Friday, February 11, 2011
What's In My Bag, Part Deux

Our ongoing series details the gear our own Comlax store managers are using. Checking in this time is Kyle Minaker, who manages our sweet ComLax store up in Dover, New Hampshire. The growth of lacrosse in New Hampshire and all of New England has been very very impressive the last few years and Kyle is in the heart of our New Hampshire presence. Let's go digging through his own gear bag:

The go to stick at the moment is a STX Surgeon (white) with 6 Diamond Rubber mesh all-white strings on an STX SCI-TI Pro. I'm digging the stiffness and lightness of the new Surgeon - it reminds me of a new age Clutch, and the rubber mesh adds a new realm for my whip. The back-up wand is a yellow Brine Clutch with white 6 diamond mesh, grey strings, on a Warrior Dolomite TTM. I'm rocking an all Black Cascade CPX-R with chrome mask full tilt, with a black chin and orange straps. Next is the STX G-22 shoulder pads, STX K-18 Arm Guards white and silver, and my white with black original Kings for gloves. For footwear I have a pair of Nike Speedlax 2 white and black. for cleats, and original Michael Vicks for Turfs. Normal accessories include granola bars, bananas, water, powerade, black mid-calfs, baggy shorts, dangle and sty.


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Tuesday, February 08, 2011
What's In My Bag?

Marty Bulhoes is the store manager of one of our more heavily trafficked lacrosse stores, the Comlax in Braintree, Massachusetts. We check in with him today about what he's using these days for lax equipment, in a series we will appropriately call "What's In My Bag?" We know, creative!

What's in Marty Bulhoes' bag, you ask? Wonder no more!

Stick:  Warrior Evo Pro 2.0 (all white, no "flash" here!) w/ old school Brine Titanium D-Pole (cut down)

Helmet: Cascade Pro7 Chrome

Gloves: Warrior Sugar Daddy

Pads: STX Cell Arm Guards

Cleats: Warrior Burn 4.0's

Stay tuned for more....

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Thursday, February 17, 2011
Select Lacrosse Teams

When it comes to select lacrosse teams, I wonder: do they benefit the player or the program?

After being involved with a few "select" lacrosse organizations over the years, I'm starting to wonder if the right intention is there? With the sport of lacrosse growing at the rate it is, it seems anyone that has the slightest bit of lacrosse knowledge and access to the proper equipment/facilities can start lacrosse leagues, camps, teams, etc with very little effort.
The term "Select Team" used to be a title pertaining to an elite or advanced status. Nowadays, it seems like "select" teams are popping up everywhere, which, in a way, appears to water down the talent pool or provide individuals who couldn't make their team of choice a second chance, or means of redemption. 
Now I ask -does this benefit the lacrosse player or the lacrosse program? Is the average John Smith, who failed his or her attempt at one team make them a stud on another? Does that produce a false sense of hope for the player? Are the programs doing it for the right reasons or does it all just boil down to dollars? 
Who really gets the most out of it?
Discuss! How have your experiences been in regards to select teams? Is this just growing pains for the fast-growing sport of lacrosse?
--Marty Bulhoes, Comlax Store Manager, Braintree, MA

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Monday, February 21, 2011
Lacrosse in New England

 Enhancing Your Knowledge Of The Game 

By Kyle Prussing, Manager of ComLax in Franklin, Massachusetts
For many young children and adults, lacrosse is somewhat of an unfamiliar sport. As the sport continues to grow at a staggering rate, it seems beneficial to enhance your knowledge of the game. Many of us have busy schedules and it is often hard to put family activities on the back burner. I have compiled a few suggestions that will be both beneficial to both your child and yourself.
Although many perceive lacrosse hotbeds only existing in places like Baltimore and Long Island, many tend to forget about lacrosse in New England, which is home to some of the finest Universities and Athletic programs in the country. For most, these places are only within a 15 or 20 minute drive and once you arrive on campus, you’ll find that you won’t be disappointed!  Most of the programs listed below are Division 1, 2 ,3 or club. I hope that you can take a few hours this spring and catch the action of one of the fastest growing sports in America.
  • Tufts Univeristy, Medford, Massachusetts (Division 3): 2010 national champions, NESCAC Conference, games to watch include Middlebury, Connecticut College and Bowdoin
  • Harvard University,  Cambridge, Massachusetts (Division 1): Ivy League Conference, games to watch include Princeton, Cornell, Brown
  • Bentley College, Waltham, Massachusetts (Division 2):  Northeast-10 Conference, games to watch include Merrimack, Le Moyne, Adelphi
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts (Division 1): Colonial Conference,  games to watch include Hofstra, Army, Syracuse, Deleware
  • Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (Club): games to watch include Northeastern
  • Bryant University,  Smithfield, Rhode Island (Division 1): Northeast-10 Conference, games to watch include Army, Dartmouth, Providence
Another New England Lacrosse event worth seeing is the 2011 New England Classic on Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, where you'll be able to see Syracuse University vs. Providence College AND Princeton University vs. Dartmouth College
I hope you all find this info helpful and will take the time to get out, enjoy, watch and support the great game of lacrosse. I promise this will be a fun event and provide valuable insight for both you and your child.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Lacrosse Observations

After watching a couple college lacrosse games from this past weekend (Syracuse vs Denver & Duke vs Notre Dame), the "gear junkie" in me started paying more attention to what players were rocking for equipment rather than the game itself.

