Well, we've opened our doors in Needham, Masschusetts. This is our 12th Commonwealth Lacrosse store, so hey, we're getting pretty good at opening these! The Needham store is located at 1299 Highland Avenue, right across from the Bertucci's, about a half mile away from our Pure Hockey store. At the very least, our employees at the store will have a very good lunch option! Anyway, we also thought it would make some sense to introduce Mike Cignarale, the store manager at the Needham store. Here's an example of a pretty qualified guy - Mike played in four straight national championships and has played at Gillette Stadium and at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore as well. We did a quick interview with him to get you better familiarized. Now you can go to the store and pretend you know him and freak him out!
1. How did you first get into the game of lacrosse?
I first started playing lacrosse in the spring of 8th Grade - a late start compared to most who grew up in Central New York! My Tech teacher, who was also the Varsity Lacrosse coach, suggested I try out for lacrosse in the spring. Most of my hockey buddies played lacrosse, so I gave it a try and after that first year, I was hooked.
2. What’s the biggest difference for you regarding lacrosse gear/equipment from when you were a kid vs. the gear available today?
When I started playing lacrosse in 2001, the equipment was beginning to change pretty rapidly. Brine was what our high school carried, but it was very basic gear - more similar to starter package gear that you see now. Lacrosse gear today is certainly of better quality, more protective and lighter. Sticks have also come along way since the Brine Shotgun head and the A6 shaft, but it still got the job done. Back then, we didnt care what equipment we used. We just loved to play the game.
3. What are you using for gear these days? Anything you’re dying to try out?
Currently I wear all Brine equipment - Brine Silo Gloves, Brine Lo-Pro-D Arm Pads and a Brine Swizz Beat D Pole with a Brine Clutch X6 head. I really like the Nike Hurrache molded cleat and for a helmet I have the Brine Triumph w/ a Titanium Cage.
I am dying to try out the Warrior Dolo-Diamond D-pole with the STX Professor Head. For new gloves and protective I was really impressed with the Maverick Rome Series - the gear is comfortable and looks really protective.
4. Describe the experiences of playing at Gilette Stadium and winning it all.
At Lemoyne during my 4 years, we attended all four Division II National Championships. The championship weekend is a lot of fun. Seeing Baltimore's M & T Bank Stadium and Gillette Stadium in Foxborough was an amazing experience. The crowd, the size of the stadium, the whole event is something special. Nothing really compares to winning it all in 2007 - its a tough feeling to describe. After the long season and all the travel it almost doesn't sink in right away, but its a great feeling to know that you accomplished the ultimate goal.
5. What was the last thing you laughed really hard at?
The last thing I laughed really hard at was the Spike series Blue Mountain State - hilarious
Here's some pictures of the store for you: