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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