.@EpochLax adds limited edition GOLD Gen.6 Dragonfly Shaft

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 1/11/16
From Press Release

Epoch Lacrosse continues to push the boundaries of lacrosse equipment technology while also setting the tone for the industry with its bold graphic designs. Epoch today unveiled its limited edition GOLD Gen.6 Dragonfly shaft that was influenced by high tech electronic products and urban fashion trends.Dragonfly-Gold-e1452543479641

The Gen.6 Dragonfly limited edition gold shaft will feature the Dragonfly logo in solid GOLD with a corresponding pinstripe that runs the length of the shaft with Epoch’s proprietary black textured surface serving as the primary background color. Epoch’s GOLD shaft will only be available in men’s shafts and come in either a 30” shaft (C30 — $140) or a 60” shaft (C60 — $200) and come in flex profiles ranging from a mid flex (iQ5) to a soft flex (iQ9).

The black Epoch Hawk Sequel head featured in the video and images are covered under Epoch’s industry changing warranty policy. In August of 2015, Epoch made a game changing announcement that came out in full support of the lacrosse dying community and that it was removing the word “dying” from its warranty policy making all dyed Epoch lacrosse heads covered under warranty.

“We like to take the lead in everything that bares our name,” said James Miceli, principal and founder of Epoch Lacrosse. “Whether it is experimenting with the latest carbon composite materials or analyzing the latest cultural trends, Epoch products will never be boring.”

Check out a video on the GOLD Gen.6 Dragonfly Shaft.

.@EpochLax signs face-off specialist Charlie Raffa to team of endorsed athletes

LaxgearZone.com Posted 12/20/15
From Press Release

Face-off specialist and two-time All-American selection at the University of Maryland Charlie Raffa is the newest member of Epoch Lacrosse’s team of endorsed athletes.

Charlie Raffa

Charlie Raffa

In 2016, Raffa will be putting Epoch’s Gen.6 F30 FOGO face-off shaft through its paces and providing Epoch’s designers with real world feedback on the recently launched Hawk Sequel head and Otter Mesh.

“Charlie is a remarkable athlete and his knowledge and shear dominance at the face-off X is unparalleled,” said James Miceli, principal and founder of Epoch Lacrosse. “We are excited to get our products into Charlie’s hands and have him put our products especially the F30 through its paces. His unbiased appraisal will pay huge dividends in the development of all of our products.”

A native of Syosset, NY, Raffa has been on fast track to lacrosse success since his playing days at St. Anthony’s High School, where he was a two-time NSCHSAA All-League selection, 2011 Under Armour All-American selection and led St. Anthony’s to back-to-back NY state championships. Playing for the Terrapins Raffa, played in 42 games over the coarse of his junior and senior years and recorded 11 goals and 3 assists for 14 points. Charlie won 373 of his 612 face-offs for a .609 win percentage while also recording 229 ground balls.

.@EpochLax limited edition White Gen.6 Dragonfly shaft returns

LacGearZone.com, Posted 12/8/15
from Press Release

Epoch Lacrosse today announced that its popular Gen.6 Dragonfly limited edition white shafts will once again be available in limited quantities just in time for the holiday’s at authorized Epoch retailers.Dragonfly2
The limited edition white Gen.6 Dragonfly shaft will feature the Dragonfly logo in all black outlined in 382C with an end cap in the same color. The men’s shafts will available in either a 30” shaft (C30 — $140) or a 60” shaft (C60 — $200) and come in flex profiles ranging from a mid flex (iQ5) to a soft flex (iQ9). Epoch is also making its entire line up of women’s shafts (WC32, WS 32, WT32 and WX32) available in white.Dragonfly 3

“Since the launch of our our first Dragonfly shaft back in 2011 white has become one of our most popular colors,” said Ryan Hurley, National Sales Representative at Epoch Lacrosse. “It is amazing, white has become an iconic color for our brand. Plus, players have told us that they feel a white shaft helps them standout on the field and get noticed.”

Click here for a video on the Gen.6 DragonflyDragonfly

About Epoch Lacrosse

Epoch Lacrosse delivers the finest manufactured lacrosse equipment designed to increase playability and maximize performance by utilizing world-class materials and manufacturing techniques. Epoch tests and re-tests each of its designs to ensure optimal durability, playability and performance. Epoch’s goal is simple, to give players every opportunity to reach their true potential. Live. Play. Be.

