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

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 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

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

College gear: Sixth-ranked Cabrini sizzles on the field, Posted 4/12/12

The Cabrini College men’s lacrosse team has won eight straight games and has moved up to No. 6 in the USILA rankings in Division III with a 9-2 record.

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The Cavaliers, led by coach Steve Colfer, are 4-0 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference and have won 107 straight league games after Wednesday’s 19-5 victory over Centenary.

Junior attackman Bobby Thorp leads the team this year with 30 goals and 21 assists and was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Mid-Atlantic Region Offensive Player of the Week last week. Senior Brian Hill (Ridley) has 28 goals and 13 assists and junior Matt Biegel (West Chester East) has 16 goals, while freshman Damian Sobieski (Avon Grove) has 14 goals and freshman Mike Leyden (Haverford High) has 12.

Junior Andrew Kvech, Senior John McSorley (Ridley) and junior Tyler Grau have led the defense and freshman Anthony DiNenno (Avon Grove) has been a standout at the face-off X by winning 68.4 percent of his draws (106 of 155).

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Junior Erick Zarzecki has yielded just 45 goals and made 82 saves.

Cabrini is a true Philly squad; 26 of the players on the roster are from the Philly or South Jersey regions.

Cascade Pro7 helmet - back

Maverik Rome gloves

The Cavs’ final home game is April 14 vs. Immaculata.

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Their gear features Cascade Pro7 helmets, Maverik Rome gloves and Nike uniforms.

Checking out the Gear: Oregon goalie Oppenheimer releases new design for Ducks’ helmets

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 2/19/12

When Stephen Oppenheimer directs the defense today for the nationally-ranked University of Oregon men’s lacrosse team in its MCLA game (1 p.m. Western Standard Time) at Sonoma State University in California, the Ducks’ Warrior helmets will look quite familiar to him.

Oregon Helmet decal designed by goalie Stephen Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer, a Germantown Academy (PA) graduate and transfer from Cabrini College, designed his team’s helmet decals and released them exclusively to

The Ducks are ranked No. 8 in MCLA’s Division I rankings and stand 1-1 after bowing to No. 7 Cal Poly, 15-12. Oppenheimer, a sophomore, is the team’s No. 2 goalie but played extensively in the Duck’s 13-8 opening-day win over Cal.

Oregon helmet back - Stephen Oppenheimer

Last season Oregon earned a trip to the MCLA championships after repeating as PNCLL champions. The Ducks were ousted in the second round by Michigan, 13-8.

Oppenheimer also designs for his family’s apparel business, Wave One of Conshohocken, and was the designer for Chestnut Hill College’s new uniforms and pinnies. Click here for story. His uniform and pinnee designs for Rebel Elite Club will be released this week on

Oppenheimer said he had some guidelines to follow in making the design. Oregon’s wings were created by Phil Knight, the co-founder and Chairman of Nike and an oregon grad.

“For the helmet stickers, my objective was to pay tribute to the Ducks football team,” Oppenheimer said. “‘Uncle Phil’ has tight restrictions on us using the Ducks’ wings so we had to come up with something 100 percent unique that wouldn’t violate the restrictions. What I came up with is what you see.

“I have also designed our sweats and shooter shirts as well as some gear we will be getting through Wave One.”

Oppenheimer transferred to Oregon mainly because of its acclaimed Product Design program.

“Through high school I never really took art classes so a career in art and design never really crossed my mind. But once I started designing for my pops I fell in love with the field of design and it has ultimately brought me here to the U of O to study Product Design.

“I started getting into uniform design two summers ago when I designed our uniforms for Team Wave One. That design is still one of my favorites that I have ever done. Since then I’ve designed hundreds of jerseys, shorts, pinnies and skirts for teams all over the country

“My ultimate career goal is to design sneakers, obviously being at U of O, I am heavily drawn to Nike. And thoughts of keeping the family business in the family always come into consideration if I am skilled enough in my profession after 3 or 4 years here.”

Why are lacrosse players getting into design more and more?

Stephen Oppenheimer

“It’s simple: look good, play good,” he said. “Every athlete is somewhat concerned with how they look while they’re playing. and I am most definitely one of those players. Players know what the trends in the game are and players know what’s going to look good.”

“I enjoy it so much because I enjoy starting with nothing but a blank template and creating something 100% unique from scratch. I enjoy being able to come up with new designs, new patterns etc., that wil hopefully make the customers ecstatic about what their team will wear and come back to me for future designs.”

Checking out the Gear: Chestnut Hill College (PA) men look to make mark in Division II in only their third season, Posted 2/16/12

LaxGearZone will be bringing you the hottest and newest lacrosse gear and apparel being used by the nation’s high school, college, club and youth teams.

Sublimated pinnie front - Wave One

We begin our coverage of the hottest gear with Chestnut Hill College (PA), aiming to become a Division II power after knocking off eventual national champion Mercyhurst and fellow DII power Dowling last season in only its second year of lacrosse and first year under coach Brian Dougherty, a former NCAA and MLL multi-Goalkeeper of the Year and US World Team standout.

The Griffins will look sleek in these sublimated pinnies and Nike Huarache3 shoes. The pinnies were designed and supplied by Wave One of Conshohocken (PA).

Sublimated pinnie - Wave One

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