years, with all event profits earmarked for cancer research and for those organizations in need of special support. Last year’s total contribution of $42,000 was donated to the University of Pennsylvania – Livestrong Center of Excellence and West Philadelphia Outreach Program, the Kimmel Cancer Center, Cuddle My Kids and Great Guys Group.

For more information, please visit the Checking for Cancer website at www.checkingforcancer.org.

The Checking for Cancer committee has focused on a uniform (jerseys and matching shorts) based on the Carolina Blue colors signifying men’s cancers. Haverford wore the Carolina Blue jersey in the inaugural event three years ago and wears the uniforms every year to honor the event and coach Nostrant and many others who have fought these diseases.

Other gear showcased today includes custom game jerseys and shorts, custom shooting shirts, custom socks,  custom t-shirts, as well as the laces and helmet decals.

Checking for cancer laces, decals, bracelets

The event features seven teams ranked in the Top 25 by MaxPreps, including No. 1 Conestoga (Pa.) vs. No. 6 Garden City (N.Y.) and No. 4 Haverford School vs. No. 12 Lawrenceville School (N.J.).

More on the event can be learned by listening to the podcast of Nostrant on the “Lax High” national radio show taped last week on the Lacrosse Radio Network. The show was hosted by Chris Goldberg, owner of Lacrosse Media and editor of Phillylacrosse.com. Lax High can be accessed through the Internet by clicking here..

The schedule:
(Rankings are by MaxPreps)

9 a.m.: No. 21 La Salle (Pa.) vs St. Augustine Prep (N.J.), Sabol Field
11 a.m.: No. 22 Episcopal Academy (Pa.) vs Radnor (Pa.) – Class of ’75 Field
11 a.m.: No. 1 Conestoga (Pa.) vs No. 6 Garden City (N.Y.) – Sabol Field
1 p.m.: No. 4 Haverford School (Pa.) vs No. 12 Lawrenceville School (N.J.) – Sabol Field
1 p.m.: Wilton (Conn.) vs Penn Charter (Pa.) – Class of ’75 Field
3 p.m.: Salesianum School (Del.) vs Chatham (N.J.) – Class of ’75 Field
3 p.m.: No. 18 Georgetown Prep (Md.) vs Delbarton (N.J.) – Sabol Field


11:00 AM Merion Mercy (PA) vs Downingtown East (PA) – Grass Field
1:00 PM Agnes Irwin (PA) vs Germantown Friends (PA) – Grass Field

Boys JV

3:00 PM Haverford School (PA) vs Conestoga (PA) – Memorial Field

High School Gear: Newton North (MA) captains combine to showcase Tigers’ gear

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 3/26/12

Four senior captains for the Newton North High (MA) Tigers worked together to help design their team’s gear logos for 2012.

Cascade Pro7 helmet, Brine King 3 gloves

The four – Nate Menninger (LSM), Ben Howard (defenseman), Will Spiro (attackman) and Jake Schearman – decided a simple Newton North “N” and Tiger logo would be best.

Under Armour pinnie, shooting shirt, practice shorts

Last year Spiro designed the team’s shooting shirts, pinnies and shorts.

“I got involved in designing the gear to give our team an image,” said Spiro, a three-year starter who has scored over 50 career goals. “It can pull everyone together when we all have cool stuff.”

“I feel that outfitting the team the way the players want more so than what the coach wants not only makes us feel more confident but might also attract more fans,” said Menninger, who is committed to Hamilton. “Lacrosse has become a sport that is almost as involved in fashion as it is in skill and technique. Clothes add a layer of comfort ability and ‘swag’ that is unique to the team, and in turn, the individual player.”

Under Armour game shorts

Said Howard: “I think players like to look good when they play. I’ve always liked the motto ‘look good, feel good, play good’ and I think it applies to many sports, lacrosse include of course.
“I think players like to look good and feel confident when they are on the field, and as a result more players have taken interest in designing their team’s gear.”

Howard believes the Tigers can be a state contender this year. The Tigers return most of their starters from a team that went 10-9 and reached the playoffs in 2011.

“As far is this years season goes I think our team is excited and shooting to make a run deep into post season play. That is something our program hasn’t accomplished for quite a while now and I think we have a great group of committed athletes who are willing to do what it takes to get the result we want.

“We hope to make a good run in the playoffs, of course, but we have to start with the regular season and making it into the playoffs,” Spiro said. “We have many returning starters and should be really good based off of what I have seen this preseason. “

Menninger is also confident of his team’s chances.

“Like any team our expectations are to win the state championships,” he said. “We feel we will have the best shot at doing so this year because of who we’ve got coming back. Our success will be determined by our work ethic.”

Here on LaxGearZone, Newton North is showing its Under Armour pinnie, shooting shirts and game and practice shorts, as well as its Cascade Pro7 helmet, and Brine King 3 gloves.

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High school Gear: Gonzaga (D.C.) Purple Eagles flash new helmets

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 3/22/12

Gonzaga College High (D.C.) has long been a power in the Potomac region, winning back-tback Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships. This year the team is 6-0 and ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation by Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse, MaxPreps and ESPNHS.

Gonzaga Pro 7 helmets with logo by ZimaGear

But the team is also known for its cool nickname, the Purple Eagles.

Last year Gonzaga made the national headlines when sophomore Matt Borda hurled an unbelievable full-field goal to clinch the conference title vs. Good Counsel.

The Purple Eagles will be playing Saturday vs. Wootton (4 p.m.) in the LacrossePlayground.com Spring Classic at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

LaxGearZone.com is showcasing the Purple Eagles’ new wing decals by ZimaGear on their Cascade Pro 7 helmets.

High School Gear: Lower Merion (PA) wearing 4th ID Army Infantry decals to honor older brother deployed in Afghanistan

By Chris Goldberg
LaxGearZone.com, Posted 3/21/12

This year Lower Merion (Pa.) will honor 4th ID Army Infantry by wearing the division decal on their helmets. Freshman Paddy Black, a varsity midfielder for the Aces, wanted to honor the unit since his brother, former lacrosse player Brandon Mader (Class of 2007), is deployed with the unit in Afghanistan.

The following is Black’s first-person description of the idea to honor his brother’s unit.

Lower Merion Cascade Pro-7 helmet with 4th ID decal

The Decals

“I recently asked Coach (Mike) Borsch if it was OK to wear a decal on the back of my helmet this season to honor my brother while he was deployed. He quickly said yes and informed me that not only would I be wearing the decal, but the whole team.

“After discussions with my family it was decided that we would wear the 4th Infantry Division decal -not only to honor my brother but his whole division. For it is the whole division that makes the team and their motto ‘Steadfast and Loyal.’ It seems not only to apply to the 4ID, to my LM team, but also the history of the game.”

4th ID

“The 4th ID is one of the Army’s most recognized infantry divisions. The 4th ID was one of the first modern Infantry divisions in the US. They have been in almost every war the US has fought.

“They have fought in World Wars 1 and 2, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. They are sent everywhere around the world. The 4th ID was one of the first combative Army units sent into Iraq. On 13, December 2003, the 1st Brigade of the 4th ID provided perimeter security for the U.S. Special Operations Forces that captured Saddam Hussein, former President of Iraq.

“The division rotated out of Iraq in the Spring of 2004, and was relieved by the 1st Infantry Division. In May 2009, 1st and 2d Battalions, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4BCT, 4ID, deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The 1st Battalion was based in the Arghandab River valley, west of Kandahar. The 2nd Battalion was based in the Pech River Valley, Kunar Province, home to the Korengal, Waygal, Shuriak, and Wata Pour Valleys.

“During its time in the Pech Valley the 2d Battalion saw heavy fighting throughout the area. In June 2010, Task Force 1-12 and Lethal Warrior (2-12), 4th BCT, 4th Infantry Division redeployed to Fort Carson, Col., after a successful 12-month combat deployment in Afghanistan.

“Since December 1917, the 4th Infantry Division has remained ‘Steadfast and Loyal.'”

My brother Brandon Mader

“Brandon graduated from Lower Merion High School in 2007. At LM he played lacrosse all four years. He played junior varsity his freshman year and varsity in his sophomore, junior and senior year. During his junior and senior year he was named one of the team’s captains.

“After high school, Brandon went on to college to play D-3 lacrosse at Immaculata University. He started as a freshman and was also a team captain. After his freshman year ended, he felt as if something was missing. That summer he announced that he was going to join the Army, a dream he had since he was little.

“He told us that he was leaving the following June to go to Fort Benning, GA, for basic training. After basic training ended in September, he was told he was going to be stationed in Hawaii or Colorado. A week later he found out he was going to be stationed with the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Col.

“There he trained for a month with his unit, 2nd Battalion-12th Infantry Regiment. After that month he was shipped out to Kunar Province, Afghanistan. He left in November of 2009. Thankfully in May of 2010 he returned to Fort Carson. After debriefing, he came home. In February of 2011 he attended Air Assault School in Kentucky and the Warrior Leader Course in Colorado. After that he returned to train with his unit because it was scheduled to ship out in March 2012.

“Brandon recently arrived in Afghanistan to start his second tour. Upon arrival he went in his bag to get his lacrosse stick out. Soon after, Mom got a message from him. It simply said ‘Mom can you please send me a shaft? I forgot mine In Colorado. I thought I packed it all, but I only have the head.’

“She replied ‘Sure Brandon.'”

High School Gear: Archbishop Wood (PA) shows off custom gloves and uniforms among its swag

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 3/20/12

Brine Custom Name and Number King 3 gloves

Armed with many key returnees, Archbishop Wood is looking to challenge for the top playoff positions this year in the Philadelphia Catholic League.

The Vikings, who went 8-10 last year, open Friday at Central Bucks West and open their home season March 27 at home vs. Bicentennial League champion New Hope-Solebury.

Cascade Pro-7 helmet

Coach Jim Beury’s Vikings are featured today on LaxGearZone with gear from LaxZone (Ambler, Pa.):

*Custom Brine King 3 gloves with player names and numbers on the side

*Stitched custom-made New Balance jerseys (home and away)

*and Cascade Pro-7 helmets, featuring the team logo on the side and Mohawk strip on the top.

Stitched New Blance uniforms - black

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Checking out the HS Gear: Springfield-Delco (PA) is a perennial state power

By Chris Goldberg
LaxGearZone.com, Posted 3/10/12

Our first high school presentation for LaxGearZone.com comes from the Springfield-Delco boys’ lacrosse team, a perennial power from the powerful Central League in Pennsylvania.

Springfield-Delco's Nike Baltimore Game Jersey

Nike Shooting Shirt

The Cougars, coached by Tom Lemieux, were Central League champions and the District 1

White Uniforms

runners-up in 2010 after placing third in the district in 2009. Last year they went 11-8 and reached the second round of the District 1 tournament.

Maverik arm, elbow pads

The gear shown today includes:

Cascade Pro7 helmet

Nike Lacrosse Baltimore Game Jerseys – blue, gold, white
Nike Shooting Shirts
Maverik arm, elbow pads
Maverik Rome Gloves
Nike pinnies

Nike pinnies

Cascade Pro7 helmets

Gold uniforms

Maverik Rome Gloves

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