The @EpochLax Hawk Sequel: Flexibility, performance, beauty

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 12/1/15
From Press Release and Staff Report

Epoch Lacrosse last week revealed its long awaited and highly anticipated seSequel-e14483856945161cond head, The Hawk Sequel. Epoch’s designers drew their inspiration from Italian supercars and engineered The Sequel for pure on field performance with a subtle eye-appealing design.

“From an aesthetics standpoint, a lot of players like our design,” said James Miceli, principal and founder of Epoch Lacrosse. “We looked at the Lamborghini and other cars and worked to understand how they make these works of art, that are worthy of being in a museum.

“At the same time these are the highest performing cars. You look at the Sequel; it’s so clean, we were meticulous and they are literally pieces of art in their design. Yet they are built absolutely to perform on the field.

See The Hawk Sequel video

The Sequel’s Laid-Back profile caters to players who prefer a mid-to-high pocket, a lightening quick release point and superior ball control. Epoch also designed The Sequel’s bottom rail to allow players to effortlessly string multiple pocket types, including a tight channel or a shifty pocket for all around performance.

“We designed the Hawk Sequel for players that like the mid to high pocket,” said Miceli. “Whether it’s an attackman or whoever likes the two hands on the stick, they can release it at any time. That’s why we designed it that way.

“What we learned is that some like the pocket shifty and want to be able to go high and still at some times want to go one handed. We redesigned the high pocket to now allow for one-handed so they can use the lower part of the pocket. We made it more versatile without taking away the advantages of the original Hawk.”Sequel 2

Epoch’s designers also paid great attention to The Sequel’s scoop. It is ergonomically maximized for playing on both artificial and natural turf surfaces. The Sequel’s scoop is designed to improve the sticks contact with the ground, resulting in smoother and faster ground balls.

“In terms of scoop, we probably spent most research and development on what players like,” Miceli said. “We looked at how players attack groundballs on artificial vs turf and looked at engineering and picture to measure different angles of scoop. We feel we came up with the shape of the scoop angle for all different variables.

“The Sequel is a groundball machine; not only can you handle the ball and keep it as low as possible, you can also go out and get ball if it’s on the turf or the ground. It scoops like butter.”

The Sequel is manufactured with Epoch’s proprietary blend of materials creating a super tough polymer with maximized stiffness and flexibility properties and also UV protection. The Hawk Sequel continues to build upon the collaborative relationship with Flip Naumburg and it’s patent pending design builds upon years of innovation.

Manufactured with pride in the USA The Sequel comes with a 1-year limited manufacturer warranty.

Miceli said the Hawk sticks provide flexibility in use and does not restrict by position.

“The market typically wants to put products into three or four boxes: attack, midfielders, defenders and goalies,” he said. “We look at the game completely differently; we look at it by style.Sequel 3

“We spent a lot of time studying this. Style is dictated or supported by the pocket you use; whether you dodge with two hands and if you come down the alley and rip it or come around the net and hit it with the two-handed Canadian style.”

“I would say that the mid-high pocket could be for an attackman, midfielder or defensemen. If they use the traditional one-handed cradle and try to get the ball nice and low with one arm out, that traditional style is indicative of the type that likes the more mid to low pocket.

The Hawk Sequel Tech Specs:
FlexiQ: 3
Profile: Laid Back
Pocket Location: Mid-High (Zone 4)
Spec: Universal
Warranty: 1 Year (Limited)
Made in USA
Material: Composite Injected Polymer
MSRP: $100 USD

Miceli said the Hawk and Hawks Sequel feature heads that allow the player to shoot and pass from different angles and not allow the goalie to figure a pattern.

“The Hawk is a very dramatically different head,” Miceli said. “It doesn’t curves like a spoon like conventional heads. When the 2014 Hawk came out a lot of people were unsure, but it’s been one of the top-selling heads. We are bullish; we think more and more will try it. It is engineered for performance. By having the had back instead, the player can adjust the trajectory of the ball while released from the pocket.

“Why kids like the extra whip is that by adjusting trajectory they can string a little more and still get a really good trajectory and be able to pass without having to alter their throwing motion.

Like a baseball batter that times the pitch, a lot of times goalies look at the depth that the player is accustomed to show in his release point. By changing the shape of the head, players can alter their shot and goalies will be guessing wrong.

