Daily Archives: October 7, 2010

Lacrosse Equipment: Easton-Bell Sports Will Launch “Easton Lacrosse” With Focus On “New Lacrosse Helmet Technologies” To Compliment “Cutting Edge Lacrosse Shafts And Heads”

Easton-Bell Sports bought Talon back in January, and since then it’s been a busy transition for founders Doug Appleton, Blake and Cort Kim, who now head up lacrosse for the big company and are the main men behind the shafts and heads that will launch in February.

They’ve also been working intensely on a new lacrosse helmet that’s being designed with direct influences from the other sports Easton-Bell and Giro work on in Scotts Valley, where half the staff heads out at lunch to bike through the winding mountain roads near the Monterey Bay between San Jose and San Francisco. (The company’s corporate headquarters is down in Van Nuys, but lacrosse is with the rest of its action sports at this office.)

Mike Lowe, Vice President of Research and Development at Easton-Bell Sports.

The sports equipment maker  wants to control the markets for hockey, lacrosse and baseball helmets — and leading these efforts is a growing work force based in a newly-occupied, renovated office building in Santa Cruz County.

The expansion comes as Easton-Bell’s net income climbs and as the markets for recreational hockey and lacrosse customers continue to grow nationwide.

The company opened its helmet technology center in a 45,000-square-foot building in Scotts Valley this summer, after moving it from a 35,000-square-foot facility in Santa Cruz. It has around 150 employees in the building on Scotts Valley Drive near Highway 17, with about 25 people who focus on helmet design, said Mike Lowe, vice president of research and development.

Read more: Easton-Bell Sports expands its line to capitalize on growing hockey and lacrosse trend – Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal

For more:  http://insidelacrosse.com/news/2010/10/07/behind-scenes-easton-bells-helmet-technology-center

The 2010 San Francisco Lacrosse Fall Classic: Johns Hopkins Men’s Lacrosse (7-8), Coming Off First Losing Record Season Since 1971, Considers Game Against Notre Dame “First True Indicator Of Where The Blue Jays Are”

Nine days from now, Johns Hopkins will meet 2010 NCAA tournament finalist Notre Dame in the San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic at Kezar Stadium, and that scrimmage could serve as the first true indicator of where the Blue Jays are and where they could be headed.

Until then, coach Dave Pietramala is spending his days evaluating the players, and his assessment is still under construction.

“I think it’s difficult to gauge where we are right now,” he said. “We haven’t played against anybody else yet. What I would tell you is that the attitude of this team, the approach of this team, the way we’re practicing is different from what it was a year ago. There is a sense of focus, a sense of urgency. The older guys have done a very nice job of leading, and I think we enter the season — after an un-Hopkins-like season — with a sense of humility and a sense of focus and desire to get back at it. So this has been a pretty focused group. They’ve done the things we’ve asked them to do. It’s been an enjoyable group to be around. We’re young. We’re still very young. We might be the youngest team in Division I lacrosse right now with the freshmen and sophomores, but the seniors have really set a good tone for this group. Where we’ll be, that’s to be determined. I make no predictions right now, but what we are doing is, the kids are practicing hard. They’re enthusiastic. They’re excited to come back to practice the next day. We’ve done some different things in terms of drills and how we’re practicing, and it’s been a positive step after the disappointment from a year ago.”

Compiling the program’s first losing record (7-8) since 1971 was a humbling experience for all involved, and Pietramala questioned his own practices and strategies, eventually agreeing to make changes.

For more: http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/lacrosse/blog/2010/10/johns_hopkins_still_in_constru.html

October 2010 “Lacrosse Magazine” Digital Edition Is Released Featuring Debate Over The Best Goalie Of All-Time, Chesapeake Bayhawks, And Division III Recruiting


NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse To Hold Annual Alumni Game Oct. 8 And Will Face Delaware, Navy And Sienna On Oct. 24 In Delaware

Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Nick Myers talks about fall ball schedule and its annual alumni game Friday night under the lights at the Harmon Family Football Park. Beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Fall Ball 2010

The current Buckeyes will take on the alumni squad, followed by an alumni game and the Scarlet vs. Gray game for the current players on adjacent fields about 7:15 p.m. 

The team will wrap up the fall schedule with three games at Delaware Sunday, Oct. 24. The Buckeyes will take on Delaware, Navy and Sienna in Newark, Del.

Friday marks the second alumni gathering for the Buckeyes this fall. Sept. 17 the team held the Lindner Family Memorial Golf Outing on the Scarlet Course at the Ohio State Golf Club. The outing, which was run in conjunction with the Ohio State Men’s Varsity O organization, raised more than $10,000 for the Aidan W., Daniel P., and Angela M. Lindner Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund.