A few interesting observations were...

  • Duke was wearing an airbrushed metallic royal TII helmet - almost EVERYONE on Duke & Denver was using a Brine Clutch X or Brine Clutch  X6 - one of Duke's & Notre Dame's F-OFF men were using a Warrior Emperor x6, interesting!
  • The Nike Vapor Elite SU gloves looked sick!
  • Syracuse likes to rock the chrome wands!
  • STX Surgeon10 was in full force on a good portion of 'cuse's players - Notre Dame's all gold cascade lids were sweet! (we have a sample of this helmet at our Braintree store)
  • Cuse & Notre Dame look strong!

--Marty Bulhoes, ComLax Store Manager, Braintree, MA

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Where Are They Now?

Listed below are some current/former ComLax employees and what they are doing now in college lacrosse.

During the past 3 years, I have had the distinct pleasure of working alongside some great people and great lacrosse players. Many of these folks provided great insight and knowledge about the game and touched the lives of many customers. This spring many of these gentlemen will take the field for each of their respective institutions.

Danno Lynch (Medfield, MA/Avon Old Farms). Danno is now a mid-fielder at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. After a strong 2010 campaign (33-8-41), Lynch returns to Gettysburg as one of the top mid-fielders in Division 3. Lynch says “Baltimore or bust!”

Quinn Cully (Duxbury, MA). Quinn is now a mid-fielder at Notre Dame and a great athletic player who saw action in ten games last year for the Irish, who were the national runners up in NCAA Division 1. Quinn looks to improve on a great freshman campaign, so look for him to have a break-out sophmore year.

John Fitzgerald (Hingham, MA). John now plays attack at Syracuse University. A prolific scorer in high school, Fitzy led the Harbormen to the Massachusetts Division 2 championship. Prior to Hingham, John played at the Rivers School in Weston, MA. During the summer months, he ran with the Fighting Clams select team. This fall John took his talents to powerhouse Syracuse, where he looks to add some depth at attack to a very highly touted freshman class.

Ryan Holbrook (Braintree, MA). Ryan played for Braintree High School and is now a defenseman at  UMass Dartmouth. “Breezy” started in all games at close defense for the Coursairs and after some significant time as a freshman, Coach Feroce at UMass looks to Holbrook to anchor the defense on this year’s squad.

I know I have omitted some folks (sorry guys) but promise to re-visit as more time permits!

--Kyle Prussing, Manager of ComLax, Franklin, MA

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Friday, February 25, 2011
Dyed vs Chromed/Cosmetic Plated Lacrosse Heads

Is it a battle of good vs evil, right vs wrong or just one way to stand out verses another? It's becoming more frequent in lacrosse to see lees "solid white" lacrosse heads out there. I'm not just talking about a lacrosse stick's pocket makeup but the actual lacrosse head itself. There are a few common means to promote the "flare" you intend - dyeing, chrome plating and/or cosmetically painting or brushing your head.
What way is the best? Is there a best way? Is it all personal preference? This all could be a fad, but if so why did the head dyeing fad live strong in the late '80s to early '90s and now, most recently, resurface like a repeating clothing trend from years past? Will the chrome/cosmetic processes follow suit, even though it's not as durable as dye?
Will the old phrase "an all white stick/pocket hides the ball better from the goalie" ever have meaning again?
--Marty Bulhoes, ComLax manager, Braintree, MA

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Monday, February 28, 2011
The Rise & Fall of the Titanium Lacrosse Shaft

In the early '90s Dave Morrow (former Princeton D-Man & Warrior CEO)  and his father introduced the lax world to a shaft that put all other materials to shame, the Titanium Lacrosse Shaft. To this day, per square inch of shaft there is STILL no material used that equals the overall strength of Titanium.  Obviously there are now much lighter shafts, but nothing compares to the power of the king.
The greatest attribute of a titanium shaft is its durability - wow, there's a shocker! But do you understand why it's so durable? Titanium, unlike all other alloys, if bent or warped (especially for D-poles) can be worked back into shape without ruining the overall integrity of the shaft. When titanium dents or bends it takes much greater force to stress fracture than that of an alloy mixed material. 
I once pondered selling my great idea of using Depleted Uranium (material used in tank armor) as a means for lacrosse shaft material but looked into the cost and the need for radioactive protection from handling the stuff, so I pulled the plug. If Titanium is the "BEST" then why after 20 or so years has it become scarce?
One simple conclusion is cost, cost for manufacturers to make and cost for consumers to purchase. It seems as if weight plays a major role, along with color options too. Whatever it might actually be that has caused the near extinction of the strongest shaft ever will remain a mystery. But for all that are aware of it greatness, we salute you for a great run!
-- Marty Bulhoes, Store Manager, ComLax Braintree

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