Players also have found they like to cradle with the Hawk, which can be used with all types of stringing options.

“You have more control when cradling,” Miceli said. “We adjusted it so the stringer can string multiple types of pockets, or shifty pockets. We wanted to cater it to the many stringing options. We tried to think of anything that can accommodate multiple types of players.”

Miceli has always been proud of Epoch’s development team, all of whom played the game and will not sacrifice performance at any cost.

“We are a design and technology company that concentrates on lacrosse, not a lacrosse company that concentrates on design,” he said. “We use design to solve problems and we are constantly trying to improve things. We’re lacrosse players and this is what we would use if we were still playing. We are only going to build products that we would have used.”

.@EpochLax unveils limited edition Dragonfly Shafts

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 11/7/14
From Press Release

Epoch Lacrosse today unveiled Limited Edition White and Techno-Color MMXV Dragonfly Gen.5 C30 and C60 shafts. The shafts will be available in limited quantities at authorized Epoch retailers just in time for the holidays.

“We received thousands of requests from players through e-mail and social media to bring back the original all white color scheme used on our Gen.2 and Gen.3 Dragonfly shafts,” said Ryan Hurley, National Sales Representative at Epoch Lacrosse. “After talking with numerous players it was clear that they were choosing products with less technology in order to get the clean white look they loved. So, it was an easy decision to make our latest Gen.5 shaft technology available in all white and give them what they wanted.”Dragonfly

Epoch also found that players loved the crisp new graphics on the Dragonfly Gen.5 but wanted more colors to choose from. Enter the MMXV Gen.5 Dragonfly Techno-Color series of shafts. The Techno-Color series of shafts will feature yellow, red or blue graphics.

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About Epoch Lacrosse:

Epoch Lacrosse delivers the finest manufactured lacrosse equipment designed to increase playability and maximize performance by utilizing world-class materials and manufacturing techniques. Epoch tests and re-tests each of its designs to ensure optimal durability, playability and performance. Epoch’s goal is simple, to give players every opportunity to reach their true potential. Live. Play. Be.

Visit www.EpochLacrosse.com to learn more about Epoch products.

.@EpochLax introduces the FireFly shaft

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 10/25/14
From Press Release

Epoch Lacrosse on Friday proudly introduced the newest member of its carbon fiber shaft family, the FireFly. The FireFly, which will retail for $100 msrp (30”) and $160 msrp (60” defensive shaft), has the same DNA and state of the art materials as Epoch’s revolutionary Dragonfly line of carbon fiber shafts. The FireFly is designed for the advancing player looking to make the jump from an alloy to a carbon fiber shaft.

Firefly

Firefly

“Up until recently manufacturing anything made out of carbon fiber has been very cost prohibitive for a large segment of the population,” said James Miceli, Principal at Epoch Lacrosse. “Our market research found that the only thing holding back players from making the jump to a carbon fiber shaft in the past has been the price point. It is only after years of refining the manufacturing process that we can now offer a mid-priced carbon fiber shaft that meets and exceeds the demands of players.”

The FireFly has a clean minimalistic look with bold new graphic treatments highlighting the FireFly name and the company’s “Live. Play. Be.” tag line. It will draw on Epoch’s popular concave geometry and come with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty.

“We pride ourselves on pushing the evolutionary boundaries of lacrosse equipment development,” added Miceli. “The FireFly is just one of several new products that we will be unveiling for the 2015 season.”

FireFly Fast Facts:

Length: 30”

Geometry: concave

Material: Composite/ Carbon Fiber

MSRP: FF-C30iQ5 – $100; FF-C60iQ8 – $160

Warranty: 1-Year

Colors: White

See the YouTube Video on the Firelfy

About Epoch Lacrosse:

Epoch Lacrosse delivers the finest manufactured lacrosse equipment designed to increase playability and maximize performance by utilizing world-class materials and manufacturing techniques. Epoch tests and re-tests each of its designs to ensure optimal durability, playability and performance. Epoch’s goal is simple, to give players every opportunity to reach their true potential. Live. Play. Be.

Visit http://www.EpochLacrosse.com to learn more about Epoch and its products.

To stay up-to-date on Epoch’s line-up of products “like” them on Facebook.com/Epochlax.

You can also follow Epoch on Twitter @epochlax and check out their blog at http://www.LivePlayBe.com