Buckeye News and Notes

  • Congrats to assistant coach Dave Dobbins and his wife, Erin, on the birth of their daughter, Colleen Josephine, Tuesday afternoon. Their first child, she weighed in at 6 lbs. 14 oz and is 21 ½” long.
  • Terry Gilmore, Ohio State’s all-time leading point scorer and a two-time Midwest Lacrosse Association Player of the Year, was named an assistant coach at Colorado College. He most recently was the head coach at Cheyenne Mountain High School and was a two-time Colorado Springs Gazette Coach of the Year.
  • Former Buckeye Kevin Buchanan competed in the Bowhunter Cup, an international exhibition between the United States and the Iroquois Nationals, a warm-up for the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship set for May 21-28, 2011. Buchanan is one of a select group of players Team USA will be drawn from.

MCLA Men’s Lacrosse: Simon Fraser Men’s Lacrosse To Play Sonoma State, UC Davis And Chico State On Oct. 8-10 In Northern California

The Simon Fraser Clan lacrosse team will be California dreaming this weekend when they go to Northern California to play three exhibition games against American foes.

On Oct. 8, the Clan go to Rohnert Park to take on Sonoma State University at 4:00 p.m. A quick turnaround will then see SFU play UC Davis at noon on Oct. 9 before continuing their drive back up north for a morning game versus Chico State at 11:00 a.m. on Oct. 10.

Co-head coaches Jeff Cathrea and Brent Hoskins, now in their seventh season coaching the squad, will have one of the youngest teams in the nation in 2011, with only six upperclassmen penciled in on the roster.

For more:   http://www.burnabynow.com/entertainment/movie-guide/Clan+lacrosse+team+playing+California+exhibitions/3633830/story.html

MCLA Men’s Lacrosse: BYU Men’s Lacrosse Opens Fall Season Against Utah Oct. 6 And Concludes It In The “Best Of The West” Lacrosse Tournament In Las Vegas On Nov. 13

The Cougars open at 8 p.m. tonight, as they take on the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Their fall schedule consists of 11 matches, ending Nov. 13 at the Best of the West Lacrosse Tournament in Las Vegas.

The schedule includes Westminster College, Colorado State, University of Northern Colorado and Denver University. Last season in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference, Colorado State finished first, while Utah and BYU were second and third, respectively.

BYU senior midfielder Daniel Cole said he is confident his team will be one to beat this year. Cole said the opener against the Utes is always a big game for both incoming freshmen and returners. 

“They have a great team; it’s always a challenge, but we’ll come straight out the gate,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to prove how good we are in our conference and other national ranking teams.”

Second-year Cougar coach Matt Schneck said the team is looking forward to some real competition.

“It is a good opportunity to see what we have as a team,” he said. “I am excited to see the first opportunity to see the guys play someone other than themselves.”

Billy Nixon, a sophomore defender, said he is not nervous and thinks his team is well-prepared for its first game. 

“It’ll be a good game to see what we need to work and improve on,” Nixon said. 

Tyler Monteath, a senior midfielder and one of the team captains, said he is planning on success.

“I expect to come out with a win,” he said. “The games against Utah are always good. There’s a good rivalry and always good competition.”

The team is also preparing for the Cougar Fall Invitational on Oct. 30 on its home turf on the North University Fields. Fans can cheer them on as they take on UVU, Westminster College and Utah.

While some teams are focused on the first couple games of their season, BYU players are thinking of their end results. At the end of the fall lacrosse season, the Best of the West Lacrosse Tournament will be an event to watch, as many nationally ranked teams across the west will come together in Las Vegas.

“We need to continue the way we’re going and perform well there,” Nixon said. “We will show other teams that we truly are the best of the west.”

Schneck also said the Las Vegas tournament will be a good way to lead into the spring season.

 “The off-season wouldn’t be complete without our annual trip to the Best of the West Tournament,” Schneck said in a news release. “We are looking forward to our final run-through as a team before we head into the regular season.”

Monteath knows this tournament from past seasons and said there is tough competition there, like Arizona State and Colorado State. However, he said he will reassure the team that they are just as good.

“We should expect to win it,” he said. “I am very confident about our team this year.”

“Our toughest opponent will be Colorado State,” Schneck said. “This tournament has great teams, great coaches, and it will be a great day for us to compete against them. We’ll learn a lot about ourselves.”

While the lacrosse team has many freshmen, it also has just as many returners and many older players coming back from missions. 

“We usually have a young team, but we’ve been working toward a balanced roster,” Schneck said.

On a personal note, the lacrosse team has amplified its intensity and changed as a whole. Nixon said the new coaching system reflects less on winning games than on building character. Nixon said he played for both coaches and can see a completely new and different attitude. 

“It has made us better players as we strive to become better men, better students and better priesthood holders,” Nixon said. “We have high standards and a strong spirit, which makes us a more unified team.”

We try to do things outside of lacrosse to get to know each other on a different, less athletic level,” Monteath said. “We do fun activities and firesides to see a different and spiritual side of each other.”

“Lacrosse is a small sport as it is,” Cole said, “but there’s a really strong bond within the team regardless. Our team is as strong as ever.”

For more:  http://universe.byu.edu/node/11245