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.
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....
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.
Lacrosse in New England
Enhancing Your Knowledge Of The Game
By Kyle Prussing, Manager of ComLax in Franklin, Massachusetts
- 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
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
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
Dyed vs Chromed/Cosmetic Plated Lacrosse Heads
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.